PERC in 2020

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Despite the challenges presented by the COVID-19 crisis 2020 has been another successful year for PERC, with more national and international activities and publications. In conjunction with the Sociology of Development and Change (SDC) group at Wageningen University, we ran our third nearly carbon neutral online conference Extraction. This conference bought together over 80 presenters across 18 panels and featured …

CFP: Sustainability special issue

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PERC members and contributors may be interested in contributing to a planned special issue of the journal Sustainability “Understanding the Society-Environmental Policy-Practice Nexus and its Implications for Sustainability Transformations Under Uncertain Futures”. From the abstract: A rapidly expanding body of literature has explored various aspects of sustainability transformations, ranging from technical, governance, practice, to justice and personal contexts. However, how …

“Extraction: Tracing the Veins” online conference a success

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The Political Ecology Research Centre (PERC) at Massey University, New Zealand, and Wageningen University co-hosted PERC’s third online conference, titled “Extraction: Tracing the Veins”, on June 29 – July 10, 2020. The conference sought to re-examine extraction and its contested place in contemporary capitalism. Presentations from across the globe included more than eighty pre-recorded video presentations as well as live …

Microbeads are banned, but plastic-filled products are everywhere

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PERC co-director Trisia Farrelly is calling for greater awareness of and restrictions on plastics in consumer products like cosmetics. Despite 2018 regulations on microbeads, plastic products filled products continue to be sold. Farrelly explains to Stuff that some forms of plastic, such as acrylates copolymer and its variations, fall outside the current legislation. Acrylates copolymer is a microplastic that poses a …

Publication: Islands of Opportunity

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Pacific Island countries and territories only contribute 13% of the “mismanaged plastic in the world’s oceans”, yet oceanic currents deposit much of this mismanaged plastic on Pacific shores. PERC co-director Trisia Farrelly has contributed to the authorship of the report Islands of Opportunity: Toward a Global Agreement on Plastic Pollution for Pacific Island Countries and Territories, which argues that existing …

Upcoming event: Burning vs Zero Waste

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**POSTPONED** New Date TBC Te Papa, Mahuki Level 2 Waste – is burning the best way to deal with it? Zero-waste expert Paul Connett discusses the downsides of incineration, and explores sustainable alternatives. A Q&A follows. In this talk Dr. Connett, a retired professor of chemistry and author of the book The Zero Waste Solution, will explain why neither incineration nor …

Zero waste around the world

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**POSTPONED** Talk by Emeritus Professor Paul Connett New Date TBC Ground Floor, Palmerston North City Library In this talk Dr. Connett, a retired professor of chemistry and author of the book The Zero Waste Solution, will explain why neither incineration nor related thermal technologies are an appropriate or safe solution for waste management in NZ. Connett will explain why such techniques …

Pete Myers: Visting Scholar 2019

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PERC was honoured to have hosted Dr. Pete Myers as a visiting scholar in early November 2019. Dr. Myers gave three presentations: Palmerston North City Library; Massey University, Wellington; and the Ministry for the Environment. Video footage from the Wellington can be found here. The key ideas that emerged across Pete’s talks were that: Exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) …