Mike Joy Semi-Finalist in National Awards

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Freshwater ecologist and PERC member Mike Joy was nominated late last month as a semi-finalist in the 2018 Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Awards. Mike has been chosen for his work in bringing the state of New Zealand’s waterways to public attention, having studied the diminishing quality of our rivers for the best part of two decades. Speaking to …

Plastic Legacies: Persistence, Pollution, and Politics

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PERC is very pleased to announce that the book Plastic Legacies: Persistence, Pollution, and Politics has been accepted for open access publication with Athabasca University Press (AUP). The book is edited by PERC co-directors Trisia Farrelly and Sy Taffel with Professor Ian Shaw. Plastic Legacies’ genesis was the online conference ‘The Lives and Afterlives of Plastic.’

Greenpeace’s take on the Christmas Coke ad

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This Christmas advocacy organisation Greenpeace have created a spoof of the traditional Coca Cola Christmas advertisement to draw attention to the vast amount of plastic in Oceans. The ad highlights the fact that Coca Cola are estimated to produce 110 billion PET plastic bottles each year, and many of these end up in landfill, on beaches, and in the ocean. …

2017 Marine Plastic Innovation Challenge

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The 2017 Marine Plastic Innovation Challenge seeks to highlight solution-oriented engineering, research, and communication efforts that can help solve the global marine litter problem. Four categories have been defined within the challenge, with one winner from each to be announced at the Sixth International Marine Debris Conference in San Diego, California in March 2018. Winners will have the opportunity to present …

PERC Update: September 2017

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PERC is a node of POLLEN Political Ecology Research Centre (PERC) has recently concluded The Lives and Afterlives of Plastics conference. The conference (watch here) featured a diverse range of twenty minute presentations covering a wide range of disciplines. Conferences held in Aotearoa/New Zealand tend to be dominated by Australasian voices because of our geographical distance from other parts of …

Massey University Freshwater Ecologist Honoured

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Congratulations to Massey University’s ‘fearless’ freshwater ecologist and PERC ally Dr. Mike Joy, who was recently awarded the inaugural Critic and Conscience of Society Award. Joy was recognised for his work in raising public awareness of water quality in New Zealand, and the impact of intensive farming practise. Professor Steve Weaver, from the University of Canterbury, and a member of …

‘Marine Resource Politics, Ocean Frontiers, and Tracking the Blue Economy’

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Wednesday 11th October, 12pm SGP1.02 connecting to AT3 PERC proudly presents the seminar ‘Marine Resource Politics, Ocean Frontiers, and Tracking the Blue Economy.’ Hosted by Associate Professor Jennifer Silver, from the University of Guelph, Canada, this talk “overviews my research program and then delves further into one area of it: international oceans governance. First, I will describe my background as …

Plastics in Paradise

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PERC co-director Sy Taffel spoke to Radio New Zealand Nights about the virtuality of “The Lives and Afterlives of Plastic” conference. Likely the first of its type in New Zealand, the online conference is quite a new format, and as with all digital technologies the potential for future experimentation is great, and this conference is just a first attempt. The …

MullenLowe NOVA Award Runner Up Hannah Scott

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PERC extends deepest congratulations to MA Art and Science student Hannah Scott, who was awarded the MullenLowe NOVA Award Runner Up. The awards recognise and showcase promising talent in creativity, and celebrate innovators and risk takers. Hannah’s work “explores the relationship between consumer lifestyle in Britain and the Arctic environment, with particular focus on the impact of plastic waste.” Hannah’s …