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What makes a Climate Leader?

December 23, 2011 by


Summary: Everybody has an influence on those around them, the only question is whether that influence is positive or negative. This article investigates the characteristics of climate change leadership, arguing that everybody has the possibility of being a climate leader. Power is not required for climate leadership, only the possibility to positively influence others around […]

Is Sustainability Relative?

October 17, 2011 by


Appropriate strategies for sustainable development are context-specific, with different priorities depending on how far people are up Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. A four point strategy for identifying approaches for sustainable development is outlined and the importance of regulatory ‘top-down’ intervention emphasized. The concept of sustainable development concerns the management of resources available to humanity. My […]

GHG Emissions–the Last Major Agricultural Subsidy in New Zealand

June 1, 2010 by


This is part 2 of a 2-part essay series on agriculture and subsidies. Part 1 featured in the May edition of Smacademia, titled ‘New Zealand’s Removal of Agricultural Subsidies in the 1980s’. In part one of this series, I described the removal of the bulk of New Zealand’s agricultural subsidies in the 1980’s, subsidies which […]