Details of upcoming events, submissions, petitions and thought-provoking/useful links
Monday 25th May 2015
As many readers of this newsletter will be aware, Maureen Howard has been coordinating Green Drinks on behalf of Sustainable Dunedin City for several years. She has recently given up this role to spend more time on her many other activities in the community. SDC chair, John Cocks, writes:
“Maureen has organised and convened Green Drinks since 2009. She has organised venues and arranged speakers, and facilitated discussions about sustainability issues relating to climate change, energy, biodiversity and planning – to name but a few. Many people have attended over the years, sharing views, becoming more aware, and learning practical solutions. In this role, and with her passion and commitment to sustainable living, Maureen’s leadership has been outstanding.”
Maureen will be a hard act to follow – but we are sure there is someone out there who can do it! If you think you might be interested, please get in touch with one of the Sustainable Dunedin City contacts listed at the end of this newsletter.
One piece of urgent action for you all this week – if you have not done so already, please make your submission to the Government’s consultation on New Zealand’s post-2020 climate change contribution by visiting the Ministry for the Environment consultation web page . The closing date is Wednesday 3rd June. It was very encouraging to see the large, engaged turn-out for the two meetings in Dunedin on this subject last week.
1. Sustainable Dunedin City news and events
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. Alongside producing this newsletter of sustainability-related events, the Society also organises the annual Big Green Challenge and hosts Green Drinks (see below). For more information or to join go to www.sustainabledunedincity.org.nz
Thursday 28th May
(last Thursday of month)GreenDrinks Dunedin
THE BOG – upstairs. Corner of George and London Sts.
Topic: Discussion of possible actions arising from the Climate Change consultation meetings in Dunedin last week
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. While we are looking for a new coordinator, please feel free to email one of the SDC contacts mentioned at the bottom of this newsletter if you have any questions about Green Drinks.
Thursday 18th June
(Third Thurs/ month)
GreenDrinks Port Chalmers
The Portsider in Port Chalmers
Topic: To be confirmed
2. Other new events
Thursday 28th May 5.30pm
How Do You Do…? : Bee Keeping
Dunningham Suite, 4th Floor Dunedin City Library
Another in a series of monthly talks over the winter giving you a chance to try something new.
May’s talk is presented by Bee Keeper and owner of Blueskin Bay Honey, David Milne, who will let us in on the secrets of honey bees and offer insights as to why bees are disappearing, how we can help honey bees thrive and the effects of varroa mites on New Zealand’s bee population. David discusses the essential question of whether we will all die without bees, and the magic or myth behind Manuka honey. Booking essential – RSVP: 03 474 3690 or email@example.com
Saturday 30th May
Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua monthly Community Open Day
TIME: Boat leaves Back Beach (Port Chalmers Yacht Club) at 9:30am sharp. Pick up from the Portobello Aquarium jetty also possible by prior arrangement. Departure from the Island is around 3.30pm
All welcome! As usual, there will be time to explore and relax, and volunteering opportunities. Seed collecting from the regenerating native bush, planting and weeding around the young trees are the main activities this time, but there are other ‘jobs’ too. Members of our Community care about global environmental, economic, social justice and health; we are aware submissions are due on NZ’s carbon emissions targets by 3rd June. Writing submissions alongside each other often ensures we find the time for this important activity and can share ideas.
TO BRING: Wear your old/comfortable work clothes and be prepared for any sort of weather, bring some yummy homemade food to share for the potluck lunch, $10 for the boat and your koha for the Island.
Contact Don on 4780874 or at firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday 28th to book your place on the boat.
Various dates and locations
FREE Homemade Cleaners Workshops
Make your own eco-friendly and cost-effective cleaners!
Reduce unnecessary packaging and harmful chemicals in your home
Share tips and recipes for cleaning your home with your own homemade cleaners!
Dunedin city – Wednesday 10th June: Daytime course 10-12 noon or Evening course 7-9pm, both at Church of Christ Community, corner of Filleul St and St Andrew St
Mosgiel – Tuesday 16th June, 7-9pm, Arahina House, 2 Perth St, Mosgiel
Waikouaiti – Thursday 18th June 7-9pm, East Otago Events Centre, Waikouaiti
Places on this FREE workshop are restricted to 14 and by RSVP only. To book your place please contact Maureen Howard on 473 9967 or email@example.com Brought to you by the Dunedin City Council
3. Ongoing activities
Eco living in action radio show. Otago Access Radio 105.4FM. Hosted by Maureen Howard. Supported by the Dunedin City Council.
Recent topics have included ‘Greening the Rubble’ in Christchurch, organic raw milk and passive houses.
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
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 022 437 0799, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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 go to http://www.livinglegends.co.nz/regions-events/otagonorth-otago/ or contact: Karen Connor at email@example.com or 03 4770 677.
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.
East Otago Market, Fortnightly, Saturdays 9am – 12pm
Waikouaiti Events Centre carpark and garden entrance off Main Road, through garden archway
Local fruit and vegetables, eggs, flour, coffee, honey, small goods, clothing, cosmetics, bric – a – brac, baking, jams, preserves, food stalls, haircuts and more! All stall holders welcome. Be part of our vibrant community market that showcases the best of East Otago produce and goods. The more the merrier!! $5 per stall. Please contact us for a vendor pack. Free Community Cake stall. Please contact us to get on the roster: Robin 027 440 firstname.lastname@example.org. Facebook
4. Petitions and consultations
Government consultation on Climate Change – details in introduction above.
The Guardian newspaper has started a campaign for divestment from fossil fuels by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Wellcome Trust, the largest and second largest charitable trusts in the world, working in the fields of development and health. To learn more and sign the petition, see Guardian Climate Change Campaign.
Simonne Samuelson email@example.com
Jenny Neilson (SDC’s secretary) firstname.lastname@example.org
Sustainable Dunedin City Inc. http://www.sustainabledunedincity.org.nz
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