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.
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?
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.
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.