Plastic Pollution Experts Call For A More Ambitious And Comprehensive National Plastics Action Plan

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Three New Zealand organisations working to prevent and mitigate plastic pollution, Para Kore, Aotearoa Plastic Pollution Alliance (APPA) and the New Zealand Product Stewardship Council (NZPSC) welcome the Ministry for the Environment’s recently-released National Plastics Action Plan, but say it could go much further. PERC co-director and Co-Founder/Trustee of APPA and NZPSC, Trisia Farrelly, says The Plan begins rightfully noting …

PUBLICATION: Plastic Legacies

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Emerging from the fully online 2017 conference ‘The Lives and Afterlives of Plastics‘ is the open-access book Plastic Legacies. Edited by PERC co-directors Trisia Farrelly, Sy Taffel with Professor Ian Shaw, the volume brings together scholars from the fields of marine biology, psychology, anthropology, environmental studies, Indigenous studies, and media studies to investigate and address the urgent socio-ecological challenges brought …

Webinar: Working towards a global plastic pollution treaty: Process and possibilities

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Over 130 countries have declared support for a global agreement to combat marine litter and microplastics. There are numerous processes underway to build momentum towards an ambitious global plastics agreement at the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) 5.2 in February 2022. For further information see this Science article advocating for a binding global agreement to address the life cycle of …

Plastic Pollution: is there a role for the WTO?

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In late June, PERC co-director Trisia Farrelly was part of a delegation presenting “Plastic Pollution: is there a role for the WTO? Pacific Islands trade related experiences and capacity needs” to members of the Committee on Trade and Environment (CTE) of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). The presentation was part of the Informal Dialogue on Plastics Pollution and Environmentally Sustainable Plastics …

Webinar: A ‘Whole of society’ response

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  A Whole of Society Response: Te Moananui (Oceania) Non-State Actors and the Plastic Pollution Crisis The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) and Secretariat for the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) are convening a webinar exploring a whole-of-society’ approach to plastic pollution in the Pacific. Speakers include PERC co-director Trisia Farrelly and researcher, scholar …

Living with the Climate Crisis: Upcoming Panel Discussion in Papaioea, Palmerston North

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On Friday 16 April, 6pm-7.30pm, Bruce McKenzie Booksellers is hosting a panel discussion about living with the climate crisis. The panel features: Teanau Tuiono (Greens MP) and contributors Maia Ingoe (writer, climate activist), Ingrid Horrocks (PERC member, Massey University’s School of Humanities, Media and Creative Communication) and Aroha Spinks (WWF NZ). The evening includes short readings from the recent BWB Text publication, Living with the Climate Crisis: Voices from Aotearoa (edited by PERC member Tom …

Registrations open for Young Reporters for the Environment Programme 2021

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Young Reporters for the Environment Programme is an enviro-journalism programme for young people aged 11-25 years.  Run in over 40 countries the programme aims to empower young people to make their voices heard and take a stand on environmental issues they feel strongly about. The programme gives young people a platform to influence others by articulating these environmental issues through the …

Cornell University seeks Post-Doctoral Social Science Research Associate for one year position

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Cornell University is hiring a post-doctoral social science researcher as part of their National Science Foundation-funded project on social and ecological impacts of digital agricultural innovation. The project is a collaboration between faculty in the Department of Natural Resources and Environment and the College of Computer and Information Science. It is a one-year full time research position that is renewable for a second year based on meeting mutually agreed-upon objectives. Key InformationPOSITION: Post-Doctoral Social Science Research Associate, Social and Ecological Impacts of Digital Agriculture STARTING DATE: Sept 1, 2021 LOCATION: Department …

PERC member publication: Where We Swim

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PERC is thrilled to announce the publication of Where We Swim, a collection of essays by member Ingrid Horrocks. Where We Swim examines relationships, our ecological crises, and the responsibilities we have to collectively care. Fellow PERC member Laura Jean McKay explains… “Ingrid is writing literally in this book: about the physical, cultural, emotional and environmental impact of human immersion in water. …

Rapua te Kura Huna: Opening Our Environmental Archives

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PERC member Philip Steer, along with Margaret Forster co-organised Rapua te Kura Huna: Opening Our Environmental Archives, a workshop of interdisciplinary and cross-cultural dialogue around archives of environmental knowledge from the period of colonisation. This event brought together ten researchers from across the humanities at the National Library of New Zealand on 12 February 2021.