Want less plastic in Aotearoa? Let the government know!

The government has announced a proposal to phase out a range of hard-to-recycle and single-use plastic items, and is seeking public feedback. Better Futures Forum wants to see Aotearoa move towards zero waste and a circular economy, so we have teamed up with a number of other organisations to make a joint submission, which you canContinue reading “Want less plastic in Aotearoa? Let the government know!”

Our growing waste problem — is product stewardship the answer?

The Government’s recent announcement declaring six “priority products” (plastic packaging, tyres, electronic waste, agrichemicals and their containers, refrigerants, and farm plastics) will kick-start a long awaited move towards regulated product stewardship in New Zealand. The policy has the potential to reduce waste and increase job opportunities. According to Green MP, Eugenie Sage, “Regulated product stewardshipContinue reading “Our growing waste problem — is product stewardship the answer?”

We need to act now for a Better Future

With the election in sight, we are making a call to action. The Better Futures Forum manifesto sets out how we must act immediately to transition to a climate-neutral, zero waste economy, in which our land, water and oceans are protected and restored. We must create an equitable society that prioritises wellbeing over monetary wealth.Continue reading “We need to act now for a Better Future”

We need your help to create a Better Future, now

Over the last weeks and months we have received lots of messages from many of you wanting to know how you can help achieve the Better Futures’ vision. So here is how! In the lead-up to the election, we want our vision for a better, more resilient Aotearoa New Zealand out there. We want toContinue reading “We need your help to create a Better Future, now”

We are setting up a BFF Christchurch Hub!

Great news! With Glen’s move to The Mainland next month, we thought it would be a great opportunity to set up a BFF ‘hub’ in Christchurch. We are aware that a number of our members and supporters are from Christchurch. If you would like to connect up with other Canterbury-based BFFs, please get in touchContinue reading “We are setting up a BFF Christchurch Hub!”

Yes, stuff has been happening and … oops!

Well, the working groups have been hard at work over the last several weeks and are reaching a big milestone with their reports (on economy, land & water, energy, transport, building & housing and infrastructure) this week. Next week, we will start working together to bring this work into one integrated report. And it willContinue reading “Yes, stuff has been happening and … oops!”

Let the thinking begin!

We have had an amazing response to our call for experts and influencers to register for each of the working groups, which were: land & water transport building & housing infrastructure energy economy mātauranga Māori/Te Titiri We have also set up a group of “linkers” or “synthesisers”, who will create the links between groups andContinue reading “Let the thinking begin!”

So, what’s next?

This post is just to let you know that today we have been in touch with everyone who indicated they would like to contribute to the Forum’s work, setting out next steps. We had so many enthusiastic responses that it is quite possible that we missed one or two of you (if so, we areContinue reading “So, what’s next?”

Wow, what a response!

Since launching the website this morning, we have been inundated with subscribers and messages expressing support of the initiative or a desire to be involved. We look forward to getting in touch with all of you, but it may take a few days. Meantime please stay updated via the website. (If you haven’t already, youContinue reading “Wow, what a response!”

A New New Zealand

by Dr Mike Joy This article was originally published on Pure Advantage. It is clear to ecologists and many others that the COVID-19 pandemic is not a one off ‘bolt from the blue’. Rather, it is a symptom of our over-exploitation of the life-supporting capacity of the planet. It is a warning sign of ourContinue reading “A New New Zealand”