Julio Bin, Brazilian Consultant, Professor and Speaker on Sustainability and Business Development (Ultimo)
posted Thu July 24th 2014 @ 7:35 PM
There is no PLANet B.
Sustainability is not just to do with the environment, but also our culture or society, how it thinks and what it does en-masse on a daily basis. Imagine - if our society is living sustainably and we are ‘consciously’ not creating consumer waste; that all our purchases are based on quality products, for example ‘clean food’ that everything is biodegradable, on how little waste (packaging) there is, we will be making huge progress.
That reducing our intake is also at the forethought of our minds, that all things are being recycled or reused and that everyone is mindful that we all are part of a ‘closing the loop’ culture our ‘knowingness’ will automatically realise that we are part of a greater whole.
This holistic notion, that we are embedded in the greater dynamics of the biosphere - of us all elegantly cycling ‘through’ everything and being aligned with nature as in ‘Cradle to Cradle’ the idea promulgated by William McDonough, we will be on our way home to being more ‘at one’ with the planetary ecology that we are embedded in.
At present we are far from it, as this is not being languaged from any level of Government, who at present have no intention of empowering the community to become more 'conscious' - solely because they are not.
This interview with Julio covers his upbringing in Brazil, where it’s the disparity of social economics, that widens the gap between the many poor people just subsisting and not really living in a healthy highly educated community. Read More »
Julie Timmins on Hunger, Housing, Heating, Health ~ the Child Poverty in New Zealand (Ultimo)
posted Thu July 17th 2014 @ 11:23 AM
Hunger Housing Heating Health – the Child Poverty in New Zealand – with Julie Timmins interviewed by Lisa Er.
We live in a society of benefit bashing. This is not only done by the uneducated, but by a wide range of people which includes the attitude of successive governments. This has resulted in the creation of a flawed in work tax credit, worth up to $60 a week, that while good for some families with working parents, discriminates against beneficiaries and so only assists some of the poor.
Our leaders have created a system that has left 27%, or 260,000 of our children being raised in poverty and a large percentage of those children come from families of beneficiaries.
This is basically the choice and the will of the people of New Zealand who are sufficiently hardhearted to say, Go get a job! Where are all the jobs! And where are jobs with appropriate hours for parents, especially women with young children?
How many of our political parties have made child poverty an election issue? Read More »
Christine Rose ~ Rescuing the Maui Dolphin (Ultimo)
posted Thu July 10th 2014 @ 3:49 PM
New Zealand’s Maui dolphin as an iconic species is hovering on the edge of extinction.
Maui’s used to be found all around NZ’s North Island (Te Ika o Maui - The Fish of Maui). Maui’s and Hectors (Papakanua) dolphins (they are sub species of the same group) were the most common dolphin along our coasts prior to the coming of the European.
The area of concern today is from North of Wanganui in the South up to around Maunganui Bluff in North Auckland.
However, their numbers have been falling dramatically, that back in the 1970’s there were 2000 in number and now we are down to around just 55. From 30,000 Hector’s in the 1970s, to 7,000 today, we can see where these species losses are trending.
Three Maui’s dolphins a year are killed in trawl/set nets in NZ, which are their biggest point source threat. We have to eliminate all human induced threats out of the habitat.
Even the IWC, the International Whaling Commission has chided New Zealand's efforts to save the world's rarest species of dolphin from extinction. In their published report, the IWC's Scientific Committee sounded 'extreme concern' over the dwindling numbers of New Zealand's Maui's dolphin, adding the Government's present management measures fell well short of what was needed to reverse their decline.
In NZ we have some of the best science at our disposal, yet we are in the throes of allowing the worlds smallest dolphin to get closer to extinction. NZ the great conservation nation of clean green and wild can not afford to have its ecological/moral high ground eroded if we lose these important creatures. The largest native animals connected to our country. Read More »
Marnie Rowllings Naturopath on Wellness Services and Optimal Health Care (Ultimo)
posted Thu July 3rd 2014 @ 1:54 PM
John Coombs discusses new paradigm proactive health and wellness programs with Naturopath and Wellness Services Manager, Marnie Rowllings.
