"Transforming the suburbs: young voices moving us forward into
In this talk 22 year old John Darroch will recap his experiences turning an abandoned house in central Auckland into a permaculture oasis. John will talk about experiments with Greywater systems, composting toilets, and rooftop gardening. From this John will show how we all have the power to begin building a new world from the ground up.
The talk will mix the philosophical underpinnings of an ethical lifestyle with practical steps we can all begin to take in our own lives. John will cover why we are facing the current environmental crisis and how we desperately need a transformation in how we live.
John Darroch has been involved in social justice activism since the age of 14. He has completed a Diploma in Sustainable Horticulture and worked as a research assistant. John taught the section on ‘food forests’ for the Master Gardener course at CCS Disability Action until last year. He is currently involved in the Animal Rights group New Zealand Open Rescue and works as a freelance photographer.
Civil disobedience highlights factory farming cruelty
(John recently made headlines when he locked himself to a pig silo to draw attention to factory farming of pigs in New Zealand.) See news snippets below…
New Zealand Open Rescue member John Darroch has today began an occupation of a pig farm near Cambridge, locking himself to a silo on the farm. Darroch is taking this action to draw attention to the cruelty inherent in factory farming. Supporters with banners, placards and pig costumes are also outside the farm. Darroch is prepared to stay in his position occupying the factory farm for up to two days ...
New Zealand Open Rescue member John Darroch was cut free from the silo at the Roto-O-Rangi Piggery last night at around 9pm. John appeared in the Hamilton district court this morning facing a charge each of trespass and unlawfully being in a building.