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Tuesday 8 April 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 24th April 5.30pm
GreenDrinks Dunedin
THE BOG – upstairs. Corner of George and London Sts. Please note the new venue
Guest speaker: Dr Sue Bidrose, CEO of the DCC
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 mhoward@slingshot.co.nz
2. Other dates and activities

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 lala.frazer@gmail.com

Quarantine Island Open Weekend last Saturday every month (26 April)

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 (27 April): 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 lhardy@doc.govt.nz or 03 474 7094.

Blueskin Community Market first Sunday of every month (4 May)

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.

Applications for the Dunedin Biodiversity Fund available. Closes 2 May.

The purpose of the fund is to maintain a network of viable habitats and ecosystems in Dunedin by encouraging and supporting those landowners who are committed to protecting, enhancing and managing indigenous biodiversity. The April 2014 funding round has $30,000 available for allocation in the form of grants on a cost-sharing basis (50% landowner 50% Council). The maximum grant is $5,000 per project. Copies of the fund criteria and on-line application forms can be obtained from www.dunedin.govt.nz/biodiversity or by phoning 477 4000

Monthly challenge is to go zero-waste! Join the Sustainable Action Groups to try to meet this DCC vision!

http://sustainableactioncommunities.wordpress.com/

Now to 30 June

Warm Dunedin Programme

www.dunedin.govt.nz/warmdunedin or phone 477 4000

Wed 9 April 1 pm

The presentation of the The WISE response appeal to Parliament.

Parliament grounds, opposite Seddon Statue. http://bit.ly/wr-submissionnews

The WISE appeal for a New Zealand risk assessment: economic, energy & climate, business continuity, ecological security, genuine wellbeing. ‘Symptoms to serious to ignore’

Thursday, 10 April 2014 , 12:00 – 13:00

Managing interactions between carbon pricing and energy policies: Dr Christina Hood – International Energy Agency (IEA)– public lecture

Burns 7 Lecture theatre – University of Otago

Carbon pricing is a cornerstone of energy sector decarbonisation, but should be supplemented by targeted energy policies ….However these polices can interact, supporting or undermining one another. …This talk will focus on three case studies – the European Union, Chile, and South Africa – to examine how real-world carbon pricing proposals interact with existing energy policies, and suggest how this could better be managed.

Dr Hood is a climate change policy analyst at the IEA. She has worked as climate change and energy advisor to the NZ Minister, a private consultant, and as an advisor on mitigation and adaptation issues in local government. She holds a PhD in experimental physics, and BSc(Hons) in physics from Otago.

Thursday, 10 April

12:00pm – 1:00pm

“Disarmament: The Balance Sheet” Public lecture hosted by the Faculty of Law, Department of Politics and the National Centre for Peace and Conflict studies.

Archway 2, University of Otago

Angela Kane, High Representative for Disarmament Affairs for the UN talks about disarmament challenges and successes.

4-5 pm

Effects of irrigation and effluent dispersal on earthworms and soil chemical properties, Bonface Manono.

Seminar Room, Centre for Innovation

Bonface, a PhD student at the Centre for Sustainability, recently submitted his PhD and is currently on a writing scholarship before returning to his home country, Kenya.

Friday 11 April 12pm

WESTPAC: Dump Coal or we’ll dump you! Mass account closing action.

Westpac, Moray Place, Dunedin

Part of the national week of action. Westpac is the main financier of Bathurst Resources, the Aussy mining company that wants to turn the rare and pristine Denniston Plateau into a massive open cast coal mine which would be the biggest new climate changing project in Aotearoa.

Meet at high noon. Existing Westpac customers will go into the branch together and queue up to close their Westpac accounts. They will then gather outside for group photos and/or a video of everyone cutting-up their Westpac Eftpos/debit/credit cards.

Non Westpac customers also needed to hold banners, hand out flyers, talk to public etc.

Sign this letter to Westpac: http://act.350.org/letter/Westpac/

Friday 11 April 7pm

“What’s on Your Fork?” Public meeting with Green MP Steffan Browning on the labelling of GE food

Taste Nature , 131 High St. Dunedin

Saturday 12 April

7pm til late

Adios Anadarko party

Waitati Hall

Waitati branch of Oil Free Otago would like to invite ALL supporters, ready response team members and anyone else unhappy at the prospect of further oil or gas seismic testing, exploration or drilling in our seas to come and celebrate – Anadarko has gone! … Bring Kai and Koha, and your own liquid refreshments. And don’t forget your dancing shoes. Let’s give that two-bit Texan a great send-off!”

Tuesday 15 April 5 pm

DCC Draft Annual Plan submissions close.

The draft annual plan sets out the Council’s proposed annual budgets and performance measures for 2014/15 and updates the information for the 2014/15 year that in contained in the Council’s ten year plan or Long Term Plan (LTP) which was put in place last year. Please tell us whether you agree or disagree with spending priorities for 2014/15 outlined in the draft plan by making a submission.

http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/your-council/draft-annual-plan-2014-2015/submission-process

Tuesday 15 April 5.30pm

Forest & Bird indoor meeting: legacy of introduced animals on Auckland Islands

Room 215, 2nd floor Zoology Benham Building 346 Great King Street. (Please be on time as we have to hold the door open.)

Dr Geoff Rogers – Department of Conservation will give a talk on how introduced animals have modified the vegetation of the Auckland Islands: a look at the legacy of human settlement and their grazing animals on the vegetation of Auckland and Enderby Islands

Contact Mark Hanger dunedin.branch@forestandbird.org.nz.

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

Saturday 19 – Sunday 20 April

Forest & Bird field trip: Explore the upper Taieri scroll plain and Canadian Flats wetland area.

Travel to Patearoa Saturday pm and overnight there. on Sunday, go up to the end of the road and walk up to the Canadian Flats wetland. Leader Janet Ledingham, 467 2960. Grade easy. Cost to be advised. Please advise intent to come by 1 April so we can secure accommodation.

Thursday 24 April 7:30pm

Otago Herb Society

St Patrick’s Centre 32 Macandrew Road, South Dunedin

Demonstration of Turkish food featuring herbs used. Visitors and new members are welcome. For further details, phone Liz on 4774-910

Saturday 26th April 10am-2pm

Community apple juice-making day and preserves tasting/swapping at the NEV Community rooms, 262 North Rd

Bring any end of season apples you’d like to make into juice, (plus a clean empty soft drink bottle if you want to take some juice home), and help put them through the ‘apple press’. Or bring preserves you’d like to share a taste of, along with the recipe; or excess preserves and fresh produce you’d like to swap. Cuttings for swapping are also welcome. This event has been timed to co-incide with the NEV Community Garden working bee and open morning. Take time to visit this impressive garden just above the NEVN School and find out more about getting involved.

30 April

Entries close for the Green Agriculture Innovation Awards (Gaia) NZ

See http://www.biologicalfarmers.co.nz/gaia-awards.html and www.amazingcarbon.com

6 June, midday

Botanic Gardens’ Hort Talks series: “Local Food: Passing Fad or Secure Future?”

By Andy Barrett of Our Food Network

June TBC

Kay Baxter of the Koanga Institute and a veteran campaigner for permaculture and the preservation of heritage fruit and vegetable varieties is planning a nation-wide tour. For more information about Koanga, visit http://www.koanga.org.nz

Friday 2 May 2014 5 pm

DCC Biodiversity Fund applications for funding close

Mother’s Day, 11 May at 11am

Trees for Babies – Celebrating Families

Roseneath Reserve, District Road, Roseneath

Join others to plant a tree of your choice from a variety of natives for someone special (such as a new family member, birthday, anniversary, or passing of a loved one) and receive a certificate in their name. Pre-registration is required. Trees cost $20.

