Several CKM members contributed to this site – and others are welcome to!

Bill McEwan: In May 2015 I got so concerned about the lack of awareness of climate disruption in Marlborough that I sat in the band rotunda, open to the elements, in central Blenheim for a week and fasted. I was joined by my 32 year old son Robbie and had the active support of my partner Lois Mead-McEwan. It was a karanga (call) to the people of my province to research and action. Climate Karanga Marlborough sprang from that action. I was born in Picton in 1944 and have degrees in agricultural science and theology. Reading Bill McKibben’s “The End of Nature” 20 years ago alerted me to the grave crisis we are facing, necessary solutions, humanity’s focus on the short term and the difficulty of global cooperation. Climate Karanga Marlborough provides me with the intellectual and ethical company necessary to continue to speak to our fellow citizens. I like to sail, camp, tramp, garden and read.

Budyong Hill. Born in Fiji, I have lived in NZ since 1975 and have been a Marlborough resident since 2011. I have been involved since Bill and Robbie first sat in the rotunda and started this ball rolling, resulting in the formation of Climate Karanga. I first met Bill in the early 1980’s when I took him and a group of Nelson people for a walk through the beautiful Fox River forests on the West Coast, which are now part of the Paparoa National Park. I have seven grandchildren and am convinced that climate change is a huge threat that we all have to face up to ASAP. I wrote the technical Q & A page. 

Hugh Steadman. With my wife, Chris, and three young children, we moved from Yorkshire to Marlborough in 1985. Entering NZ under the then ‘Entrepreneurial Entry Scheme’ we went on to establish the Prenzel Distilling Company. Prenzel We now have four grandchildren all under the age of three and have become increasingly alarmed about the worrisome state of the world in which they will lead their lives. With experience in the British military and a degree in politics and international relations, I have started a blog at Khakispecs One of its major themes is the failure of political leadership to adequately address the impending climate modification that humanity has embarked on.

Marion Harvey. Born in Nelson in 1947, I trained as a teacher and taught in secondary schools in New Zealand, and in Kyoto, Japan, in 1990. For the last 15 years before I retired in 2008, I taught classes of refugee and new migrant students at Hagley Community College in Christchurch. I have been living in Marlborough Sounds with my husband since 2009. I have always loved the outdoors, am a keen gardener, walker, would-be tramper, camper, bird and tree enthusiast. Mother of two daughters and grandmother of five, I think there are huge concerns about the quality of life our children and future generations will have. I believe it is imperative that we face up to the threat climate change poses, and do everything we can to mitigate its impacts.

Mike Harvey. With my wife Marion I live in Mahau Sound where I spend my days reading, writing novels and making tracks in the bush. (My five grandchildren come looking for me.) For a substantial part of my life I worked as a social worker in which profession I held senior positions in organizations related to child, family, medical and mental health. My Masters papers in Sociology include Human Ecology and Social Change. Working from these perspectives and my professional background I am gearing my contribution to the issue of climate change towards helping to prepare for and offset the social and psychological impacts of global warming. Initially I am seeking to inform myself on how the social and psychological sciences are developing knowledge and prediction of what is and will be involved in this crisis.

Penny Wardle…is – among other things – a Marlborough-based journalist and communications consultant who seeks to reach people with the message that it’s a beautiful and diverse world. Let’s work together to keep it that way.

James Wilson. An empathy with the environment led my wife, Barbie, and I to pioneer Sabbatical Fallowing on our organic farm.  I later became disenchanted with organic farming, as the reality dawned that livestock farming is a grossly inorganic activity.  In the interests of the environment’s and our own health we adopted a vegan lifestyle seven years ago which, has dramatically reduced our global foot print.  I am alarmed at the danger our seven grandchildren face with the increasing global warming being so willfully ignored by so many.  It is heartening to belong to Karanga Climate Marlborough. (James is responsible for managing CKM’s steering group’s Loomio decision-making software.  )

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