This newsletter is circulated once every two to three weeks by Sustainable Dunedin City Society to publicise sustainability-related events, consultations, petitions and occasional news items relevant to Dunedin.
Again, there are several interesting events on during the next couple of months, including Geoffrey Palmer talking about Climate Change on Monday evening and Niki Harre from Auckland University on Psycology and Sustainability on Friday 16th.
If you can’t get to everything, then why not try out some more radio shows instead? In the Regular Activities section this time I have included a list of sustainability-related radio shows on Otago Access Radio.
Also, don’t forget to respond to the consultation on the draft Energy Plan for Dunedin by 16th October.
Green Drinks – Port Chalmers
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.
Thursday 15th October, 7.30pm (third Thursday of the month)
Green Drinks – Port Chalmers
Venue: The Portsider, Port Chalmers
Topic – to be confirmed
For more information see their Facebook page. Thursday 22nd October, 5.30pm (last Thursday of the month)
Green Drinks – Dunedin City
Venue – The Bog – upstairs. Corner of George and London Streets.
Topic – to be confirmed
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Other events/announcements for October
Monday 5th October, 5.30pm
Climate Change in New Zealand: Is it doom or can we hope? Public lecture by Sir Geoffrey Palmer
Venue: Castle 2 Lecture Theatre, University of Otago (access from Albany Street)
All welcome. Lecture supported by Wise Response, CSAFE, Law, Division of Sciences and Department of Social and Preventative Medicine
Monday 5th October, 7.30pm
Planning meeting for global climate change march
Venue: Quaker Meeting House, 15 Park Street
All welcome to help with the planning of this important march; ideas, energy and skills are needed.
Thursday 8 Oct 6.30-8.30pm.
“Understanding your soil” Seminar
Venue: Taste Nature, 131 High Street
This beginners’ workshop on understanding soil introduces some basic soil science and recommendations for growing healthy crops. The seminar is run by Andy Barratt who is an experienced local organic small farmer.
Sign up by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with “Soil Seminar” as the heading, or sign up instore at the shop counter. Tickets: $35. Early booking recommended!
Friday 16th October
Dr Niki Harre – public workshop and talk
Workshop : Psychology for a Better World: Strategies to Inspire Sustainability
When: Friday 16th October, 3.30pm- 4.30pm (Refreshments provided)
Where: G201 Otago Polytechnic (Union St)
Audience: Young people (senior secondary students, Uni and Polytech students, other young people)
4.45-5.20pm Refreshments in H1 – Please join us (tea, coffee, soup, bread, fruit)
Talk : Dr. Niki Harre, “Psychology, Sustainability and Life as an Infinite Game”
When: Friday 16th October 5.30pm
Where: G106 Otago Polytechnic (through the archway, ground floor, Union St)
Dr. Niki Harre is Associate Professor in Psychology and Associate Dean Sustainability at Auckland University. Her teaching and research is in the area of applied social and community psychology. Dr. Harre is the author of Psychology for a Better World: Strategies to Inspire Sustainability.
After Niki’s talk and Q & A, we would like others involved in sustainability activities to talk for a few minutes about one of their projects. A data projector is available if you want to share a couple of photos.
Please join us at 4.45pm if you can for light refreshments on the ground floor of H block (corner of Union and Forth St) and stay after the talks for more informal conversations and soup and bread.
RSVP to Kristen at email@example.com if you would like to talk and share some photos by Wed. 14th Oct.
All welcome. Koha please. Hosted by the Quarantine Island /Kamau Taurua Community and Otago Polytechnic’s Sustainability Group.
Looking further forward…
Home composting workshops – November
Ever thought about starting a compost system at home or improving your existing compost system? Are you interested in attending or hosting a composting workshop?
• cold and hot compost heaps
• worm farms
• troubleshooting – how to get the most out of your composting system.
These workshops, led by a local composting expert, generally run on a weekend afternoon from 1pm – 5pm with a follow-up early evening (5pm – 6pm) compost heap turning session.
Workshops have a maximum of 12 participants at a cost of $10 per person.
Hosting a compost workshop is a fun way to learn about compost as well as meeting new people.
• provide a suitable venue to create a compost heap
• supply materials to create the compost heap (lawn clippings, leaves, pea straw, manure etc.)
• have a place for a cuppa (tea, coffee and snacks provided by workshop presenter)
• keep the compost for their garden!
The next round of workshops are to be held in November. To register your interest as a host or a participant contact: Education and Promotions Officer Jennie.Upton@dcc.govt.nz
Deadlines in November
Otago Science into Action funding
Otago Science Into Action has funding available to support participatory science projects that are:
Community-driven: The research must be relevant to, and resonate with, the community.
Connected with scientists: Involve active participation of communities in the scientific process, making the most of their local knowledge and generating new scientific &/or technological insights.
Educational: Offer real learning outcomes to students and young people, including two-way learning between the wider community and the science partners.
Seed funding and project funding available to community groups and their science partners. See http://scienceintoaction.nz/funding/ for more information.
