The skilled worker contest will worsen without degrowth

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Net migration for New Zealand in the year ending July 2023 was 96,000. Many of these were skilled workers. The OECD countries are apparently all competing for skilled immigrants and between them account for two-thirds of skilled worker migrants globally.

But why? Is it something to do with the increasing complexity of industrial civilisation? Add the poverty gap between the North and the South? How does the increasing complexity of civilisation fit with degrowther’s demand for declining energy and material throughput? And what other factors are at play?

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What if New Zealand farmers grew less meat and dairy for the climate’s sake?

FacebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmailIn New Zealand we all know that agricultural emissions are the second biggest sector at 48%. We have a big beef and dairy sector, the latter having expanded into dry regions once irrigation became available. These areas are entirely unsuitable for dairy conversions. Continue reading “What if New Zealand farmers grew less meat and dairy for the climate’s sake?”