Contact Keep Dunedin Beautiful Co-ordinator, (03) 474 3401 dethomso@dcc.govt.nz

Friday 27 to Sunday 29 June

Foreign Policy School: Global Resource Scarcity www.otago.ac.nz/OtagoFPS
3. Petitions and consulatations

Government consultations (http://www.parliament.nz/en-nz/pb/sc/make-submission/):

· 11 Apr: Health & Safety Reform Bill

· 17 Apr: Environmental Reporting Bill

· 17 Apr: Energy (Fuels, Levies, and References) Amendment Bill

· 17 Apr: Kaikoura (Te Tai-o-Marokura) Marine Management Bill

· 30 Apr: Education Amendment Bill (No 2)

Public submissions on the DCC’s 2014/15 Draft Annual Plan close at 5pm on 15 April. Submit early, and online if possible (see also above)

http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/your-council/latest-news/march-2014/have-your-say-on-the-201415-draft-annual-plan

http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/council-online/currently-consulting-on

 

4. Food for thought and (good) fuel for action

· IPCC 5th assessment report: http://www.ipcc.ch/

· Expert comment on IPCC report on climate impacts and adaptation: http://www.sciencemediacentre.co.nz/2014/03/31/ipcc-report-on-climate-impacts-and-adaptation-experts-respond/?utm_source=HEADS-UP+5-11+APR+2014&utm_campaign=SMC+Heads-Up&utm_medium=email

· Dominion editorial: http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/comment/editorials/9897674/Editorial-Climate-change-everyones-issue

· TED talk: Dave Meslin: The antidote to apathy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Knz100ldLM

· Block offer for offshore drilling: http://www.nzpam.govt.nz/cms/petroleum/block-offers/block-offer-2014-release-areas

· Climate Crime Scene declared as Simon Bridges announces Block Offer to oil industry: http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1404/S00050/climate-crime-scene-declared.htm

· ‘Living with climate change’: http://www.transitionnetwork.org/news/2014-04-03/april-2014-transition-network-newsletter

· http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1404/S00081/social-media-outrage-at-seven-sharp-climate-science-denial.htm

· “Facing the Future: Towards a Green Economy for New Zealand’ by the Royal Society.

o http://www.royalsociety.org.nz/media/2014/03/Facing-the-future-towards-a-green-economy-for-NZ.pdf.

o http://www.royalsociety.org.nz/expert-advice/information-papers/yr2014/greeneconomy/infographic

· Curtain Bank Urgently requires Curtains (NOW). We have 190 families on our waiting list. Are you able to spread the word? WANTED URGENTLY – good condition curtains and material to make curtains. Drop to Dunedin Curtain Bank, 174 Princess Street

Tēnā koutou katoa,

Nicky Chapman (SDC’s newsletter compiler) newsletter@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

Vivienne Bryner (SDC’s secretary) secretary@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

Sustainable Dunedin City Inc. http://www.sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

Please send all requests to go onto to mailing list to me, Nicky Chapman, at newsletter@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

Details of upcoming events, submissions, petitions and thought-provoking/useful links
Thursday 27 March 2014

Special note: Please considering signing the Avaaz petition for the WISE response (see below). This is the final push before presentation of the Appeal to Parliament in early April. Many high profile individuals and significant organisations have put their name to the request (among them many from Otago), and it just gained the formal support of its first Territorial Authority. The team would like 10,000 signatures behind the document before early April. Please also forward to others who care!

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

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

Today

GreenDrinks Dunedin

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 asbarratt@gmail.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 mhoward@slingshot.co.nz
2. Other dates and activities

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 lala.frazer@gmail.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 lhardy@doc.govt.nz or 03 474 7094.

Blueskin Community Market first Sunday of every months (6 April)

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.

TODAY 4-5 pm

A sustainable vision for the University of Otago

Seminar Room, Centre for Innovation

A seminar presented by Ryan Geerdink – a Science Business and Innovations student from the Netherlands. Ryan is currently in his final year of a research project at the University of Otago assessing the potential of the implementation of photovoltaics at the University as part of a sustainable vision and how this can contribute to a more sustainable lifestyle.

TODAY 5:30pm – 6:30pm

Antarctica in the Palm of Your Hand: A Science Tour of the Ice Sheet

Burns 1 lecture theatre

Dr Ted Scambos, lead scientist US National Science and Ice Data Center. He has published extensively on climate change in Antarctica, and on applying satellite data to studying and mapping the continent.

TODAY 5.30 – 7pm

Sustainable Business success

Technique Restaurant, Harbour Tce, Otago Polytechnic

The Sustainable Business Network and Otago Polytechnic

Hear how local businesses are achieving sustainable success, and meet people who are interested in business practices of the future.

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

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, and 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

Cost: $5/person

Attendees are invited to share tea/coffee and nibbles after the event

Register your attendance: email: admin@coreap.org.nz OR phone: 0800-267327

Saturday, 29 March

1pm

Nationwide Rally Against the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) – Dunedin event

Octagon

The New Zealand government is negotiating an international agreement that involves eleven Asian and Pacific-rim countries, including the United States. If it goes ahead, we risk damage to our innovative economy, our pristine environment, our health, and the ability to shape our own future – but it is being conducted in secret.

Go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwqMp1ykbW8

Saturday 29 March 9am-2pm

Community Baking and Preserving Workshops

Bathgate School Technology Block, Macandrew Road, South Dunedin

The Dunedin Community Food Harvest Group, Transition Valley 473, Presbyterian Support, and other volunteers are teaming up to do some community fruit picking, baking and preserving. The aim is to build skills, reduce waste and make the most of local foods. All volunteers (pickers and preservers) and tree owners will get to keep a little produce themselves, with fresh produce going to the Food Bank, or being used in skill sharing workshops, or turned into delicious fresh apple juice….

Sunday 30 March 1 pm – allow 2 hours

A tour of edible plants in the Botanic Garden

Meet Castle st. bridge entrance (by southern end car park). Bring a pen and pad. https://www.facebook.com/events/1404842433110583/

31 March 1 pm

The next IPCC report 5 comes out of embargo.

The next installments in the Assessment Report 5 will focus on risks and impact of climate change on a regional as well as global scale, including specific impacts in New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific (WGII); and options for limiting greenhouse gas emissions (WGIII).

Monday 31 March

Applications for the Dunedin Biodiversity Fund open.

The purpose of the fund is to maintain a network of viable habitats and ecosystems in Dunedin by encouraging and supporting those landowners who are committed to protecting, enhancing and managing indigenous biodiversity. The April 2014 funding round has $30,000 available for allocation in the form of grants on a cost-sharing basis (50% landowner 50% Council). The maximum grant is $5,000 per project. Copies of the fund criteria and on-line application forms can be obtained from www.dunedin.govt.nz/biodiversity or by phoning 477 4000

Monday 31 March 4pm

Recycled Fashion Parade

Dunedin Public Art Gallery

Students from Bathgate Park School present designs created with the help of their tutors Tracy Kennedy from the School of Design, Otago Polytechnic and Senorita AweSUMO, Zero Waste textile practitioner. In conjunction with iD Dunedin Fashion Week.

