Dean Baigent-Mercer

AuthorDean Baigent-Mercer

Dean Baigent-Mercer has often invisibly been involved with the key environmental campaigns within Aotearoa over the past twenty years. Sometimes writer/researcher, sometimes activist, sometimes pest controller or mead maker, he has worked nationally and internationally with Greenpeace and across these islands with Forest & Bird and other NGOs.

Native forest collapse feeds climate change

Let’s join the dots between collapsing native forests, possum density, thinning leaf litter, topsoil loss, dehydrated kiwi, and what this means in the context of the climate emergency. The release of Forest & Bird’s drone footage shot above some of Northland’s native forests shows a tui eye view of the skeletal limbs of dead and dying pōhutukawa, rātā, tōtara and pūriri. This is intended as a...

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