Democracy you can touch.

Teall Crossen worked on climate justice issues in New York for the Pacific. She returned home to be part of changing the government with the hope NZ could step up show some real leadership on climate change.

She came by for a chat not long after the new government was formed. Teall described New Zealand’s democracy as something you can reach out and touch. Certainly its starting to seem that way to me now.

Affordable Electric Cars – (Climate Change in NZ)

Sigurd Magnusson is a software developer turned EV advocate in Wellington, New Zealand. He and I talked about our hopes for the growth of Electric Vehicles here where we live.

While EVs have been seen as too expensive and not practical enough for some time now we both believe they have recently hit a point where they can pay for themselves.

We’re both shameless fans of the Nissan Leaf, and we do go on about it a bit. We’ve been talking with someone from https://www.drivelife.co.nz/ about doing EV reviews and look forward to seeing more about them in the future.

Next episode we’ll likely have a government again and I’ll be talking to Teall Crossen of the Green Party about the three years ahead.

Thanks to Sigurd for coming by and putting up with the recording mistakes and over-cooked Oato-bahn cookies. The doom and gloom has been getting a bit much lately and having his relentless positivity in the room was a treat for me.

If you’re thinking about getting an EV yourself jump into the EV facebook group for your area and make yourself known. They’re a mighty helpful bunch.

https://charge.net.nz/

https://www.plugshare.com/

http://www.leadingthecharge.org.nz/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/WellyEV/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/NZEVOwners/

http://flipthefleet.org

You can learn enough in high school to know these things:

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(Note: Next podcast episode contains a talk with Sigurd Magnusson. No dummies, not the Norwegian nobleman from the Battle of Florvag, he’s dead now. This is the one about Electric Vehicles)

Biology:

Evolution is slow. You don’t need to be attached to animals to be alarmed by rapid species extinction.

Physics:

Global Warming is very simple; you can demonstrate it in a school lab. Global climate modelling and prediction is really, really hard.

Economics:

People are resources just like trees, cows and oil.

Maths:

The amount of carbon increase in atmosphere is proportional to the amount of carbon extracted and released by human activity.

English:

Grapes of Wrath captures the plight of millions whose lives were crushed by the failure of crops and financial systems.┬áIt showed the indifference of those who profit from disaster. It awakened the nation’s comprehension and compassion.

 

Just saying this now because:

  • I used to think most people saw things this way and now I’m not so sure
  • There is a good reason for the Greens combined environmental + social agenda
  • Pointing out that scientists disagree on the outcomes doesn’t remove the problem
  • I don’t care what you thought of Finding Nemo. The dying Barrier Reef is a massive warning.
  • You will find yourself caught up in this eventually. Maybe read some Steinbeck.