Where is Sue Kedgley? What is she doing now after 12 years as a Green MP in parliament? Sue is reinventing herself as a freelance writer, columnist and media trainer and consumer advocate.
Having been in parliament, Sue is in a perfect position to comment on the difficulty for back benchers to promote any significant change in the government. She has also listened to people saying that they feel disgusted by the parliamentary process and are completely turned off by the nastiness and hostility in the debating chamber.
The low voter turn-out in last year’s election is likely to be because many people feel alienated from Parliament and the entire political process.
Parliament is fast becoming irrelevant, and participating in the democratic process doesn’t seem to make any difference these days. Sue says that there needs to be a review of every aspect of the way Parliament works, to see how it could be made more effective and relevant.
Lobbying the government is one way to create change and corporate lobbyists spend a lot of their time getting access to Ministers and government officials so they can push their client’s point of view.
Those who can afford to hire paid lobbyists, have more access and influence to Ministers, and therefore more influence on policy and legislation than Jo Blogs. Where is the transparency in political decision making? There is no public scrutiny!
Is the government really listening to the electorate about genetic engineering, food labeling, the Transpacific Partnership Agreement, and the food bill or do the corporations get the say. Find out Sue’s take on these subjects and more.
Today within the biosphere and the vast web of life, an awakening is taking place as the human species, Gaia’s most recent and gifted offspring is stirring.
With ecological, economic and societal crises exerting increasing pressure on our planet spaceship Earth, how will we as emergent 'conscious-crew' initiate the pressing and urgent changes to bolster and keep the integrity of our Mothership's life support systems intact? Especially in the face of scant support from old paradigm thinking, programing, inertia and unconsciousness!
How will 7 billion inhabitants and a vast majority of disconnected souls survive whilst a malaise settles over a complacent Western world, awash in materialism, distraction and celebrity, whilst under the radar, arming for war?
Though not covered in depth, there an is intelligence embedded in matter and throughout nature, and the inspiring realisation, that every human born on this magnificent planet is an “energy bundle of exponential potential,” leads us to acknowledge that we are in a position of profound opportunity and privilege, to unfold a new heart oriented consciousness from the grass roots and community upward which 'in actuality' we can realise at any moment of our existence.
Tim Lynch originally from Matamata - Hobbiton and of European and Maori ancestry, has studied the Gaia Hypothesis since 1984, and flew as international crew with Air NZ in near earth orbit for 17 years, where he intuitively was able to experience a planetary perspective unique to this age. For whilst flying through Gaia's respiratory system, it also enabled him to visit and study most of the many ancient civilisation sites as well as meet up with leading edge philosophers, thinkers and initiators and stay in many spiritual communities, ashrams and co-operatives.
And … ask the perennial question, how do we mobilize consciousness?
Tim Lynch Host of GreenplanetFM is interviewed on his historical roots, insights, intentions and his reason for communicating, by David Ford.
We are all cells in a greater global body, and how we participate in the larger body depends on what decisions we make - this translates to choice - conscious choice.
Seeing our world for as it is, yet staying clear and empowered to initiate the much needed changes that will bring people together and inspire them to enact positive and elegant solutions that are sustainable and earth friendly.
Keeping informed and aligned with higher purpose and not let the fear of the programming by mainstream media make one iota of difference to our psychological well being is imperative - resulting in inspired action.
At the same time doing our exceptional best with the knowingness we have to be constantly aware that we are living in the middle of a very, profound and extensive mystery.
Rose explains that by being inner directed and motivated to optimal living and opening up to being vulnerable, she has learnt much, whilst at the same time keeping a clear intent on positive community oriented change for others as well as the whole.
Having interviewed 25 people on love in action and seeding 'a whole new world' their stories tell how they have surmounted adversity to build prototypes for a new way of being, doing and living.
Covering local currencies, green dollars, and the complimentary currency system in Golden Bay in the South Island which is affiliated to the Living Economies trading system here in NZ, to building sustainable housing, growing healthy food through to inner work, health and healing and developing ways to bring community together ... and working with group dynamics especially team spirit and team building inspires us to a higher level of well being and happiness!
When we choose to integrate into community it builds up trust with those who belong to it, eventually growing into something like a large extended family where energy and flow and clear intent translate into a very dynamic expression of goodwill in action.
It is also very important to note the possibility of building a complimentary currency system along side the present mainstream monetary system and if this main system hits a hiccup due to global incompetence, we can easily migrate across to the localized community system.
To achieve this cohesiveness, is the importance of deep listening … to really listen and hear what is spoken and said. To make the effort to take in what is being transmitted to us.
This is all leading to the transformation of the self to something far greater, that opens up the metaphysical dimension and a spiritual unfoldment.
IN these changeable times, awakening to our true self in this life time … and being new culture makers and change agents ...
Rose Diamond - An inspiring team player http://www.awholenewworld.net
With Finn Mackesy & Gary Marshall joining Dennis Frank to tell listeners about their role in developing permaculture in Aotearoa.
Permaculture provides us with a spectrum of techniques and methods for improving our quality of life, and they all work by redesigning our habitat and lifestyle so as to minimise energy use and optimise our resilience.
These practical ways of ensuring our survival enable us to move beyond recycling and nature conservancy into a deeper shade of green.
This week Green Planet FM features a three-way interview, with Finn Mackesy and Gary Marshall joining Dennis Frank to tell listeners about their role in developing permaculture in Aotearoa.
Topics start with various definitions of permaculture, and range through the role of design in our lives, Finn & Gary's personal histories in the field, the community and educational services provided by Auckland Permaculture workshop, and their current expansion plan and strategy.
Wikipedia informs us that permaculture integrates ecological design with sustainable systems thinking and traditional practices proven to have ensured the survival of tribes, families and communities for long time periods without ecosystem destruction in their bioregions.
It draws from several disciplines including organic farming, integrated farming, agroforestry, sustainable development, and applied ecology.
The primary agenda of the movement has been to assist people to become more self reliant through the design and development of productive and sustainable gardens and farms. However in more recent years the trend has been towards the greening of cities and towns, to make the urban habitat more livable and satisfying, and more inclusive of nature.
Permaculture design asks these questions in each specific situation:
“Where does this element go? How can it be placed for the maximum benefit of the system?" To answer this question, the designer must optimise the useful connections between all components of the design so as to generate optimal synergy in the composite system that the design produces.
This is a good example of applied holism, where the focus is on how the parts configure in the creation of the whole, and catalyse the emergence of new valuable features in the operational system and resilient habitat
Permaculture design therefore seeks to minimize waste, human labor, and energy input by building systems with maximal benefits between design elements to achieve a high level of synergy.
Permaculture designs evolve over time via these dynamic relationships and elements and can become extremely complex systems that produce a high density of food and materials with minimal input.
How has permaculture transformed traditional gardening? Designing microclimates into your living environment enables you to grow marginal plants better.
Find out how to build soil so that it becomes more productive. Survival skills like this are increasingly important now that we can no longer rely on the global trade of goods.
After the interview there's a report on recent developments in solar power, including this country's first zero-energy and how you can monitor it's performance online.
Green Planet FM, keeping you up to date with all things green.
* Image courtesy Permaculture Principles