Details of upcoming events, petitions and thought-provoking/useful links
Monday 10 March 2014
1. Sustainable Dunedin City action
Sustainable Dunedin City Society is made up of persons who are interested in the issues of climate change, declining energy security and sustainability, as they affect Dunedin City. The Society is not affiliated with any political party and aims to facilitate a positive, secure and sustainable future for Dunedin City. For more information or to join go to www.sustainabledunedincity.org.nz
Thursday 27th March 5.30pm
THE BOG – upstairs. Corner of George and London Sts. Please note the new venue
Topic this month: Promoting Local Food in Dunedin. It is now seven months since the second Local Food Forum was held in Dunedin. Our speaker this month is Andy Barratt who is part of Our Food Network – a local food network for the greater Dunedin region. Andy will give an update on progress since then. He will report on the outcomes of the Forum and the results of a survey conducted recently by Our Food Network.
About Our Food Network – Our Food Network aims to stimulate the production, distribution and consumption of local food and in that way contribute to the building of a resilient and prosperous community. It’s open to anyone or any groups with an interest in local food. If you, or the group you are in, support the strengthening of aspects of local food production, consumption and distribution, we’d be keen for you to be part of the network. Whether you wish to be an active member of the group, or simply receive the emailed newsletters, we invite you to join by emailing Andy Barratt at email@example.com
GreenDrinks Dunedin typically meet on the last Thursday of each month from 5.30pm. Everyone most welcome!
GreenDrinks Dunedin is part of the non-political international movement Green Drinks whose focus is to provide a relaxed space for people interested in sustainability and the environment to meet and get together.
Green Drinks Dunedin is hosted in Dunedin by Sustainable Dunedin City. For more information or to get on the mailing list please email Maureen Howard, GreenDrinks Dunedin Coordinator on firstname.lastname@example.org
SDC has written in support of the St Martin’s Island Community who are appealing removing their wharf signage:
‘Drilling for fossil fuels is unequivocally an unsustainable use of resources, because burning fossil fuels causes climate change. Please see attached the Lecture by the OECD Secretary-General, Mr. Angel Gurría, in October of 2013.
Because burning fossil fuels is unsustainable, we think that the signage of the St Martin’s Island Community Inc is of great value, as per especially our aims a.) and b.) above. It promotes discussion and thus awareness.
[we] support St Martin’s Island Community Inc.in that ‘This signage is better defined as a safety notice rather than advertising.’ (Form 49 appeal from St Martin’s Island Community Inc).’
2. Other dates
Eco Living in Action, Thursdays, 2.30-3pm. On Otago Access Radio 105.4FM. Tune in or check out previous shows on the OAR website at www.oar.org.nz/podcasts.
STOP (Save The Otago Peninsula) Inc Soc regular working bees on Tuesday and Thursday mornings in the Broad Bay area.
One is a freshwater creek enhancement project and the other is in a DOC Scientific Reserve. There is sometimes transport available from town on the Thursday morning. Other working bees are held as required in the evenings in summer and in the weekend. For more details, contact Lala Frazer, phone 478 0339, or text mobile 021 20 999 74, or email email@example.com
Quarantine Island Open Weekend last Saturday every month (29 March)
Everyone is welcome to the St Martin Island Community open weekends on Quarantine Island on the last Saturday of every month. Join us in releasing the (relatively) newly planted native trees, sharing conversations, passion and action in this beautiful island haven.
The boat leaves Back Beach at 9.30am and returns about 4pm. You can also stay overnight. Bring $10 for the boat and a contribution towards a shared lunch (and swimming togs if you’re feeling brave!).
Make sure to let the new keepers Candy and Gordon Douglas know that you intend to come – (03) 478 0874.
Living Legends at Waitati: last Sunday of the month (30 March): help with releasing the native plants from rank grass and weeds at the Orokonui Scenic Reserve, an important area for whitebait and wading birds. We aim to transform the low-lying rank pasture into a thriving natural wetland, as it was over 150 years ago. To find out more go to http://www.livinglegends.co.nz/regions-events/otagonorth-otago/ or contact: Lucy Hardy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 03 474 7094.
