On the Brink

Lisa Vonk Community, Events, Feral Leave a Comment

One million species are facing extinction within the next decade. It is estimated that 200 species go extinct every day. PERC member Laura Jean McKay is taking part in On the Brink, an online event to raise awareness of this threat of extinction. Bringing together 20 writers and cultural figures, the event features readings of new work and speeches on …

Call for new APPA members

Lisa Vonk Community, PERC members, Plastics Leave a Comment

Calling all kaitiaki who are concerned about plastic pollution: The Aotearoa Plastic Pollution Alliance (APPA) is seeking new members. APPA is a network of researchers, educators, scientists, industry, campaigners, artists, and conservationists working to prevent and mitigate plastic pollution in Aotearoa and Oceania as an integral part of restoring the mauri of Papatūānuku and Tangaroa. Since late 2018, APPA has …

Anthropocene Campus Melbourne 2018

Lisa Vonk Community, Events Leave a Comment

Deakin University are hosting the Anthropocene Campus Melbourne between the 3rd and 6th of September, 2018. Participants take part in a range of lectures, field trips and workshops to explore the theme of the ‘elemental’.  Confirmed speakers include Karen Barad, Hannah Landecker, and Margaret Jolly. More information can be found here.

Plastic Legacies: Persistence, Pollution, and Politics

Lisa Vonk Community, PERC members Leave a Comment

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.’

The Kiwi Bottle Drive

Lisa Vonk Community, Plastics Leave a Comment

The Political Ecology Research Centre, Massey University is supporting The Kiwi Bottle Drive as they launch their “message in a bottle” action, upping the pressure in the campaign for bottle deposits in Aotearoa NZ. We encourage you to take part! Starting tomorrow, 1st July, 11am, we’re joining the Kiwi Bottle Drive by sending messages on plastic drink bottles, freepost to …

‘Opening the Bin’

Lisa Vonk Community, Events, PERC members Leave a Comment

PERC Co-director Dr Farrelly travelled to Helsingborg, Sweden to attend the ‘Opening the Bin’ Conference. The three-day conference was well attended by social scientists and humanities waste researchers who gathered to discuss “the places, roles and trajectories as well as the meanings, practices, and vocabularies of waste in culture and society.” Dr Farrelly presented on the need for more transdisciplinary …

The Global Waste Crisis: Videos

Sy Taffel Community, Plastics Leave a Comment

The Global Waste Crisis event was held at Palmerston North City Library on October 20th as part of Palmerston North’s Envirofest, a festival organised by the Palmerston North City Environmental Trust. Speakers at the event covered numerous issues around global and local waste, and included PERC’s Jonathon Hannon and Trisia Farrelly. Videos of these brilliant talks, which were filmed by …

Carrying Our Future Video

Sy Taffel Community Leave a Comment

Over the summer PERC’s Dr. Sy Taffel and summer scholarship student Isaac Gumbrell have been working to put together a short video showcasing the work of Palmerston North-based community group Carrying Our Future. The video features interviews with Dr. Trisia Farrelly, Jennifer Moss, Rachel Bowen, Jonathon Hannon and Pip Chrystall, and focuses on the group and a newly launched scheme …

The Politics of Lawn-Mowing in the Age of Climate Change

Sy Taffel Community, Events Leave a Comment

Could the ubiquitous act of mowing the lawn be a symbol of our dysfunctional relationship with nature? It’s at least a starting point for deeper reflection on the state of the planet, and just one of a range of provocative ideas to be aired by Massey University humanities scholars in a new public series at Takapuna Library, starting tonight. The …

Sewing Machines for Carrying Our Future

Sy Taffel Community Leave a Comment

In 2016, PERC provided technical and financial support to Palmerston North environmental group, Carrying Our Future.   Carrying our Future is an environmental group committed to: · helping people understand the problems and issues associated with single-use plastics · exploring and promoting viable alternatives · running programmes and initiatives · supporting individuals, groups, schools, councils and businesses · lobbying government …