Online book launch: Hazelwood by Tom Doig

Wed 19 Aug 2020 at 6:30pm

The Hazelwood mine fire is one of the worst environmental and public health disasters in Australian history.

PERC member Tom Doig’s Hazelwood reveals the decades of decisions that led to the fire. Join Tom to launch the book with a conversation about coal, community and disaster with journalist Chloe Hooper.

Register for this event here.

Webinar: Laying the Pacific Building Blocks for a Global Agreement to Prevent Plastic Pollution

Thursday 20th August 2020

15:00 – 16:30 Samoan Time (WST)

14:00 - 15:30 NZST

As the scale of the plastic crisis is being increasingly documented, it is already clear that the large ocean states of the Pacific will pay a disproportionately heavy price for its ecological, economic, social, cultural and health impacts.

PERC co-director Trisia Farrelly will speak at this webinar hosted by EIA, WWF and CIEL that aims to engage regional stakeholders on the topic of plastic pollution, ultimately to build momentum towards regional support for a global agreement.

This event is open to all. Register here.

Webinar: What happens to NZ's plastic exports? Stories from receiving countries.

Watch the recorded event here.

The vast majority of New Zealanders (including politicians) have absolutely no idea that we ship our post-consumer plastics to countries in South East Asia, much less what this means for receiving countries.

Join PERC and Sirine Rached (Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives) for a webinar which tells the story of New Zealand's plastic exports from the perspective of those in the receiving countries.

With speakers Yuyun Ismawati, Daru Setyorini and Heng Kiah Chun

Extraction: Tracing the Veins

29 June - 10 July

This virtual conference seeks to re-examine extraction and its contested place in contemporary capitalism. Participants are invited to take up the theme of Extraction, which we understand in multiple senses: extraction as the material extraction of natural resources; as a mode of accumulation central to the histories and continuation of capitalism; and as a worldview in which nature is a resource to be commodified for human consumption and accumulation. See the CFP here.

Burning vs Zero Waste


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. More information here.

Zero Waste Around the World


Ground Floor, Palmerston North City Library

In this talk Emeritus Professor Paul Connett, 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 block the necessary shift from a linear to a circular economy. The Zero Waste strategy will be described, including the ten practical steps to approach this goal. Communities using this approach have reached over 80% diversion from landfills without the need for expensive and problematic incineration and related thermal technologies.