David Farrar, at Kiwiblog, brings comfort to his readers today with an item which advises against becoming over-population alarmists.
Reproduced from HumanProgress.org, a project of the Cato Institute, the item says unwarranted panic about overpopulation is a big problem that has led to human rights abuses and much pointless suffering.
It invites us to consider the long history of overpopulation alarmism and how the doomsayers’ fears have failed to materialise again and again.
Inevitably, we are reminded that – two centuries ago – Thomas Malthus’s Essay on Population warned that out-of-control population growth would deplete resources and bring about widespread famine. Continue reading “Population growth may not be threatening – but does govt fostering of fecundity make Green sense?”
With Green Party support, the Government will remove a disincentive to the population growth that experts reckon is the number one contributor to the degradation of the global environment.
Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni announced the removal of the disincentive among changes to the country’s welfare system (but just a few, for now) in response to the report from the Welfare Expert Advisory Group.
The government will remove the benefit sanction which penalised solo mothers who did not name their child’s father, the fellow who should be picking up the tab for raising the child – or his fair share of it – that resulted from a procreative romp in the hay.
Taxpayers – lucky us – will take over this responsibility. Continue reading “A Green dilemma – trying to square govt support for families with the degrading environmental consequences”
The Green Party’s disappointment at the voting down of the Canterbury Regional Council (Ngāi Tahu Representation) Bill was expressed in a press statement headed Ngāi Tahu Representation Bill would have been a step forward.
A step forward to what?
Or rather, a step away from what?
Ngai Tahu gave a strong clue to the answer to the second question in 2015, when they shamelessly declared that restoring full democratic elections would be a “step backwards” for Canterbury.
The Greens endorsed this sentiment when co-leader Marama Davidson said tangata whenua have guaranteed political rights on a national level but
“ … representation is often lacking or non-existent in local government. This does not always make for robust decision making and in the past has led to significant breaches of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.” Continue reading “Treaty considerations colour the Greens’ thinking about democracy and the dilution of our voting power”
The Green Party’s urge to strengthen our democracy through a Member’s Bill, the Electoral Strengthening Democracy Bill, should portend Green willingness to try to stall a Ngai Tahu power grab in Canterbury. But don’t hold your breath.
Green electoral reform spokesperson Golriz Ghahraman, who is introducing the bill, said New Zealand proudly has a strong democratic system – but
“… there is definitely room for improvement to ensure we have the best democratic system possible and that access is fair”.
“The Bill seeks to stop unfair influence and potential corruption in politics.”
This implies the Greens will help to stymie passage of the Canterbury Regional Council (Ngāi Tahu Representation) Bill, a measure designed to allow Ngai Tahu to bypass the electoral system and appoint two representatives with full voting rights on to the Canterbury Regional Council.
Continue reading “‘Democracy’ rhetoric suggests Greens will oppose Ngai Tahu power grab – but let’s not count on it”
PM Jacinda Ardern has been making waves in the Swiss Alps, we are informed by Amanda Larsson of Greenpeace NZ, writing in the Dominion-Post. It’s a feat to command worldwide attention.
Moreover, Larsson believes Ardern quickly emerged as a “star of the show” at the World Economic Forum and a leader on climate change.
“We should be proud that, with the eyes of the world on us, we’re returning to our rightful place on an issue of great moral fortitude”.
But, wait for it,
“ … before we bask too much, we must also turn our eyes closer to home and make sure that what we’re doing to tackle climate change matches our bold global stance”. Continue reading “Climate change and environmentalists – it’s time they gave the green light to GE science”
The Green Party’s food policy may need revisiting, in the light of research published in the past week.
The policy was introduced in May 2017 by Green Party MP Mojo Mathers, who lost her list place in Parliament at the general election.
How we produce, distribute and consume food is of critical importance to growing
resilient healthy communities, minimising our ecological footprint and maintaining a
stable economy, she said. That’s why food policy lies at the heart of Green policy.
“Aotearoa New Zealand can reap multiple benefits from a healthy and equitable food system that ensures environmental protection, social connection, and healthy communities.”
Continue reading “Research suggests we should take a harder look at the benefits of organic foods”
Greenpeace has got its knickers in a twist over the government’s decision not to include agriculture within the emissions trading scheme as part of reforms which the government says will help improve the operation of the scheme.
But Greenpeace registers “disbelief” that what it calls the country’s biggest polluter is still being excluded from the scheme.
Point of Order, noting the increasing stridency of Greenpeace lobbying on climate change, believes it reflects the organisation’s dismay that the Green Party is not doing its job (as Greenpeace sees it) on climate change.
Almost certainly Winston Peters, as leader of NZ First, put the kibosh on bringing agriculture into the ETS. He knows it would not only choke the country’s leading export industries but kill off any support NZ First has tried to win by portraying itself as the “saviour” of failing provincial economies. Continue reading “Greenpeace gets heated over decision to protect exports and keep farming out of ETS”