Public Talks 2021

Missing Animals: Why are environmentalists accepting abuse?

free public talk by Philip McKibbin
followed by a group discussion

Wednesday, 18 August 2021
Elizabeth Yates Room, Ellen Melville Centre, 2 Freyberg Place, Auckland CBD

all welcome (no registration required)

ABOUT THE TALK: New Zealanders are becoming increasingly concerned about the environment, and we are finally starting to act on issues like plastic pollution, biodiversity loss, and the climate crisis. Unfortunately, environmentalists still accept animal abuse. We keep making excuses for animal agriculture, which is not only harmful to the environment (it pollutes our land and waterways, and it is the leading contributor to greenhouse gas emissions here in Aotearoa), but is also exploitative and cruel (forced pregnancies, separation of calves and mothers, and slaughter are routine practices). Similarly, the Department of Conservation’s ‘Predator Free 2050’ programme blames so-called ‘pests’ for environmental destruction, then it targets them with traps and 1080 poison, which inflict intense suffering – even though their environmental impact is smaller than ours, and we wouldn’t treat humans that way. How can we ensure Aotearoa New Zealand is a loving place for all its inhabitants, human and non-human?

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Philip McKibbin is a writer from Aotearoa New Zealand, of Pākehā and Māori (Ngāi Tahu) descent. His book Love Notes: for a Politics of Love is published by Lantern. He co-organised ‘The Politics of Love: A Conference’ at All Souls College, Oxford. www.philip-mckibbin.com

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/145537914349619

Eventfinda listing: https://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2021/public-talk-missing-animals/auckland

Love x Economics: What would a loving economy look like?

free public talk by Philip McKibbin
followed by a group discussion

Wednesday, 22 September 2021
Elizabeth Yates Room, Ellen Melville Centre, 2 Freyberg Place, Auckland CBD

all welcome (no registration required)

ABOUT THE TALK: What would a loving economy be like? We have been taught to believe that ‘The Economy’ follows its own logic – and that our role is to figure out how it works, then (for prosperity’s sake) make our societies conform to it. Clearly, our economy is not working – for us, for non-human animals, or for the natural environment. But what if we tried doing things the other way around? What if we began with a vision of the sorts of communities we want to live in, and then generated economies that work to create and sustain those?

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Philip McKibbin is a writer from Aotearoa New Zealand, of Pākehā and Māori (Ngāi Tahu) descent. His book Love Notes: for a Politics of Love is published by Lantern. He co-organised ‘The Politics of Love: A Conference’ at All Souls College, Oxford. www.philip-mckibbin.com

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/879926032907644

Eventfinda listing: https://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2021/public-talk-love-economics/auckland

Kindness Isn’t Enough: What does the Politics of Love mean for Aotearoa?

free public talk by Philip McKibbin
followed by a group discussion

Wednesday, 13 October 2021
Elizabeth Yates Room, Ellen Melville Centre, 2 Freyberg Place, Auckland CBD

all welcome (no registration required)

ABOUT THE TALK: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s government is not doing enough to address urgent issues like child poverty, homelessness, and the climate crisis. Some people have picked up on her ‘be kind’ mantra, suggesting that the government should extend its kindness further. But what if we embraced love? Kindness focuses on individual actions, whereas love reaches deeper. As theorists like bell hooks have argued, love can radically transform political systems.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Philip McKibbin is a writer from Aotearoa New Zealand, of Pākehā and Māori (Ngāi Tahu) descent. His book Love Notes: for a Politics of Love is published by Lantern. He co-organised ‘The Politics of Love: A Conference’ at All Souls College, Oxford. www.philip-mckibbin.com

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1734401406749341

Eventfinda listing: https://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2021/public-talk-kindness-isnt-enough/auckland