Exporting livestock

Posted on Jun 22, 2015 in Animals & Plants & Stuff, Everyday Life

I recently wrote an Op Ed piece on government and industry failure to adequately communicate with New Zealanders about live export. It was published in the Dominion Post, and I think the comments may be more interesting than the piece I wrote. I also got a few positive comments via Twitter:   Public engagement is […]

Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si

Posted on Jun 18, 2015 in Animals & Plants & Stuff, Everyday Life

Pope Francis’ encyclical, released today, has been the most anticipated papal encyclical in decades. I’ll return to it soon, but for now I’ve copied an excerpt below. It really is an exceptional position on capitalism and the environment. “The Earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth. […]

Pt I, Companion animals (and belonging)

Posted on Jun 18, 2015 in Animals & Plants & Stuff

I’ve started pulling together my paper for the Losing Ground – Gaining Ground session at the RGS Conference in Exeter in September, where I’ll be presenting on what it means to belong in the valley in which I live. Part of this involves sorting [Edit: casual (iPhone)] photos I’ve taken of the plants, animals and […]