12 March, Wednesday 10 am
IPCC Working Group II and III – climate change briefing with reports’ New Zealand authors by the Science Media Centre (Wellington)
This background briefing will be an opportunity to prepare for the next major releases from the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), due out in March and April this year. These forthcoming sections of the fifth assessment report will focus on impacts, adaptation and vulnerability to climate change on a global and regional scale, including specific considerations for New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific (WGII); and also options for reducing greenhouse gas emissions (WGIII)….
Sunday 16 March 9am start
Forest and Bird Field Trip – Kaikai Beach via Heywards Point
Leader Richard Reeve. Grade moderate plus. Strong footwear essential. Meet at the Botany Department car park, corner Great King and Union Streets.
Cost $10 (goes towards shared transport.)
Sunday 16 March 1-5pm
Explore the benefits of various composting techniques to build your soil health and feed your plants. Learn how to build a hot compost heap, use a Bokashi composting system, and start your own worm farm.
Dunedin North Intermediate School
Cost $10. Contact Michelle Ritchie to register your interest – 029 771 0212 or email@example.com.
Sunday March 16, 1pm
An Edible Exploration in the Botanic Gardens with Rory Harding
Meet: Castle St. bridge entrance (by southern end car park)
Come along to the Dunedin Botanic Garden for a tour focusing on edible plants. The Botanic Garden is also a great place to observe Dunedin’s largest polyculture in action – a permaculture garden or farm may have a higher proportion of species directly useful to us, but design themes like structure and relative placement are common to both.
Please allow 2 hours and bring a pen and pad. (From Permaculture Dunedin)
Monday 17 March, 9.30 am – 3.30 pm
‘Poverty: Global and Local’ symposium by the Centre for Theology & Public Issues
St Margaret’s College, Dunedin. The symposium will feature two very special keynote speakers; Archbishop John Sentamu, (the Archbishop of York), and his wife Margaret Sentamu. Other speakers will include the Revd Jono Ryan (New Zealand Director of Servants to Asia’s Poor), Professor David Fielding (Professor of Economics, Otago Business School) and others to be confirmed.
The symposium will consider the nature, causes and extent of poverty and explore strategies for alleviating poverty that make a difference both locally and globally.
There will also be a Public Conversation later that day at 5.00 pm with Archbishop John Sentamu.
Tuesday 18 March 5:30pm
Talk – Mosses grow fat in the wetlands – vegetation in wetlands is more than just sedges and pretty flowers.
Dr Peter Johnson, Research Associate, Landcare Research. Peter takes a look at the mosses that contribute to wetlands. Contact Mark Hanger firstname.lastname@example.org
22nd & 23rd March.
Riverton Heritage Food Festival.
This is a great weekend of markets, food stalls, apple pressing and a huge array of workshops. A big feature of the festival is a display of heritage apple varieties and Robin Guyton is on hand to give you info about them as well as ID varieties you bring along. For more info go to www.sces.org.nz – and don’t forget to carpool/bus!
(23rd April + 21st May): 5.30
Permaculture Dunedin meetings
THE APARTMENT upstairs from The Malcalm Trust,
174 Princes Street (enter from upper Dowling Street)
Friday 28 March
Deadline for funding application for the DCC Community Grants Scheme
The Dunedin City Council makes funds available twice a year through the Community Grants Scheme, to help organisations that are benefiting the wider community. It is aimed at non-profit organisations that serve the social, educational, cultural and environmental wellbeing and development of the community.
To find out more, go to DCC website: www.dunedin.govt.nz
Sat 5th April, 9am-2pm.