April

Monthly challenge is to go zero-waste! Join the Sustainable Action Groups to try to meet this DCC vision!

http://sustainableactioncommunities.wordpress.com/

Tuesday 1 April
2 – 2.50 pm

Visiting Executive Programme Seminar – “Radical is the new normal” by Rod Oram

Archway 1 Lecture Theatre

A low carbon economy is essential for achieving a sustainable society, here and around the world. Business is critical to this transformation, hence the abundant opportunities for companies in new technologies, energy and resource use, markets, business models and other great drivers of innovation.

Yet, here and abroad, only a few brave leaders are locking on to these opportunities. The longer mainstream businesses resist change, the greater the penalty they will pay.

Business journalist Rod Oram will explore these global issues and their New Zealand ramifications, with a particular focus on leaders and laggards among NZ companies.

Tuesday 1 April at 9am

The next Bus Go Dunedin meeting: bus timetable booklet design workshop.

The Otago Regional Council have very kindly invited us to engage in a workshop to nut out the design of the next booklet, due out in July.

Otago Regional Council, 70 Stafford St

Anyone who has good ideas about designing the timetable is welcome, but bookings are essential as to hold an effective workshop we need to strictly limit the numbers. Please email peter.dowden@gmail.com to book your place at the workshop.

Please have a look through the present booklet and collect your thoughts about the design. Note that the workshop is to redesign the booklet itself, not the bus service as a whole.

Thursday, 3 April

1:50pm – 2:50pm

Public Lecture: The future of food in New Zealand: which yellow brick road?

hng10, Science 1, 700 cumberland street University of Otago

Professor Jacqueline Rowarth, Professor of Agribusiness,Waikato University

The debate about productivity, environment, organics, genetic engineering and nutrient density continue. This talk considers the evidence and suggests a path for the future.

Thursday 3 April 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Communicating Visually: Sustainable Forestry Reporting in a Web-based World

Seminar room, Centre for Innovation. Corner St David and Castle Sts

Barbara Hock ( PhD student – Scion research) is currently doing a PhD on visuals for communicating sustainable forestry. In her seminar she will discuss some of the challenges she encountered in her explorations of what constitutes sustainable forestry, how people can explore their understanding of sustainability and forestry, and ways to facilitate sustainability reporting for forests.

Sat 5th April

9am-2pm.

Community fruit preserving workshop at Dunedin North Intermediate (as per 29 March)

Dunedin North Intermediate Technology Block 34 North Road, NEV

Sunday 6 April 9 am

Forest & Bird field trip Join the KCC group for a visit to Shag Point with Jim Fyfe, Department of Conservation Marine Ranger.

Botany Department car park, corner Great. King and Union Streets.

KCC Co-ordinator Tiff Stewart for details, 021 141 0895.

Wed 9 April 1 pm

The presentation of the The WISE response appeal to Parliament.

Parliament grounds, opposite Seddon Statue. http://bit.ly/wr-submissionnews

The WISE appeal for a New Zealand risk assessment: economic, energy & climate, business continuity, ecological security, genuine wellbeing. ‘Symptoms to serious to ignore’

Tuesday 15 April 5 pm

DCC Draft Annual Plan submissions close.

The draft annual plan sets out the Council’s proposed annual budgets and performance measures for 2014/15 and updates the information for the 2014/15 year that in contained in the Council’s ten year plan or Long Term Plan (LTP) which was put in place last year. Please tell us whether you agree or disagree with spending priorities for 2014/15 outlined in the draft plan by making a submission.

http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/your-council/draft-annual-plan-2014-2015/submission-process

Tuesday 15 April 5.30pm

Forest & Bird indoor meeting: legacy of introduced animals on Auckland Islands

Room 215, 2nd floor Zoology Benham Building 346 Great King Street. (Please be on time as we have to hold the door open.)

Dr Geoff Rogers – Department of Conservation will give a talk on how introduced animals have modified the vegetation of the Auckland Islands: a look at the legacy of human settlement and their grazing animals on the vegetation of Auckland and Enderby Islands

Contact Mark Hanger dunedin.branch@forestandbird.org.nz.

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

Saturday 19 – Sunday 20 April

Forest & Bird field trip: Explore the upper Taieri scroll plain and Canadian Flats wetland area.

Travel to Patearoa Saturday pm and overnight there. on Sunday, go up to the end of the road and walk up to the Canadian Flats wetland. Leader Janet Ledingham, 467 2960. Grade easy. Cost to be advised. Please advise intent to come by 1 April so we can secure accommodation.

Thursday 24 April 7:30pm

Otago Herb Society

St Patrick’s Centre 32 Macandrew Road, South Dunedin

Demonstration of Turkish food featuring herbs used. Visitors and new members are welcome. For further details, phone Liz on 4774-910

Saturday 26th April 10am-2pm

Community apple juice-making day and preserves tasting/swapping at the NEV Community rooms, 262 North Rd

Bring any end of season apples you’d like to make into juice, (plus a clean empty soft drink bottle if you want to take some juice home), and help put them through the ‘apple press’. Or bring preserves you’d like to share a taste of, along with the recipe; or excess preserves and fresh produce you’d like to swap. Cuttings for swapping are also welcome. This event has been timed to co-incide with the NEV Community Garden working bee and open morning. Take time to visit this impressive garden just above the NEVN School and find out more about getting involved.

6 June, midday

Botanic Gardens’ Hort Talks series: “Local Food: Passing Fad or Secure Future?”

By Andy Barrett of Our Food Network

June TBC

Kay Baxter of the Koanga Institute and a veteran campaigner for permaculture and the preservation of heritage fruit and vegetable varieties is planning a nation-wide tour. For more information about Koanga, visit http://www.koanga.org.nz

Friday 2 May 2014 5 pm

DCC Biodiversity Fund applications for funding close

Mother’s Day, 11 May at 11am

Trees for Babies – Celebrating Families

Roseneath Reserve, District Road, Roseneath

Join others to plant a tree of your choice from a variety of natives for someone special (such as a new family member, birthday, anniversary, or passing of a loved one) and receive a certificate in their name. Pre-registration is required. Trees cost $20.

Contact Keep Dunedin Beautiful Co-ordinator, (03) 474 3401 dethomso@dcc.govt.nz
3. Petitions

The WISE response appeal to Parliament for a New Zealand risk assessment: economic, energy & climate, business continuity, ecological security, genuine wellbeing. ‘Symptoms to serious to ignore’.

Go to

http://wiseresponse.org.nz/.

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

http://bit.ly/wiseresponse-ocw

We’re getting hot and hungry: sign the Oxfam petition on climate change: http://www.oxfam.org.nz/what-you-can-do/take-action/fight-climate-change-and-hunger?utm_source=AC&utm_campaign=AC+Weds+26+Mar+14+F%26CJ&utm_medium=email
4. Food for thought and (good) fuel for action

· “Facing the Future: Towards a Green Economy for New Zealand’ by the Royal Society. This Emerging Issues paper presents evidence from local and global trends suggesting that New Zealand should carefully review its direction of development, and discusses the potential for New Zealand to move towards a green economy. The United Nations Environment Programme describes the core characteristics of a green economy as: low carbon, resource efficient and socially inclusive. See:

o http://www.royalsociety.org.nz/media/2014/03/Facing-the-future-towards-a-green-economy-for-NZ.pdf.

o http://www.royalsociety.org.nz/expert-advice/information-papers/yr2014/greeneconomy/infographic

· Unburnable carbon 2013: Wasted capital and stranded assets: http://www.carbontracker.org/wastedcapital

This new research from Carbon Tracker and the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at LSE calls for regulators, governments and investors to re-evaluate energy business models against carbon budgets, to prevent $6trillion carbon bubble in the next decade.

