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AuthorLiz Willoughby-Martin

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August 2, 2010

A seed is a pretty nice metaphor for activism and societal change; all those nutrient-rich cells forming the nucleus of life itself, just waiting to spring forth as new bodies of life. You water a seed, give it a nice food and a warm home, and then BAM! Fruitful resistance blossoms. I’m not saying that […]

July 19, 2010

When you tell people you want to be an activist when you grow up, you can usually expect one of two responses: a) you have been misunderstood, and your conversation partner replies “What, like on Shortland Street?” See, in this instance you have been misheard as saying ‘actress’ rather than ‘activist’, a common mistake. You […]

July 19, 2010

The outcome of our shopping list: three capsicums, smugly wrapped in transparent fossil fuel, sitting on Styrofoam; meat from the ass of a cow, gleaming invitingly, red as raspberry cordial; a fizzing mixture of sugar and food acid and water, plastered with brightly coloured logos. Looking at our plastic-clad bundles, it’s difficult not to conclude […]

July 12, 2010

They say each generation thinks that they’re going to be the last. In ours, predictably, things seem particularly dire: climate change, peak oil, rising inequalities, increasing corporate power, a National-led government. Historically students have been associated with resistance. We’ve often been first in staging demonstrations, at the forefront of protests and actively involved in political […]

May 31, 2010

I’ve always wanted to be an eco-ninja. Not only do you gain a legitimate occasion to pair a Hepburn-esque turtleneck with a beret, you also get to act like a stealthy spy in real life. And for a positive purpose: I’m quite sure that bank robbers or embezzlers don’t get the same virtuous flush as […]

May 17, 2010

Sometimes doing the ‘right thing’ can be confusing. After a while you realise that it’s pretty damn hard to find a perfect answer to anything. As much as you may secretly want an eco-halo, you have to take into consideration the consequences of your celestial circlet; where did the gold originate from, and which toxic […]

May 10, 2010

Sometimes we think we’re pretty great, here in New Zealand. There’s a smorgasbord of different reasons: our felicitous menu includes beaches, Bret and Jemaine, biodiversity, and also, apparently, our energy production methods. For a long time now, New Zealand has boasted of an extremely high rate of ‘renewable’ energy. While the UK, France and the […]

May 3, 2010

I almost yearn for those far-off days when environmental issues seemed distinct from all those other problems. In my mind there were the whales, nuclear energy and logging on one side, and the human rights abuses, genocides and death penalties on the other. They had no connection; there was no bridge between them. There was […]

April 26, 2010

Let’s say we have a rainforest; a big lush rainforest, full of shiny plate-sized leaves and bright parrots who rival Lady Gaga in dress code. There’s one group of people who have lived in this rainforest for thousands of years. It’s their supermarket, office, home, church and playground.   There’s also a group of newer […]

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