Game of Thrones and the Climate Crisis

I – like apparently just about every other person with internet access or a television – have just finished watching the final season of Game of Thrones. Plenty of people have written about the problems with the season: questionable plotting (or, at least, incoherent pacing) and a cringe-worthy finale that seemed more like the last-ever episode of an entirely different show – one regularly described by words like ‘feel-good’ and ‘wholesome’ rather than ‘brutal’ and ‘disturbing’. But I’m not a TV critic. I’m an environmentalist (though of course I’m sure there are plenty of people who are both). And the last season of GoT was a weird rollercoaster of thoughts and feelings if you had started to see the show as at least partially an allegory for the climate crisis.

This article contains copious spoilers, so if you continue to read you only have yourself to blame for ruining several key plot points for yourself.

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Resilience and Urban Agriculture: Part 2

There are a number of initiatives around New Zealand and the world which are working to grow urban agriculture, as well as the food system, urban environment, and social resilience that can accompany it (see last week’s article). The examples below are just a tiny sampling of the urban agriculture projects that exist around the country.



  • The Sustainability Trust in Wellington has recently launched their ‘Food is Free’ programme, which offers basic gardening courses, as well as assistance with finding spaces for community garden plots for people who don’t have access to their own back yard for growing in, and providing resources to help set them up. The first of these gardens was launched on April 1 in the suburb of Newtown, on the site of an old petrol station.

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