Oram on sustainable Waikato


Business commentator Rod Oram will canvas ideas for a smart and sustainable future for the Waikato when he speaks in Tamahere this Sunday.

Business commentator Rod Oram

“Ecosystems are suffering, societies are shattering, politics are polarising and economies are failing to deliver what we need,” Oram wrote recently.

“Conventional ways create the problems. We need different ways to enable us to achieve deep ecological, social, economic and cultural sustainability.

“If, for example, we transform our technologies so they work with the ecosystem and not against it, we will be able to provide abundantly for people. Solar power versus fossil fuels is just one example of the shifts underway.”

It was that sort of thinking that prompted Green Party Waikato candidate Philippa Stevenson, a former work colleage of Oram’s, to ask the business writer to turn his focus on the Waikato.

“Rod’s been studying the business environment and its impacts on the natural world for decades,” Stevenson said.

“He’s a keen and informed observer and it will be great to see what kind of future he feels we could have in the Waikato if we work towards socially and environmentally sustainable enterprises.”

Oram will be in conversation with Stevenson at the St Stephen’s Tamahere church hall, corner of Airport Rd and Tamahere Drive, Sunday, September 10, 2-4pm. All welcome. A light afternoon tea will be available. Admission $5 to cover costs.

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