· Modern civilisation is heading for collapse within a matter of decades because of growing economic instability and pressure on the planet’s resources, according to a scientific study funded by Nasa…

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/earth-insight/2014/mar/14/nasa-civilisation-irreversible-collapse-study-scientists

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/earth-insight/2014/mar/18/transition-tipping-point-revolution-doom

· Following from Our Food Network – many thanks:

o http://www.slate.com/blogs/behold/2014/03/09/aliza_eliazarov_photographs_the_sustainable_farm_movement_in_the_united.html

Photo essay on local food producers. What would Dunedin’s look like?

o http://www.spur.org/publications/spur-report/2013-05-13/locally-nourished A comprehensive local food document from the States which shows what a similar study of our region could cover.

o https://www.pledgeme.co.nz/projects/1845 An interesting Wellington initiative

o http://www.ripenear.me/ An interactive map (Australian-based, but with reference to our area) on local food availability.

o http://www.spinfarming.com SPIN stands for S-mall P-lot IN-tensive farming and it promises it can show how to “make farm-size income from garden-size plots”.

· And still more on urban food innovation: http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/bulletin/a-brilliant-composting-island-concept-for-new-york/?tag=nl.e540&s_cid=e540&ttag=e540&ftag=TRE5369823

· The Bishop of Sheffield on climate change falling off the political agenda: http://bishopofsheffield.blogspot.co.uk/ “Here is a mystery. The world grows warmer. Yet climate change has disappeared from the political agenda since 2010 in this country and around the world.” Dr Croft made reference to Beveridge and Temple’s naming of the ‘five giants of evil’, squalor, ignorance, want, idleness and disease, from the 1940s. He said these are still with us and “remain the enemies of human flourishing”. However, “there is a sixth giant to be named and to be fought”…

· FAIIR – Freshwater Algae Identification, Information and Action Resource – new website hosted by Landcare Research, for anyone interested in observing and identifying algae, and who has access to a compound microscope (even a very basic one). It is aimed at community groups with little previous knowledge, such as school classes or volunteer groups. The identification key, with illustrated glossary, will enable you to detect nuisance algae, such as potentially toxic cyanobacteria or Didymo, and will help you explore this fascinating – and incredibly diverse – microscopic world. http://fwalgae.landcareresearch.co.nz

Tēnā koutou katoa,

Nicky Chapman (SDC’s newsletter compiler) newsletter@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

Vivienne Bryner (SDC’s secretary) secretary@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

Sustainable Dunedin City Inc. http://www.sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

Please send all requests to go onto to mailing list to me, Nicky Chapman, at newsletter@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

Please also let me know if you wish to come off this list.

 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

GreenDrinks Dunedin

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 asbarratt@gmail.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 mhoward@slingshot.co.nz

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 lala.frazer@gmail.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 lhardy@doc.govt.nz 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 michelle@organicbydesign.kiwi.nz.

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 dunedin.branch@forestandbird.org.nz

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!

26th March
(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

Cost: $5/person

Attendees are invited to share tea/coffee and nibbles after the event

Register your attendance: email: admin@coreap.org.nz 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

WR_LogoThe WISE response appeal to Parliament for a New Zealand risk assessment: economic, energy & climate, business continuity, ecological security, genuine wellbeing. ‘Symptoms to serious to ignore’.

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

http://bit.ly/wiseresponse-ocw

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

From 350.org:

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 rose@motum.co.nz 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.

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Tēnā koutou katoa,

Nicky Chapman (SDC’s newsletter compiler) newsletter@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

Vivienne Bryner (SDC’s secretary) secretary@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

Sustainable Dunedin City Inc. http://www.sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

Please send all requests to go onto to mailing list to me, Nicky Chapman, at newsletter@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

Please also let me know if you wish to come off this list.

Details of upcoming events, petitions and thought-provoking/useful links
Tuesday 7 January

   Dear Everyone, I hope you all are having/had a peaceful time – in our soothing rain…

    Many thanks for all the information you send and the feedback you give. It is hugely appreciated even if I don’t always respond personally.

The major information for this newsletter is the Oil Free Otago events this weekend. I hope you can support them. Go to http://oilfreefuturesummit.weebly.com/ or

http://oilfreeotago.com/

    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

GreenDrinks Dunedin will begin again in 2014. At a new venue TBC – if you know of somewhere quietish, large enough for up to 35 seated, provide drinks and food, and of course free, then contact Maureen as below.

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 mhoward@slingshot.co.nz

    2.   Other dates

Friday 10, 11 to Sunday 12 January 2014.

Oil Free Otago are hosting Aotearoa New Zealand’s first OIL FREE FUTURE Summit in Dunedin, to coincide with Anadarko’s planned deep sea exploratory well off our coast. https://www.facebook.com/events/189951947859461/

“It will be a weekend of art, socialising, talking and action. Friday evening will include an art exhibition by local artists: “OIL ON CANVAS”. Saturday will be a day of talks from experts and those closest to the issue, nationally and internationally. The famous “MESS WITH TEXAS” gig will rock the town on Saturday night. Sunday will be a family day of action on our beautiful Otago harbour.

The summit is our contribution to the national campaign against deep sea drilling in NZ. If you can help, we would be stoked! Please email us with any offers of assistance, from funding to organising, or if you would like to get involved in planning, have some cool ideas or just want to find out more, we’d love to hear from you.”

Email oilfreefuturesummit@gmail.com.

REGISTER NOW! http://oilfreeotago.com/oil-free-future-summit-2014-registration/

Friday 10 Jan Opening 5 – 8 pm

Oil on Canvas Exhibition and Auction, Community Gallery

From Oil Free Otago: People of Otago organising to prevent deep-sea oil drilling off our coasts

The exhibition will run as a blind auction, with all pieces for sale. The auction will run from 5pm on the opening night, 10 January until the 12 January at the Community Gallery. (Saturday and Sunday 10 – 5pm.) A second auction of unsold works will run afterwards at Gallery on Blueskin, Waitati. (For further information see http://oilfreeotago.com/artist-registration-for-oil-on-canvas-exhibition-2014/)

16th February

Workshop on Biochar– Dennis Enright . Details TBC

19th February

26th March

23rd April

21st May: 5.30

Permaculture Dunedin meetings for 2014

THE APARTMENT upstairs from The Malcalm Trust,

174  Princes Street (enter from upper Dowling Street)

    3.   Petitions, consultations and submissions

The WISE response appeal to Parliament for a New Zealand risk assessment: economic, energy & climate, business continuity, ecological security, genuine wellbeing. Go to  http://wiseresponse.org.nz/.

Protest against Westpac financing the Denniston mine: e 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/

Help our Oz neighbours: http://www.getup.org.au/a-summer-of-climate-action

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. If 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 asbarratt@gmail.com

    4.   Food for thought and (good) fuel for action

·         A deeply felt and thought piece from Rosemary Penwarden about Christmas, consumerism and carbon: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/wanganui-chronicle/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503423&objectid=11180816

·         And while we’re on the ‘economy’: The Guardian  reports from former BP geologist who warns of grim future of ‘recession’ driven ‘resource wars’ at University College London lecture: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/earth-insight/2013/dec/23/british-petroleum-geologist-peak-oil-break-economy-recession

·         The Sixth National Communication on Climate Change and First Biennial Report can be found at

www.mfe.govt.nz/publications/climate/nz-sixth-national-communication/index.htm

Media statement from Minister Tim Groser on http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1312/S00287/minister-welcomes-6th-communication-on-climate-change.htm (13 Dec 2013)

·         WWF says NZ’s emissions climbing and govt is doing nothing: http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1312/S00232/govt-report-to-un-projects-massive-increase-in-nz-emissions.htm (17 Dec 2013)

·         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 Dunedin City Council Cycle Skills Training Programme.