Sunday 22nd November, 7.00 – 10.30pm
Love the Earth – a vigil on climate change before the Paris Climate Change talks (30th November – 11th December)
Venue: Meet in the Octagon and proceed to St Paul’s Cathedral and Crypt
An invitation to share our love of the earth through poetry, prayer, song and dance, reflection and contemplation. All are welcome. There will be a special opportunity for children to express their love of the earth.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
Sunday 29th November, 1pm
Global Climate March
A global day of action is planned prior to the start of the Paris Climate Summit. For general information see https://secure.avaaz.org/en/paris_save_the_date/.
Watch this space for information about what is being planned for Dunedin.
Otago Access Radio – sustainability programmes
Eco-living in action radio show Otago Access Radio 105.4FM.
Hosted by Maureen Howard and sponsored by Sustainable Dunedin City.
8th October Make a rickshaw! Kari Clifford
15th October Sustainable Community development. Sean Connolly
The show runs every week – each Thursday 2.30-3pm on 105.4FM and is repeated each Monday 8.30-9am. To hear all of the shows please go to the Otago Access Radio website at www.oar.org.nz or download the shows via iTunes – to come to you every week. You can also check out photos to go with some past shows on the website at http://ecolivinginactiondunedin.wordpress.com
Imagine you had a pair of glasses that had a sustainability mode. This mode meant that you looked at the world through a “sustainable lens”. What would you see? These lenses wouldn’t merely be green tinted glasses like the ones from the Emerald City in the Wizard of Oz. Instead, think about the analytical eyes of the Predators (robots) in the Terminator movies. These eyes scan the landscape, identifying threats, analysing options and proposing actions. Now, think about the sustainable lens on radio…
Each week Shane Gallagher and Samuel Mann take a sustainable perspective on current topics in the world around us. Regular features aimed at drawing out connections lead into an extended discussion with invited guests.
We are building up a searchable archive of conversations with people from many different fields who are applying their skills to a sustainable future. In our conversations we try to find out what motivates them and what it means to see the world through a sustainable perspective, through their sustainable lens.
Podcast and live on Otago Access Radio (Thursday NZ 7-8pm 105.4FM/1575AM in Dunedin).
Oil Free Otago Radio
Every Wednesday 1:00pm – 1:30pm or check out podcasts on www.oar.org.nz
Oil Free Otago is a group of Otago residents who aim to protect our oceans and climate by preventing deep sea drilling and further exploration off our coasts through non-violent, community-led action.br /Tune in each week for interviews and discussion around this critical issue for Aotearoa.
Community Or Chaos
Tuesdays 11am-noon on OAR 105.4FM or check out podcasts on www.oar.org.nz. Marvin Hubbard presents an hour of interesting and eclectic and topical radio. Marvin interviews a wide range of people from religious leaders and teachers through to ecological activists and touring musicians.
In the Garden with Barbara Wheeler and Dylan Norfield
Fortnightly on Fridays 10am – 11am or check out podcasts on www.oar.org.nz. Barbara Wheeler talks with Dunedin Botanic Garden staff and volunteers, and offers tips for the home gardener.
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 a DOC Scientific Reserve. Other working bees held as required in the evenings in summer and at weekends. For information contact Lala Frazer (phone 478 0339, email email@example.com or text 022 437 0799.
Living legends at Waitati Last Sunday of the month. 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 contact Karen Connor at firstname.lastname@example.org or 03 4770 677 or visit http://www.livinglegends.co.nz/regions-events/otagonorth-otago/
Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua – 2015 Open Community Days are usually held on the Island on the last Saturday of each month. Come for the day or overnight. Help with the tree re-vegetation, maintenance and other projects. Enjoy good company and food in beautiful surroundings. Cost: $10 for the boat and a contribution towards the shared lunch.
Contact 03 478 0874 or 027 7777 874 or email@example.com. See http://quarantineisland.org.nz/ for more information about the island and the Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua Community
which looks after it.
Blueskin Community Market first Sunday of every month
Gallery on Blueskin
Food and coffee, plants and produce, arts and crafts, prints, pakoras, books, toys and more! Free stalls, DCC regulations apply to food stalls.
Phone Nathan on 027 214 8294 or Rudie 027 781 1799 for more information.
Petitions and consultations
Dunedin City Council: consultation on its draft Energy Plan. See http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/council-online/currently-consulting-on/current-consultations/an-energy-plan-for-dunedin for the discussion document and information on how to make a submission. Closing date for submissions 16th October.
Otago Regional Council: No sustainability-related consultations at present.
New Zealand Government: No sustainability-related consultations at present.
Survey on Otago Access Radio – It’s survey time for Otago Access Radio (OAR FM) and they would love it if you would show your support for your community access station by telling them what you think. It takes just 2 minutes to complete the short questionnaire. Please click this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZG7FNT2
Sustainable Dunedin City Society aims to facilitate a positive, secure and sustainable future for Dunedin City and is made up of people who are interested in the issues of climate change, declining energy security and sustainability. The Society is not affiliated to any political party. As well as production of this newsletter, current activities of the the Society include organising the Big Green Challenge and hosting Green Drinks in the city centre and Port Chalmers. For more information or to join the Society go to http://www.sustainabledunedincity.org.nz/
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