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 the independent judging panel notes that:
“Mike’s work has successfully placed a complex and difficult environmental issue on the public agenda.
He’s single-handedly raised awareness of an issue that’s at the heart of our country’s primary economy and environment.
While some of his messages are unpalatable to some, Mike has been a fearless crusader to ensure this issue remains a top of the agenda for central and local government, as well as for the agricultural industry.”
Whakawhetai koe mo tou mahi, Mike!