We are looking for donations of second-hand bikes. If you have a used bike in good condition sitting gathering dust in your garage, put it to good use again by donating it to the community bike library scheme pilot project. The following types of bikes are being sought:

•        Children’s bikes which have gears (No bmx’s please).

•        Adult bikes which have gears. All sizes.

Please do not donate second hand helmets as due to safety requirements, we will not be able to use these for the pilot project.

We can arrange pick-up of the bikes within the Dunedin area. Please email Rose Dovey (Dunedin Bike Library Pilot Project Manager) on rose@motum.co.nz if you would like to donate a bike or if you have any questions.

See also: http://hikurangi.org.nz/ventures/transport/bikes-in-schools/

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Tēnā koutou katoa,

     

    Nicky Chapman (SDC’s newsletter compiler) newsletter@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

    Vivienne Bryner (SDC’s secretary) secretary@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

    Sustainable Dunedin City Inc. http://www.sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

     

    Please send all requests to go onto to mailing list to me, Nicky Chapman, at newsletter@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

    Please also let me know if you wish to come off this list.

Dear All

The news in the Philippines shows us just how terrible the effects of climate change already are – as did the Australian bushfires. Let’s make this month a time of deep thought, compassion, commitment and action.

Details of upcoming events, petitions and thought-provoking/useful links
Monday 11 November 2013

Please send all requests to go onto to mailing list to me, Nicky Chapman, at newsletter@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz
    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 28 November

Green Drinks METRO – Downstairs (on Lower Stuart St), Dunedin PLEASE NOTE NEW VENUE

GreenDrinks Dunedin meet on the LAST Thursday of each month. Everyone most welcome! This month is at the later time of 6.45 so that people can also go to Jim Salinger’s lecture at 5.30 (see below).

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 mhoward@slingshot.co.nz

    2.   Other dates

Every Thursday:

Otago Access Radio 105.4FM:

2.30- 3 pm

Eco Living in Action Dunedin’s Sustainable Living weekly radio show. Check out the latest podcasts on www.oar.org.nz

7 – 8pm

Sustainable Lens Radio, with Sam Mann, Anton Angelo and Shane Gallagher: http://sustainablelens.org/:

1st Sunday of month

Warrington Community Market is held in the grounds of Warrington School from 11am to 1pm. This friendly market features local arts, crafts, produce, pakoras and more! Free stalls are available, ph 027 214 8294 for more information.

JOIN OUR NOVEMBER 2013 Fuel Economy Challenge – Sustainable Action Communities

Our November Challenge is to reduce our vehicle fuel consumption! As well as taking up the challenge it would be great to hear from you on the SAC website as you share your tips and experiences on this topic. I hope you decide to join in on this challenge – its fun to do it as a group. Before you start the challenge I suggest that you get an idea of your typical fuel consumption over the next few weeks so that you have something to compare it with when you start the challenge in November. Please check it out on the SAC website at www.sustainableactioncommunities.wordpress

Tuesday 12 Nov

Registration closes for the Otago Energy Research Centre  (OERC) Symposium 2013

The OERC links a diverse spectrum of researchers who share a common goal of assisting the transformation of New Zealand’s energy system to one which is efficient, secure, sustainable, and carbon neutral. The Symposium is our main, unmissable event, free, on 20 November, showing Otago research in these areas. Go to http://www.otago.ac.nz/oerc/

Wednesday 13 Nov 7pm-9pm

Public meeting to launch Bus Go Dunedin – a local public transport support and lobby group

Public meeting to launch Bus Go Dunedin: Bus Users and Supporters Group Otepoti Dunedin seek founding members and elect officers to the organisation.

Former High Street School. High St, Dunedin

CONTACTS: Alex King <alex@king.net.nz>

WEBSITE: busgodunedin.wikia.com

To get to the meeting: take No 65 bus from University Cumberland St 6.23pm, Octagon 6.30pm. (best be at University Cumberland St a few minutes early; they zip through here very quickly – give a very clear signal to the driver).

Thursday 14 November 4-5pm

Sofie Welvaert “Conversations with a Southern Man – Finding a Story in the MacKenzie Basin.”

Seminar room, 530 Castle Street, University of Otago

Sofie will share her process as a novice filmmaker, screen her film “Green or gold, it’s not black and white,” about dairying in the MacKenzie Basin, and invite discussion on how and why the film was made and its merits as a means of communicating the complexities of an issue like this.

Sat 16 Nov 10.30 am to 1 pm

Shetland St Community Gardens native propagation workshop

24 Shetland St, next to Arai te Uru Marae

Tutor garden co-ordinator Hendrik Koch

Sunday 17 Nov

Oil Free Seas Flotilla leaves from Dunedin (Greenpeace)

http://www.oilfreeseasflotilla.org.nz/?utm_source=MailingList&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Flotilla+Send+off

Sunday 17 Nov 10 am to 4 pm

No Dig Permaculture Workshop

Bathgate Park School Community Garden, 213 Macandrew Road, South Dunedin.

During this workshop you will learn the basics of designing and implementing a No Dig Garden, by helping in designing and implementing this garden, and then using the techniques at home. Am & PM tea provided but bring own lunch. Cost Koha and time Bank. Info Info@growsouth.org or Geoff on 4550662. Get in quick!

Mon 18 November

Nominations for Otago marine protection forum close

http://beehive.govt.nz/release/forum-set-look-otago-marine-protection?utm_source=HEADS-UP+18-24++October+2013&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=SMC+Heads-Up

Dr Nick Smith is calling for “people on the 14-member forum with strong links to the southern marine region and who are able to negotiate, facilitate, compromise and work well with others. It’s important we get a wide representation of the various interested parties, as well as a good geographical spread.’

Nomination forms are available at www.doc.govt.nz  and www.mpi.govt.nz  and at DOC and MPI offices in Otago, Southland and Canterbury.

Monday 18 November 4-5 pm

Sophal Chhun – “Public willingness to pay for socio-ecological aspects of near-short marine areas in New Zealand.”

Centre for Sustainability, Seminar room, 530 Castle Street, University of Otago

Sophal will present estimates of public willingness to pay for four socio-ecological attributes of near-shore marine areas (biodiversity, Maori cultural practices and recreational and commercial fishing practices) from results of a choice survey completed in 2012 by 1055 New Zealand householders. Sophal has recently completed his PhD thesis examining this topic.

Wednesday 20 Nov

Otago Energy Research Centre  (OERC) Symposium 2013

Arana College, University of Otago

The OERC links a diverse spectrum of researchers who share a common goal of assisting the transformation of New Zealand’s energy system to one which is efficient, secure, sustainable, and carbon neutral. The Symposium is our main, unmissable event will showcase current and potential research being conducted in Otago in the areas of energy use, efficiency and climate change.  (register by 12 Nov)

Thursday, 21 November, 11:00am – 12:00pm

Story, Emotion and Science

Mark Parker Seminar Room, University College, 315 Leith Street, Dunedin

A keynote address to the 2013 Psycolloquy by Dr Paul Trotman, MBChB (Otago), FDRHMNZ, Doctor, Writer, and Filmmaker.

…how you can use the dark arts of commercial television to communicate your research to colleagues, funding agencies and the public.

