In 1992 Bill Clinton famously said "it’s the economy stupid." With the Copenhagen climate change conference, it might be asked if this has been replaced with “no, it’s the environment stupid.” I think the focus has to shift beyond either, or even both. I would like to propose as the most useful framing: “it’s the implementation stupid”.
Ladder Award winner Bernard Hickey - for seeing a larger picture, one that encompasses animal well-being, environmental sustainability, and the economy. Importantly, he is also encouraging the government to pause for a “stock take,” and to clarify what is in whose real interest.
Guest blogger John Gallagher wants New Zealand’s political parties to be able to show in their electioneering how they can achieve quality growth that is environmentally and financially sustainable. Financially this growth needs to restore positive balances between income, expenditure and savings/investment. He considers that smarter planning around more locally-integrated lifestyles, with smart use of communications technologies, could enable the much-needed turn-around to begin …
Narratives are created about people and place all the time. For instance, a major narrative for New Zealand is that it remains clean green while also being economically prosperous from grass-growing. Is this a helpful narrative? Are there any alternatives?