Dr Mike Joy - Growth, Emissions and Our Waterways

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Still holding the record for most popular guest ever, Dr Mike Joy returns to the podcast for round two. If you’re new to the force that is Mike Joy we suggest checking out our first conversation, Episode 12 on Season 1. Mike is a Senior Researcher at the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.
In this episode, Mike gives us his reaction to the recent IPCC report and provides us with an important update regarding the ongoing concerns about the unsafe nitrate levels in New Zealand’s lakes and rivers. Mike is one of our most valued guests as he’s not one to sugarcoat, and here he delivers some hard truths regarding the actions required to properly address the climate emergency.
In this episode we discuss:
• Mike’s key takeaways from the recent IPCC report
• The connection between GDP and GHG emissions and the urgent need for the adoption of a ‘degrowth’ economy
• The problems associated with current net-zero and carbon-neutral strategies and measurements
• The current state of Aotearoa’s waterways and the impacts this has on both human and planetary health
• Mike’s recent ‘win’ regarding dodgy use of water statistics by government agencies
• Mike's essay Food for Healing in the book: The New Possible
• Mike’s work with the Environmental Law Initiative and Boomers for Real Climate Measures
• And a lot more – this one is an important conversation!
To read the papers recommended by Mike in this episode:
Through the Eye of a Needle: An Eco-Heterodox Perspective on the Renewable Energy Transition
Growth through contraction: Conceiving an eco-economy
• Additionally, Mike mentioned Geoff Reid’s current work, documenting the environmental harms from intensive farming practices. Read more about Geoff’s work and sign the petition here.
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