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Dedicated to interviewing leading edge experts, practitioners in their field, and people who are living examples of sustainability. Covers environmental subject matter that is not readily discussed in depth in mainstream media.
September 2009 Posts
Do we in NZ take the environmental crises that is rapidly unfolding seriously?The answer has to be NO. And do the major governing political parties in this country see it as a grave situation, and the answer has to be a definite NO! Particularly when elected members refuse to want to educate themselves and learn from scientists as to what is actually happening.There is a difference between pale green and dark green political consciousness. Pale green methods mean to just slow things down, and Dark Green systems mean, take a different course and strategy.
What is needed is the will of the people to “Tick the Box” every three years on our voting paper, to tell the Government that we want a nationwide stand, an in-depth dialogue, that continuous economic growth is without doubt going to take our future away, and that our children are going to be left with the legacy of our refusal to face reality."This has now become a moral issue!"Listen to a 40 year Values campaigner, who asks the hard questions and requests us to self reflect today, and also look at the option of Dark Green Options and also what the ancient Chinese Taoists offer. Being a way we can look at nature and follow a philosophical system that brings us to a more open and honest way of working with natural systems and each other.
Nick who worked along side Jonathan Porritt, noted his leadership qualities as leader of the Ecology Party, before it changed to the Green Party. (Porritt is the son of NZer Sir Arthur Porritt).Nick also managed a very switched on electoral organizing team to obtain 24.5% of the vote, almost 50,000 votes, in the English election for the European Parliament, heading off Labour and the Social Democrats, but as England did not have proportional representation, missed out! Noting that Britain is not really a democracy, but an oligarchy!He was also involved in working towards keeping water boards in local communities hands when privatization was buying up water boards throughout Britain and that we need to be aware that water privatization could come to NZ very soon.
A Quaker who meditates and is a vegetarian, and sees the Quaker values of Equality, Peace, Simplicity, Truth and Integrity as being of vital importance in the near future, for humanity's survival.
The Antara Free Natural Health Clinic here in Auckland is celebrating its 20th year of operation offering assistance to low wage earners and beneficiaries and those who are unable to afford natural health care.Using holistic modalities they assist with counseling, to problems with pain, back & shoulders, allergies, asthma, stress & anxiety, arthritis, repetitive strain injuries, behavioral problems and conflict resolution.Plus, a rural retreat for development and support for young adults set in a beautiful earth brick homestay, inland from Pakari beach and set among organic gardens, orchard, stream and native bush. Founded on the principle of People helping People.
This unique non religious, organization has come together to give to the community with out asking for anything in return.Listen to how they came together and built up these two places of health, healing and goodwill.Clinic: 66 Taikata Rd Te Atatu Nth Auckland Phone: 09 834 7987Web: www.antara.org.nzCheck their web site for the coming celebration-fund raising auction.
Working with school children, hear Niki speak of the Waste project at Western Springs College in Auckland as a precursor to larger initiatives regarding Recycling, Landfill and Food scraps.Co-author and compiler of the book ‘Carbon Neutral’ by 2020 with Quentin Atkinson; this has had superb reviews in this country, we hear how quickly it came together with a large number of expert contributors laying out most of the possibilities for NZ to become truly a sustainable green country by 2020.As a psychologist she notes that humans need to belong and have warm human relationships, and be effective by doing something successfully that validates us and have the integrity to feel that we can be who we are, (or who I am).
Working in groups of people such as Transition Towns can really validate oneself and give feelings of belonging.Niki as a tireless worker for social justice with loads of enthusiasm, lays out possibilities to engage in social, political and especially ecological change and inspires us all to never give up!
Dr Niki Harré: http://www.psych.auckland.ac.nz/people/Harre/Harre.htm