Marnie and John, who is the Director of Global Health Clinics, chat through new frontier holistic health services which are helping people of all ages throughout New Zealand with personalised wellness programs.
Global Health Clinics helps people with a wide range of conditions from immunity and muscular skeletal issues, through to serious illness including advanced cancer and heart disease.
Marnie guides her clients through the range of options at Global Health. The clinic offers clients a one stop, whole health centre with fully integrated systems, from high tech analytic equipment through to muscular skeletal adjustments. They combine advanced technology with ageless wisdom and compassionate empathy.
John and Marnie discuss a variety of new approaches to wellbeing including Marnie's passion of conscious preconception and pregnancy preparation through to early childhood care, along with new concepts such as epigenetics and quantum healing which are changing the shape of health care. Read More »
Andrew Harvey, Sacred Activism ~ Author, Religious Scholar, Mystic ~2014 LOVE IN ACTION TOUR (Ultimo)
posted Thu June 26th 2014 @ 3:42 PM
What is it to be surrendered? To many people especially in the political sphere this is a contradiction in terms, how can you be endeavouring to change some thing yet be surrendered?
Yet, from a Gandhian perspective, being surrendered to the greater good, to doing everything to benefit the greater whole is in fact the coming paradigm that we are entering.
Gandhi expressed it this way. ‘I live in the centre of a circle that has no circumference.’
It’s called selfless action that transcends service to self.
How do we go about surrendering to a ‘greater power’ than the self?
Spending ones total life devoted to good, to the community at large and society as a whole.
What are the drivers of this? Or, what is it that pulls one to such continuous, compelling actions?
These are some of the subject matter that Andrew talks to in this riveting and captivating interview.
What is this power that is called God? How is God defined? What is the mystical and powerful force that takes over and activates our passion to create positive change that benefits our society and species?
How do we come 'into a union' with the magnificence of the mystical? How does this transcendence translate into action?
From awakening to that which is beyond consensus reality, to how do we awaken? What are the drivers? How are we an instrument for the divine to make itself known? Read More »
Amy McComb ~ Herbalist Healer and Empath (Ultimo)
posted Thu June 19th 2014 @ 2:28 PM
A wander through the wilderness with Amy McComb as we take in the grandeur of nature and a delightful journey through the garden of knowledge.
The uniqueness of the many native trees in NZ allows for a very interesting odyssey for an empath, as trees embed their healing qualities in their being and this can be picked up by those who have an affinity with the plant world.
Married to this is having the proficiency of an honours, botanical science degree, that gives a sense of both what is going on and what is needed.
Maori saw trees as taonga and also that in ancient times trees were in many ways affiliated to god or goddess energy, that they were revered for the healing qualities that reside in them.
Note, that plants are drawn to certain areas and that they can teach us a lot about living together. Kauri don't like to be planted alone, away by themselves, because they will sulk however when grown in a grove, thrive together. Kaihikatea trees tend to grow in circular areas and grow in swampy or wet places as their roots like a damp environment.
Amy mentions how Tanekaha has powerful healing properties for our times, and that plants can have relationships with you as well. These can be every specific and can work on resonance and is a lot deeper than meets the eye. Read More »
Jonathan Evatt on the Columbian Native Kogi and 'their message for humanity' (Ultimo)
posted Thu June 12th 2014 @ 7:03 PM
The Kogi, descendants of the vast Tairona civilisation, and indigenous to Columbia, are perhaps the last pre-Columbian civilisation still living with their ancient culture in tact. For over 500 years they have been living high in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountain range, hidden away from the outside world.
