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It’s not hopeless: How to not give up on social change

“I cannot do all the good that the world needs. But the world needs all the good that I can do.” – Jana Stanfield In the wake of news that climate change may be happening even faster than we previously thought, how should we react? In any person’s life, there will be at least one time (More...)

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The ETS: Not a climate solution

New Zealand’s mistake As countries around the world work to fulfill their obligations under the new Paris agreement, they will turn to various regulatory systems to limit greenhouse gas emissions. From direct regulation, to carbon taxation, to cap-and-trade, many countries have multiple already existing national policies to expand upon in the coming years. Unfortunately, New Zealand (More...)

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Climate Justice and the TPPA

The people speak out Last Thursday, over 2000 people set up blockades around Auckland Central to protest the signing of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement, shutting down traffic in the area. Later that day, 15,000 people marched in the streets and joined the blockade in front of the Grand Hotel, where the deal was being (More...)

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First, Look Within: The Pros and Cons of Individual Action

Social change requires movements. We each bring our uniqueness to the table, but we are stronger together. Individual action When you think about creating social change, what strategy comes to mind first? For a lot of people, responsibility for change lies with the individual. A society is made up of individuals, after all, so it (More...)

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What is Climate Justice?

Climate change has been a topical issue for decades now, however “climate justice” is a relatively new concept. So what is it and how is it different from other environmental movements? Climate change as an ethical, political issue In the early 1980s in the United States, a new movement grew out of multiple protests and (More...)

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The Road Towards Full Divestment for Otago

By Aoife Hutton   GOOD NEWS. We’re halfway there. The road towards full Divestment for Otago At the end of July this year, staff and students welcomed the University of Otago Foundation Trust’s decision to divest from fossil fuel exploration and extraction. This is a very significant step. It adds Otago to the growing list (More...)

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