Thursday 21 November 4-5 pm

Frances Fahy – “Communicating Sustainability Research – challenges, opportunities and dissemination strategies”

Centre for Sustainability, Seminar room, 530 Castle Street, University of Otago

Over the past two decades there has been increasing pressure on academics to demonstrate the value and impact of what they do. Frances will consider to what extent the desire to be policy relevant requires researchers to compromise in terms of their theoretical outlook, conceptual orientations, methodogical approaches employed and dissemination strategies.

Thursday 28 November 4-5 pm

Angga Dwiartama – Agri-food system resilience: what does it mean? Insights from two theories and two case studies”

Centre for Sustainability, Seminar room, 530 Castle Street, University of Otago

Angga will examine the notion of resilience within the context of agrifood studies by bringing two contrasting perspectives that have been a source of debates within resilience thinking using two case studies – Indonesia’s rice agricultural system and the New Zealand kiwifruit industry.

Sunday 1 Dec 10 am to 4 pm

Food Forest Workshop

Bathgate Park School Community Garden, 213 Macandrew Road, South Dunedin,

There are many key features of woodlands that can be applied to food forests. The workshop will cover inspiration (what is, the possibilities, examples), theory (how to achieve), and practical practice of design (both on paper and with stakes etc on the land), and discussion of the participants’ designs. With Jason Ross of Sutherland Nurseries. Koha and timebank. Further info on info@growsouth.org or Geoff on 455 0662

Fri 6 Dec

Dunedin Separated Cycle Lane Proposal submissions close. Go to

http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/council-online/currently-consulting-on/current-consultations/dunedin-separated-cycle-lane-proposal

Friday 10, 11 to Sunday 12 January 2014.

Oil Free Otago are hosting Aotearoa New Zealand’s first OIL FREE FUTURE Summit in Dunedin, to coincide with Anadarko’s planned deep sea exploratory well off our coast. https://www.facebook.com/events/189951947859461/

“It will be a weekend of art, socialising, talking and action. Friday evening will include an art exhibition by local artists: “OIL ON CANVAS”. Saturday will be a day of talks from experts and those closest to the issue, nationally and internationally. The famous “MESS WITH TEXAS” gig will rock the town on Saturday night. Sunday will be a family day of action on our beautiful Otago harbour.

The summit is our contribution to the national campaign against deep sea drilling in NZ. If you can help, we would be stoked! Please email us with any offers of assistance, from funding to organising, or if you would like to get involved in planning, have some cool ideas or just want to find out more, we’d love to hear from you.”

Email oilfreefuturesummit@gmail.com.

If you’re interested in creating an artwork for the exhibition, check here http://oilfreeotago.com/artist-registration-for-oil-on-canvas-exhibition-2014/

REGISTER NOW! http://oilfreeotago.com/oil-free-future-summit-2014-registration/

    3.   Petitions, consultations and submissions

The WISE response appeal to Parliament for a New Zealand risk assessment: economic, energy & climate, business continuity, ecological security, genuine wellbeing. Go to  http://wiseresponse.org.nz/.

RMA: our people, our place The Government is proposing some changes which will make planning simpler and more consistent across the country. But it is also pursuing proposals described as “radical” by the PCE and others – to rewrite the Act’s core principles, weaken environmental protection, and further limit people’s participation. Instead, the balance of power will shift towards Ministers, developers, and private land owners. Learn more on our website about Forest & Bird’s concerns, and what you can do to take action, before it’s too late.

Timeline for developing the DCC Energy Plan:

The timeline for this plan has been extended – go to http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/whats-on/energy-plan

DCC Second Generation District Plan some consultation is finished but work ongoing:

http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/your-council/district-plan/2gp

Protest against Westpac financing the Denniston mine: e 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/

Greenpeace Get Free campaign again deep sea drilling  Click here to Join The Movement!

Avaaz petition to ‘save the world in the next 30 months’ (until the 2015 UN Summit on Climate Change in Paris): https://secure.avaaz.org/en/30_months_loc_donate/?slideshow

Avaaz petition to ‘Stop the Great Barrier Reef Train Wreck’. Plans are underway to build a giant coal complex in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef. http://www.avaaz.org/en/stop_the_great_barrier_reef_train_wreck_b/?bbeEgbb&v=27126

350’s Go Fossil Free: http://gofossilfree.org

    4.   Food for thought and (good) fuel for action

·         Lack of Govt action on climate change puts NZ at risk WWF press release on http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1311/S00116/lack-of-govt-action-on-climate-change-puts-nz-at-risk.htm

·         Leaked IPCC report links climate change to global food scarcity according to The Guardian http://click.mail.theguardian.com/?qs=21e19e1ad440671512bd4eab6af59b42798a26119a263a120354b7640e1c77a3

·         Why ‘investing’ in destroying our future is bad economics:

o   http://treealerts.org/type/2013/10/investors-worth-3trillion-lay-down-low-carbon-challenge-to-fossil-fuel-firms/

o   http://www.carbontracker.org/wastedcapital#

o   http://carbontracker.live.kiln.it/Unburnable-Carbon-2-Web-Version.pdf

·         Westpac’s response to the campaign to remove their financial support from Bathurst Resources Ltd, was to say that they are committed to a lower carbon economy but that ‘this requires a balanced approach’ (ie financing a new open cast coal mine which will hugely increase NZ’s carbon emissions.

·         Note: CANA and 350 Aotearoa are running a joint campaign to persuade Westpac to call in their loan to Bathurst Resources, and withdraw other financial support they provide Bathurst Resources, who are trying to set up a major new coal mine on the Denniston Plateau. Part of this campaign – which has already caught Westpac’s attention at senior levels – is a sign-on letter:westpacdumpcoal.org.nz. If you have not already done so, please sign on to the letter and share it with friends and networks – via the social media sharing buttons on that page, or by forwarding this email. We’re not far from the 1000-signature mark, and it would be great to get there soon!

·         Pure Advantage today announced that the first two of its seven green growth work streams are now underway, backed by major financial institution Kiwibank and Z Energy, New Zealand’s largest retail fuel supplier.

·         Unpackit best and worst awards 2013: http://www.unpackit.org.nz/

·         Warm Dunedin programme is again available at www.dunedin.govt.nz/warmdunedin or phone 477 4000

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Tēnā koutou katoa,

Nicky Chapman (SDC’s newsletter compiler) newsletter@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

Vivienne Bryner (SDC’s secretary) secretary@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

Kia ora all
So many more important things on we really needed to do a new newsletter – new events as highlighted below. I’ll hope you accept my apologies for filling your inbox because of the interest of the content!

Details of upcoming events, petitions and thought-provoking/useful links
Friday 25 October 2013

Please send all requests to go onto to mailing list to me, Nicky Chapman, at newsletter@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

    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 31 October 6.45 pm Please note new time for this month only

Green Drinks METRO – Downstairs (on Lower Stuart St), Dunedin PLEASE NOTE NEW VENUE

GreenDrinks Dunedin meet on the LAST Thursday of each month. Everyone most welcome! This month is at the later time of 6.45 so that people can also go to Jim Salinger’s lecture at 5.30 (see below).

Deep Sea Oil Drilling in Dunedin – Concerns – and Positive Alternatives!  By Rosemary Penwarden (Oil Free Otago) followed by Neville Auton (Energy Advisor and Consultant). At GreenDrinks Dunedin this month we will hear from Rosemary Penwarden, spokesperson for Oil Free Otago, who will provide us with an concise overview of some of the implications of the proposed drilling off Dunedin. Her talk will be followed by a short presentation by Neville Auton who is currently an Energy Consultant here in Dunedin (highly respected for his previous innovative work as Energy Manager for the Dunedin City Council). Neville will outline some of the positive directions that Dunedin can take as a forward thinking city in terms of Energy resilience from renewables, providing local economic benefits and work creation. There will be lots of opportunity for discussion.

