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: Localized ecological systems are known to shift abruptly and irreversibly from one state to another when they are forced across critical thresholds. Here we review evidence that the global ecosystem as a whole can react in the same way and is approaching a planetary-scale critical transition as a result of human influence. http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v486/n7401/full/nature11018.html

    • In commenting on this article, Dugald McTavish writes that facing the truth ‘is not to abandon truth but to affirm life. …By avoiding the stark reality of our moment in history we don’t make ourselves safe, we undermine the potential of struggles for justice and sustainability.’ He quotes James Baldwin’s 1962 essay: ‘Not everything that is faced can be changed; but nothing can be changed until it is faced.’

Become more climate literate: free online 10 week course from Courser the University of British Columbia

‘Climate Literacy tackles the scientific and socio-political dimensions of climate change. This course introduces the basics of the climate system, models and predictions, human and natural impacts, mitigative and adaptive responses, and the evolution of climate policy.’

Go to: https://www.coursera.org/course/climateliteracy?utm_source=welcomeletter&utm_medium=email

  • ‘Earth, people and poetry are one and the same entity tied together by mysterious, subterranean passages. When the earth blooms the people breathe freedom, the poets sing and show the way.’ Pablo Neruda (1904 – 1973). (Thanks for this quote from the Enviroschools Newsletter for term 1)

‘Kiribati enters the end game against climate change – in pictures’ From The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/gallery/2013/apr/16/kiribati-end-game-climate-change-in-pictures?CMP=EMCENVEML1631

Craft Aotearoa is a new national organisation that aims to create and
promote opportunities for the New Zealand public to have increased access to
craft research, exhibitions, events, and education and  training
opportunities across a broad range of craft disciplines. We do this to
ensure the public can readily engage in craft, to foster the retention and
development of skills, and ensure knowledge and learning is transferred.
Find the latest national craft news, events and training opportunities at
www.facebook.com/CraftAotearoa and further information about the research
project at http://craftaotearoa.blogspot.com

… ‘Despite the criticisms of the Earth summit in Brazil – many echoing the 1992 meeting – much that was positive emerged … for example

rio

Rio+20 was an extraordinary trade fair of political, social, technological and commercial ideas. There were more than 3,000 fringe events. A new generation of business and political leaders has started to connect company success with social and environmental issues that were previously the concern only of NGOs. South-based social and justice movements that barely existed 20 years ago raised the temperature, and technological innovators, social media and traditional NGOs all found their voice.

Two eye-catching global bottom-up initiatives emerged, both of which are sure to grow into great global causes over the next 20 years. The first is the push, led by Greenpeace, to protect the Arctic, and the other is to eliminate fossil fuel subsidies.

(http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/poverty-matters/2012/jun/27/rio20-reasons-cheerful?CMP=EMCGBLEML1625)


We look forward to hearing more from Jinty MacTavish on what she found and learned in Rio.

keep our assets

DUNEDIN 16 JUNE

March To Save Our Assets – Dental School to the Octagon

Meet at 10:45am at the Dental School on Great king Street

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