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Climate change – an effect, not a cause

Posted by Philip on 15 August 2016, 5:52 pm in , , , , , , ,

I'm getting a bit sick of hearing about climate change. Not because I don't care – I do, desperately​. I'm fed up because "climate change" is the effect of something much, much worse.

And what's even worse is that we're not talking about the cause. We're not naming what we're doing to create climate change. It's pretty bad.

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Should kids have to keep themselves safe?

Posted by Philip on 26 June 2014, 2:12 pm in , , , , , , , , , , , ,

On Wednesday Violence Free Waitakere (VFW) launched "'Jade Speaks Up', a new multimedia resource to help keep children safe from violence." The media release said, "The resource aims to help children put safety strategies in place to support themselves, should they feel afraid in their lives whether from bullying, natural disasters, adult threats or witnessing grown-ups fighting."

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Sign the KIDshine petition urging Rt Hon John Key to end our 'national shame’ of domestic violence and child abuse.

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My 17,000 pageviews of 2013

Posted by Philip on 13 December 2013, 2:23 pm in , , , , , , , ,

Today is officially my last day of work until February so I thought I'd look back through my five most popular posts of the year.

5. Understanding disability from a place of empathy

The fifth most read post on my blog in 2013 was one I actually wrote way back in February 2012, where I wanted to encourage, in the disability social change space, empathy in place of sympathy. When considering the difference between empathy (understanding) and sympathy (pity), I got thinking about the astounding amount of sympathy or pity people display about the experience of disability.

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James Parker — an example of how society fails everyone

Posted by Phiilip on 16 August 2013, 12:43 pm in , , ,

Watching events unfold around James Parker's arrest, trial and, this week, his sentencing with preventative detention for the sexual violation of 20 boys over many years, I have felt an increasing sense of dis-ease about the whole situation. A tragic series of events have created many needless victims and, I would argue, one of them is Parker himself.

Without excusing his actions in any way whatsoever, nor discounting the impact on the lives of the boys against whom he offended, my view is that Parker's offending and consequential incarceration was the result of some serious systemic and societal failures to recognise, take responsibility for, and intervene in, a number of behaviours that were clearly putting Parker and his victims at risk.

This interview on 3News Firstline with counsellor Peter Milne, who specialises in male sexual abuse, helps confirm for me that a whole set of dynamics occurred that contributed to the events and that, if we continue to ignore them, tragedies like this will happen again and again.

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