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 mhoward@slingshot.co.nz

    2.   Other dates

Every Thursday:

Otago Access Radio 105.4FM:

2.30- 3 pm

Eco Living in Action Dunedin’s Sustainable Living weekly radio show. Check out the latest podcasts on www.oar.org.nz

7 – 8pm

Sustainable Lens Radio, with Sam Mann, Anton Angelo and Shane Gallagher: http://sustainablelens.org/:

1st Sunday of month

Warrington Community Market is held in the grounds of Warrington School from 11am to 1pm. This friendly market features local arts, crafts, produce, pakoras and more! Free stalls are available, ph 027 214 8294 for more information.

25 – 27 October

ScienceTeller Festival 2013

Regent Theatre and the Otago Museum

ScienceTeller is now a regular event on the Dunedin calendar (the inaugural and very successful event was held in November 2011). It is run from the University of Otago’s Centre for Science Communication on a biennial basis (in alternate years to the NZ International Science Festival).

The heart of ScienceTeller 2013 revolves around performances and talks about science filmmaking, science writing, science displays and other ways of telling stories about science.

Registration for the whole festival is $150 per delegate ($115 for students or Otago Alumni)

Subject to availability, some events will be open to the public; for the rest, you need to register!

www.ScienceTeller.com

Sunday 27th Oct. 9.30 ish onwards

Living Legends Working Bee – Orokonui Estuary, Waitati – Sunday 27 October

Last Sunday of every month there is a working bee at the Living Legends planting site at the Orokonui Scenic Reserve. It’s a casual affair – we turn up at 9.30 ish for a few hours weeding and a catch up. Why not join in? We could always do with an extra pair of hands.

Contact: Lucy Hardy at DOC, 03 474 7094 or lhardy@doc.govt.nz

Tuesday, 29 October, 10:00am – 3:30pm

Sustainable Oils for Health and Energy

Hutton Lecture Theatre

Jointly organised by the Malaysian Palm Oil Council, the Otago/Southland branch of the New Zealand Institute of Food Science and Technology and Department of Food Science, University of Otago…

Wednesday 30 October 2013

600pm – 8.30pm

Slimming our Waste and screening of Trashed documentary

Otaru Room, Civic Centre

This one hour presentation will look at the impacts of waste and landfills in NZ, where our recycling goes, the difference between all those plastic recycling numbers, how plastics are made, alternatives to landfill, and options for minimising our waste.

The documentary Trashed will screen afterwards. (98 minutes duration) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UM73CEvwMY

Facilitated by: Catherine Irvine-Waste Strategy Officer, Dunedin City Council and Rachael Goddard-Environmental & Sustainability Manager, Waikato University.

Biography

Rachael Goddard has a Masters in Science, post graduate diploma in Environmental Science, and a Bachelor in Environmental Science and Technology.

Before joining Waikato University as the Environmental and Sustainability Manager, she ran her own environmental consultancy for ten years, during which she managed a broad range of environmental projects, lead environmental initiatives, developed educational resources, wrote children’s science books, delivered workshops, and guided and audited businesses and schools to be more sustainable.

RSVP: Cath Irvine to confirm your place by 5.00pm Friday 25 October via cirvine@dcc.govt.nz

Thursday 31st October 5:30pm

Lecture from NZ Climate Scientists Dr. Jim Salinger

College of Education auditorium, University of Otago

Dr Jim Salinger’s new book, ‘Living in a warmer world’, brings together some of the world’s leading scientists to find out how a changing climate will affect the world. This lecture will highlight significantly new information on how a hotter planet is affecting our food supplies, fisheries and agriculture, access to fresh water and public health. From these specifics, a clearer picture emerges of how our planet is changing and how this will affect our lives. Jim will discuss what we are doing now to help plan for – and adapt to – our future, including examining the political and ethical issues around making changes on both national and global scales.

JOIN OUR NOVEMBER 2013 Fuel Economy Challenge

Our November Challenge is to reduce our vehicle fuel consumption! As well as taking up the challenge it would be great to hear from you on the SAC website as you share your tips and experiences on this topic. I hope you decide to join in on this challenge – its fun to do it as a group. Before you start the challenge I suggest that you get an idea of your typical fuel consumption over the next few weeks so that you have something to compare it with when you start the challenge in November. Please check it out on the SAC website at www.sustainableactioncommunities.wordpress

Friday 1 November

Submissions close for Council consultation on oil and gas exploration (the Government’s 2014 Block offer)

The Petroleum Block Offer is the way the Government enables petroleum companies to bid for exploration rights to New Zealand’s oil and gas resources. This is the second year of the Block Offer process, which is run by New Zealand Petroleum and Minerals (NZP&M), a department within the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

The Dunedin City Council is seeking community input as it prepares a response to the 2014 Petroleum Block Offer. The Government has brought forward its consultation, which now closes on 14 November.

The decision by NZP&M to run its consultation on the Block Offer over the local body elections period was unexpected and Dunedin, along with several other local authorities, has pointed out this makes it difficult for councils to make a democratic submission on an issue of significance.

Mayor of Dunedin Dave Cull says the DCC is aware this is a topic that has generated significant community discussion. There a wide range of views, from how many jobs might be created to the impact of fossil fuels on climate change.

“We are keen to hear from our community and invite residents to tell us what they think.”

The DCC made a submission last year and intends to use this as the starting point for this year’s submission. Community views will be considered and all submissions received will be attached as an appendix to the formal DCC submission to NZP&M.

More details at http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/council-online/submitting-on/petroleum-block-offer. Submissions can be emailed to policy@dcc.govt.nz (please put Block Offer in the subject line), posted to PO Box 5045, Moray Place, Dunedin 9058, or dropped off at the Civic Centre.

Friday 1st November 10.00-11.30am

Making Sustainability Successful- Tools To Implementing Environmental Sustainability

This session will include a presentation and open floor discussion on how businesses are implementing sustainability, barriers and tools to achieving it.

We will illustrate what two NZ universities are doing in terms of greening up campus, engaging the community and finding solutions to environmental issues. Reduction of waste, worm farms, community plantings, communication, branding, and other tools for making sustainability successful, will be explored. We will also discuss how these tools are transferable across other organisations.

Facilitated by: Catherine Irvine- Waste Strategy Officer, Dunedin City Council, Hilary Phipps- Sustainability Coordinator, Otago University and Rachael Goddard- Environmental & Sustainability Manager, Waikato University.

G106, Ground Floor, G Block Archway, Union St East, Otago Polytechnic

Fri 1 Nov, 6.30pm

Avoiding Global Collapse: lecture by Paul Ehrlich Professor of Population Studies in the department of Biological Sciences at Stanford University and president of Stanford’s Center for Conservation Biology

How a combination of cultural and genetic evolution has taken us to the brink. Can we evolve our way out of it?

Renowned ecologist Paul Ehrlich is Bing Professor of Population Studies at Stanford University and president of Stanford’s Centre for Conservation Biology. Professor Ehrlich will discuss the ongoing legacy of Allan Wilson in establishing humanity’s place in the natural world, and in the growing importance of understanding cultural evolution in influencing how Homo sapiens are changing that world and its own life-support systems. He will explain how the two kinds of evolution have interacted to create the human predicament – the imminent threat of a collapse of civilization. He will then discuss the evolutionary steps necessary to avoid that dénouement.

