Dr Mike Joy:
Mike is a Senior Researcher at the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies, Victoria University. He researches and teaches freshwater ecology, Mike is an outspoken advocate for environmental protection in New Zealand and has received a number of awards including an Ecology in Action award from the NZ Ecological Society, an Old Blue award from Forest and Bird, he was named 2009 Environmental New Zealander of the year by North and South magazine and in 2017 he received the inaugural NZ Universities Critic and Conscience award.
The Future of Food & Energy
The human population has reached a level far in excess of the ability of the planet to sustain it long-term through using synthetic nitrogen. To be able to feed the burgeoning population without fossil fuels and keep greenhouse gas emissions at a safe level will require a drastic change. This required change will have many human and ecological health benefits but puts New Zealand in a challenging position.