The Kogi world centres around the profound understanding and direct perception of ‘Aluna,’ the creative spiritual dimension of The Great Mother. Descriptions of Aluna suggest it is akin to the Australian Aboriginal dream-time. The Kogi know the Earth to be a living being, arising from Aluna, and that all phenomena on Earth originate from this spiritual dimension. They maintain that our actions of exploitation, devastation, and plundering for resources, and—more importantly—the misuse and abuse of our human energy is weakening the spiritual organisation of the Earth. They see that this is leading humanity and the planet away from the Original Intention of The Great Mother… toward our eventual destruction. They are aware this is not the first time there has imbalance and destruction of this kind, although it is perhaps the first occurrence on such a global scale. Read More »
Steffan Browning talks to Lisa Er about the recently passed Food Bill, GE, and food related issues (Ultimo)
posted Thu May 29th 2014 @ 4:13 PM
Steffan Browning, Green Party Member of Parliament. Spokesperson on:
Organics, GMOs, Fisheries, Agriculture, Bio-security, Customs, Forestry, Security and Intelligence. Steffan has been a member of the select committee on the Food Bill and has been instrumental in promoting changes to the original document.
A new law, replacing the Food Act 1981, was passed in Parliament on May 27th 2014. The bill introduces substantial reforms to the regulatory regime for the safety and suitability of food. This bill has been ten years in the making and has been sent to the select committee twice. It has just passed its third reading in the house and is to become law.
This bill is about food that is for consumption. It sets a new risk based bureaucratic structure that growers and producers will have to face but as consumers that may be a plus for us. Food Safety Minister Nikki Kaye says it will reduce compliance costs. There will be exemptions for small growers. How much bureaucracy should a small grower have to comply with however?
Laws governing the selling of seeds for growing have been changed and are no longer included in the bill. The bill is strictly about the safety of food that we are going to eat.
Steffan Browning and Labour’s Damien O’Connor have both put up amendments to the bill on Country of Origin labelling but the government voted these down. The Green Party has still got Country of Origin labelling in the parliamentary ballot, as that now seems the only way to get the issue addressed.In January 2012, when Steffan was supposed to be on holiday, many people flooded him with letters concerned about this bill. One concern was, where did genetic engineering fit in all of this. After all, it is a food safety issue, since genetically engineered foods are not safe. Read More »
Sacred Activism and Action in our world today, with Diane Marama Winder & Michael Fleck (Ultimo)
posted Thu May 22nd 2014 @ 3:23 PM
The saying that ‘we are spiritual beings having an earth experience’ is resonating with more and more people as this timely clarion call inspires us to action. And as we awaken to the realisation that our society is coming up against limits to our outmoded thinking, belief systems and thresholds - to what is unbridled growth, we are starting to reflect on the inevitable consequences of ‘business as usual.’
‘When the joy of compassionate service is married to a practical and pragmatic drive to transform all existing economic, social, and political institutions, a radical and potentially all-transforming holy force is born.’
This coming from the quintessential sacred activist, Andrew Harvey a global transition leader who invokes the sacred in every thought, deed and action in what is our collective … ever expanding cosmology.
If there was ever a time to fulfill our hearts calling for a better world, it has to be now. Read More »
Brendan Hoare ~ Oceanic Spokesman on International Year of Family Farming 2014 (Ultimo)
posted Thu May 15th 2014 @ 1:43 PM
Brendan is a courageous advocate for growing of healthy food and the World Rural Forum have asked him to participate in what is a world civil societies initiative to the UN's International Year of Family Farming.
70% OF THE WORLD FOOD PRODUCTION IS PROVIDED BY FAMILY FARMERS
Of that 70%
50% comes from arable, cropping and gardening
12.5% come from hunting and gathering
7.5% is produced by small urban farmers
The other 30% of food production comes from highly mechanised Western farming.
25% OF THE WORLD'S POPULATION IS COMPOSED OF WOMEN FARMERS, which comes to about 1,600 million women. These women are usually running the household, bringing up the children, cooking, cleaning and taking care of the sick and or aged parents as well. (Spare a caring thought for them).
So the International Year of Family Farming is not about the family farm or farming, and it is more than just producing food and products. It covers, contracts, teachers, safety, health workers, education, land use, including farm labour, fisheries, forestry incorporating the whole of the global rural regions.
Brendon being the Oceanic representative and coordinator on a National level, gives a broad overview of what the challenges are; he has a team of 4 very qualified people here in NZ to support this initiative. Read More »