Community fruit preserving workshop at Dunedin North Intermediate (Transition Valley 472)
28 March 2014, 7:30-9:30 pm
The 2°C climate target. What it means, whether we missed it, and what step to take next. A talk by
A/Prof. Malte Meinshausen (key architect of the 2 degrees max concept that has formed the basis of international climate change policy since. He is a world authority on climate change) from The University of Melbourne/The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impacts Research
Where: Community House Alexandra, 14 – 20 Centennial Avenue
Attendees are invited to share tea/coffee and nibbles after the event
Register your attendance: email: email@example.com OR phone: 0800-267327
Friday 18th April 9.30 a.m. to lunch Mon 21st April 2014
Changing the Dream: Quakers Address the Spirituality of Climate Change and Sustainability
The Quaker Settlement, 76 Virginia Road, Whanganui
This workshop is open to all interested people.
We aim to inspire each other to work with other groups to find practical solutions for issues of sustainability and climate change. There will be the opportunity of forming groups to provide on-going mutual support and/or undertake collective action.
The seminar will follow the Easter theme, which traverses despair and grief to renewed conviction, hope and action.
Register at http://bit.ly/FuturesQA
3. Petitions, consultations and submissions
Go to http://wiseresponse.org.nz/. See also https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/New_Zealand_Parliament_Seeking_your_support_for_Paliament_to_endorse_a_risk_assessment_for_NZ/?rc=fb&pv=32
The presentation of the Appeal to Parliament will be at 1:00pm, on Wednesday 9th April 2014, in the grounds of Parliament, opposite Seddon Statue. http://bit.ly/wr-submissionnews
Unburnable carbon 2013: Wasted capital and stranded assets has revealed that fossil fuel reserves already far exceed the carbon budget to avoid global warming of 2°C, but in spite of this, spent $674billion last year to find and develop new potentially stranded assets. (http://www.carbontracker.org/wastedcapital)
Protest against Westpac financing the Denniston mine: Westpac to call in its loan and end its other financing of Bathurst Resources. You can add your signature to a letter to Westpac here: http://act.350.org/letter/Westpac/
Turn Great Barrier Island into a national park – Forest & Bird appeal
The government is planning to change the law so that this extraordinary place will forever be open to mining. I’m asking you to help permanently protect the island. Please join our call to turn the publicly-owned land on Great Barrier Island into a national park. http://www.forestandbird.org.nz/what-we-do/news/turn-great-barrier-national-park
We have ambitious plans for 2014, and we want your help in making them stronger. Take this survey and let us know what you think.
Already this year is off to a strong start. Here’s what we’ve accomplished so far:
“Power Shift” convergences from Japan to Congo to Kyrgyzstan, training climate leaders around the world
A divestment movement that is spreading quickly across Europe, to strip the fossil-fuel industry of its social license
“Summer Heat” actions against dirty energy expansions in full swing in Australia
Click here to add your voice: 350.org/global-priorities
4. Food for thought and (good) fuel for action
• The planet is “perilously close” to a climate change tipping point, and requires urgent cooperation between countries, cities and business, International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde has said – See more at: http://www.rtcc.org/2014/02/05/imf-chief-lagarde-warns-of-merciless-climate-change/#sthash.h2OZohUZ.dpuf
• Dunedin Bike Library – Call for donations of bikes. A partnership of city stakeholders, including the Dunedin City Council (DCC), is planning a pilot bike library scheme at a school in South Dunedin. This bike library scheme entails the recycling and restoration of bikes donated by people in the community, for people in the community. The bike library scheme will make bikes available to children who have participated in the DCC Cycle Skills Training Programme.
We can arrange pick-up of the bikes within the Dunedin area. Please email Rose Dovey on firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to donate a bike or if you have any questions.
• Dr Maureen Howard is available to run a SUSTAINABLE PARISH PROGRAMME. If you belong to a Church group and think this would be a good opportunity for your church and its attendees to get ideas and assistance to become more sustainable then please do contact me for more information. It’s a free service to participating churches.
Tēnā koutou katoa,
Nicky Chapman (SDC’s newsletter compiler) email@example.com
Vivienne Bryner (SDC’s secretary) firstname.lastname@example.org
Sustainable Dunedin City Inc. http://www.sustainabledunedincity.org.nz
Please send all requests to go onto to mailing list to me, Nicky Chapman, at email@example.com
Please also let me know if you wish to come off this list.