Should I ditch my fossil-fueled car?

Should I ditch my fossil-fueled car? Yes. Reducing the number of cars in your household, or switching from petrol/diesel to electric, will dramatically reduce your greenhouse gas emissions. It’s one of the easiest and highest-impact climate steps you can take. New Zealand is being flooded with cars The New Zealand vehicle fleet is increasing rapidly. …

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WR Press Release: Recent Climate Reports Underscore Genuine Emergency

The Wise Response Society is anxious the underlying message in a suite of recent reports about the evolving climate crisis is fully recognised and heeded. While the New Zealand Government has been making big efforts to address national climate risks, what these reports together do is reinforce the need for all sectors of the economy …

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Joshua Farley: Economics of the Anthropocene – Video

Published on Dec 2, 2014 Joshua Farley was one of 45 leading scholars, authors and activists who convened at The Great Hall of Cooper Union, New York City, on October 25-26, 2014, for the public presentation: “Techno-Utopianism and the Fate of the Earth.” Speakers discussed the profound impacts—environmental, economic and social—of runaway technological expansionism and …

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A Mandate to move away from Economic Growth? – Dr Niki Harré

As demand for growth exceeds earth’s physical limits causing unprecedented risks, what knowledge and changes do we need to secure New Zealand’s future wellbeing? Niki Harré, Professor of Psychology, The University of Auckland In democratic societies like Aotearoa NZ, it is not possible to solve major social and environmental problems in a wholly top-down manner. …

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Inequality and the Climate Crisis – Dr Robert Howell

Inequality and the Climate Crisis  Dr Robert Howell Reflections on Gough’s Heat, Greed and Human Need November 2019   Stern dismissed any significant relationship between environmental and social policy, by saying that there is little point in equitable access to a train wreck.  Gough in his book, Heat, Greed and Human Need disagrees.  He states …

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Wise Response Submission to Otago’s Water Quality Plan Change

Wise Response has submitted to the Otago Regional Council’s Proposed Plan Change 6AA to change the Water Quality Plan. Essentially discharge standards and water quality limits and targets were agreed in 2014 after exhaustive Environment supervised mediation with all. These were to be meet by 1 April 2020, or resource consents would need to be …

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