St David’s Lecture Theatre

Lecture free but registration required: https://eiconferences.massey.ac.nz/ei/getdemo.ei?id=107&s=_4FG0Z8IT

Mon  4  Nov      5.30-6.30pm

Fairtrade welcome to banana growers

University of Otago, 364 Leith Walk

Join the University of Otago in welcoming Wilson Sanchez & his daughter Kelly to Dunedin as we celebrate becoming the 1st Fair Trade University in New Zealand. We’ll show you how consumers buying All Good Fairtrade Certified Bananas, have helped to change the lives of Wilson & Kelly and growers in the El Guabo Association of Small Banana Producers Cooperative in Ecuador.

RSVP to: ps.sustainability@otago.ac.nz

Wednesday 6 November 1pm – 5pm

Education for Sustainability in the Senior Secondary Curriculum and NCEA Workshop

Toitū Otago Settlers Museum

Bridget Glasgow, an Enviroschools Facilitator and Secondary schools Advisor with Auckland Council, will explore EfS in senior secondary schools using the EfS achievement standards to support student action. She will also share different course outlines and assessment resources to critique and inspire planning in schools. Contact Jennie Upton – jupton@dcc.govt.nz.

6 November, 6-8pm

Let’s Talk Divestment! Public Forum, Wellington

Lecture Theatre 2, Rutherford House, 23 Lambton Quay, Wellington

What is divestment? What will it contribute to the movement for a healthy climate and sustainable future? What are the alternatives and how can we demand divestment of institutions?

Speakers:

Dr Russel Norman- Co-Leader of the Green Party of Aotearoa

Rod Oram (video-link)- Business Journalist and Commentator

Ashlee Gross- 350 Aotearoa National Coordinator

Saturday 9 November 8am – 12.30pm

Enviroschools Otago Farmers Market Stall –

Come and promote your school’s Enviroschools actions – sell products, showcase ideas, actions and practices. This time get baking with Fair Trade ingredients and sell your baking at the market.

Wednesday 13 Nov 7pm-9pm

Public meeting to launch Bus Go Dunedin – a local public transport support and lobby group

Public meeting to launch Bus Go Dunedin: Bus Users and Supporters Group Otepoti Dunedin seek founding members and elect officers to the organisation.

Former High Street School. High St, Dunedin

CONTACTS: Alex King <alex@king.net.nz>

WEBSITE: busgodunedin.wikia.com

18 November

Nominations for Otago marine protection forum close

http://beehive.govt.nz/release/forum-set-look-otago-marine-protection?utm_source=HEADS-UP+18-24++October+2013&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=SMC+Heads-Up

Dr Nick Smith is calling for “people on the 14-member forum with strong links to the southern marine region and who are able to negotiate, facilitate, compromise and work well with others. It’s important we get a wide representation of the various interested parties, as well as a good geographical spread.’

Nomination forms are available at www.doc.govt.nz  and www.mpi.govt.nz  and at DOC and MPI offices in Otago, Southland and Canterbury.

10, 11 and 12 January 2014.

Oil Free Otago are hosting Aotearoa New Zealand’s first OIL FREE FUTURE Summit in Dunedin, to coincide with Anadarko’s planned deep sea exploratory well off our coast. https://www.facebook.com/events/189951947859461/

    3.   Petitions, consultations and submissions

The Dunedin City Council is currently consulting the public on oil and gas exploration (the Government’s 2014 Block offer), with the submission period closing on November 1st. More details at http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/council-online/submitting-on/petroleum-block-offer. Submissions can also be emailed to policy@dcc.govt.nz (please put Block Offer in the subject line), posted to PO Box 5045, Moray Place, Dunedin 9058, or dropped off at the Civic Centre.

The WISE response appeal to Parliament for a New Zealand risk assessment: economic, energy & climate, business continuity, ecological security, genuine wellbeing. Go to  http://wiseresponse.org.nz/.

RMA: our people, our place The Government is proposing some changes which will make planning simpler and more consistent across the country. But it is also pursuing proposals described as “radical” by the PCE and others – to rewrite the Act’s core principles, weaken environmental protection, and further limit people’s participation. Instead, the balance of power will shift towards Ministers, developers, and private land owners. Learn more on our website about Forest & Bird’s concerns, and what you can do to take action, before it’s too late.

Timeline for developing the DCC Energy Plan:

The timeline for this plan has been extended – go to http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/whats-on/energy-plan

DCC Second Generation District Plan some consultation is finished but work ongoing:

http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/your-council/district-plan/2gp

Protest against Westpac financing the Denniston mine: e 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/

Greenpeace Get Free campaign again deep sea drilling  Click here to Join The Movement!

Avaaz petition to ‘save the world in the next 30 months’ (until the 2015 UN Summit on Climate Change in Paris): https://secure.avaaz.org/en/30_months_loc_donate/?slideshow

Avaaz petition to ‘Stop the Great Barrier Reef Train Wreck’. Plans are underway to build a giant coal complex in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef. http://www.avaaz.org/en/stop_the_great_barrier_reef_train_wreck_b/?bbeEgbb&v=27126

350’s Go Fossil Free: http://gofossilfree.org

    4.   Food for thought and (good) fuel for action

·         Denniston Plateau decision – we can still call on our banks, superannuation funds and governments to stop ‘investing’ in the destruction of our children’s future. (again, see http://act.350.org/letter/Westpac)

·         Ozzie bushfires and climate change: http://paulgilding.com/cockatoo-chronicles/lets-talk-about-bushfires-climate-change-and-coal.html

·         Greenpeace’s oil spill scenario: Science Media Centre’s reporting: http://www.sciencemediacentre.co.nz/category/in-the-news/

·         Lecture by the OECD Secretary-General, Mr. Angel Gurría, London, 9 October 2013 on ‘The climate challenge: Achieving zero emissions’:

http://www.oecd.org/about/secretary-general/the-climate-challenge-achieving-zero-emissions.htm

·         nef (the new economics foundation) is the UK’s leading think tank promoting social, economic and environmental justice. Our purpose is to bring about a Great Transition – to transform the economy so that it works for people and the planet: http://www.neweconomics.org

·         NZ Greens predict massive increase in New Zealand’s projected emissions: http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1310/S00326/massive-increase-in-new-zealands-projected-emission.htm

·         Solid Energy’s lignite briquettes project in Mataura far from finished with – may simply be sold to overseas interests, according to Ross Louthean of NZ Resources website 21 October: http://nzresources.com/sections.aspx?id=13

·         Los Angeles Times takes a stand against climate misinformation on its letters page: http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2013/10/newspapers-climate-denial-letters-times

·         Rod Oram’s excellent article in the Sunday Star-Times 19 Oct: on five good reasons why Bathurst Resources should not mine the Denniston Plateau for coal: http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/9302439/Digging-deeper-on-coal He refers to the the joint CANA/350 Aotearoa campaign, launched this week, to pressure 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/

·         Pete Hodgson on climate change and democracy: http://www.brct.org.nz/cuppa-tea/

·         BRCT are are seeking a motivated individual to investigate the establishment and compliance issues associated with a Savings Pool for Blueskin. Such a pool will be autonomous (i.e. stand alone and not dependent on any community organisation) and they function as simple ways for individuals to band together to pool funds to make things happen in their community. email waitatienergy@gmail.com if you are interested or want to know more.

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Tēnā koutou katoa,

Nicky Chapman (SDC’s newsletter compiler) newsletter@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

Vivienne Bryner (SDC’s secretary) secretary@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

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