Tipping Points Conference: session videos & powerpoint presentations now available!

16 Aug

All sessions at the recent Tipping Points conference were video recorded and are now available for viewing. Check them out on this website on the EDS Conferences page.

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14 Aug

Kennedy Warne on Tipping Points: RNZ National

Off the beaten track with Kennedy Warne Outdoorsman Kennedy Warne discusses environmental tipping points.

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11 Aug

Media Release: EDS welcomes new commitments to freshwater reform from National and Labour and criticises Federated Farmers for misleading comments

The Environmental Defence Society has welcomed the commitment by the Labour Leader, Jacinda Ardern, to put a charge on commercial uses of freshwater. The announcement was made at the EDS conference earlier this week. “Imposing a differential royalty on freshwater taken from rivers, lakes and aquifers has always made good sense,” says EDS CEO Gary Taylor. “Freshwater is a public good and when it is taken for a profit-making enterprise,…

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10 Aug

Conference Communique 2: Day 2 from EDS Conference Tipping Points

Nature would have legal status under a government with the Greens “at its heart,” day two of the Environmental Defence Society’s Tipping Points conference heard. MP Eugenie Sage, standing in for party leader James Shaw, said that nature has a fundamental right to life, and a Green government would order a Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Resource Management Act. “The Productivity Commission’s review of the RMA has focused on…

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10 Aug

Conference Communique: Day one from EDS Conference Tipping Points

It was freshwater policies at 10 paces on the first day of the Environmental Defence Society’s Tipping Points conference yesterday, with both National and Labour releasing their policies.   New Labour Party leader Jacinda Ardern kicked things off in the morning by announcing a Labour government would impose royalties on the commercial consumption of water, with the proceeds going back to the regions.   It would bring in tougher water quality standards,…

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27 Jul

Media Release: EDS strongly supports call for Climate Commission

The Environmental Defence Society has strongly endorsed the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment’s call for the establishment of a Climate Commission. That is a key outcome of her new report Stepping stones to Paris and beyond: Climate change, progress, and predictability. “As the Commissioner says, addressing climate change is a long game, covering generations. To plan, implement and monitor progress requires a dedicated entity, properly resourced and mandated,” said EDS…