Dear Members,

I’m not sure whether it is the short days or the need for inspiration in this less-than-inspiring weather, but here is a whole host of readings and events for you.

Thanks to all members who managed to pass their annual plan ideas on to us or supplied their own submissions.

http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/159203/submitters-slam-dunedin-bus-system

Thanks to members and friends for sending in clippings and event news, it is very welcome.

Read on!

1. Upcoming Sustainability Events and Courses

i) THIS THURSDAY, May 12, 10am – 3pm – What makes a good city?

ii) THIS Saturday May 14, 10am – 12noon – Fruit tree and vegetable gardening workshop at the new NEV Community Garden (the upper field above NEVN School).

iii) THIS Saturday May 14 – World Fair Trade Day

iv) Wednesday May 18, 5.30 – 7pm – Dr James Hansen Public Lecture, Human-made climate change: a scientific, moral and legal issue, St David’s Lecture Theatre

v) Monday May 23, 6 – 8pm – Dark Ecologies, Dunedin Public Art Gallery Auditorium

vi) Friday May 27 – 12 noon – Climate Change: Is it too hard for democracy?, Professor Jonathan Boston

vii) Friday June 3, 12 – 1pm – Hort Talk – Biodiversity in Your Back Yard – plants, birds and insects

viii) June 9 – Peak Oil and the economy of North East Valley, Public Meeting

ix) Thursday June 16, 8.30am – 7pm – Winter Lights 2011 – A NERI Thought Leadership Forum, Otago Museum

x) September 24 – A Moving Planet

2. Dunedin Sustainability in Action!

Well not quite Dunedin – but what a great looking Wanaka / Queenstown Friday lunchtime programme from Otago Polytechnic’s Centre for Sustainable Practice

3. Food for Thought

– Congratulations to the Orokonui Ecosanctuary and Architectural Ecology Ltd for winning at the 2011 New Zealand Architecture Awards.

– Celsias.co.nz

– Ecological Footprint of Kiwi Lifestyles Under the Microscope

– Rebuild Christchurch Up To Tree-height, Says Top Architect

– Petrol pain to get so bad you’ll be forced to change your ways

– Govt confirms New Zealanders will pay for oil spill

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1. Upcoming Sustainability Events and Courses

We’d love to advertise your sustainability-related event or course – please send contributions in to dk.sk@xtra.co.nz.

i) THIS THURSDAY, May 12, 10am – 3pm – What makes a good city? Salvation Army Church

160 Crawford Street / 575 Princes Street

We speak, not only to tell other people what we think, but to tell ourselves what we think.

John Hughlings Jackson, 1932

As citizens, you have a voice in defining what makes your city, but often it seems impossible to be heard. This is an invitation to you, as a Dunedin citizen, to join a new kind of conversation; one that is open to all, to develop our citizen’s voice, and increase our skills in asking the questions that we need to ask others and ourselves. Questions like: What is a good city and is Dunedin such a place? Do I feel I belong here? What do I value in the city? What do others value? What might be missing?

“Open Space”

To foster this conversation, we are using ‘open space technology’. This is where you decide what is discussed and have the opportunity to do so with others who share your particular passion and concerns. We will endeavour to allow everyone a chance to be heard. There will be no lectures, panel discussions or politician’s rhetoric. Whether you have a loud voice or a quiet voice or whether what you have is positive or critical, everyone will have the opportunity to be recognised. This will be a chance to meet other people in a collaborative spirit to determine what we need to ask ourselves and what we ask of others to define what is important in Dunedin.

Lunch, Morning and Afternoon Tea provided. Please call Chris Watkins on 03 477 9852 for RSVP or further information

on behalf of

Dunedin Salvation Army Centre

National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Otago

Centre for Theology and Public Issues at the University of Otago

Public Health Association, Otago/Southland Branch

ii) THIS Saturday May 14, 10am – 12noon – Fruit tree and vegetable gardening workshop at the new NEV Community Garden (the upper field above NEVN School).

Wear your gumboots and bring along your gardening gloves!

Help (or learn how to) choose good sites for planting fruit trees and currant or berry bushes. We will prepare the holes, ready for planting in a couple of months time. We will also be preparing a vegetable garden from scratch and putting in some winter vegetables. Come and see how it’s done, or to lend a hand. Want to learn how to improve soil that is less than ideal for vegetable growing? The community garden site has acidic soil and poor drainage and we will be taking steps to address this.

These are collaborative workshops brought about by Transition Valley 473, NEV Community Garden, Healthy Eating Healthy Action Funding and the NEV Community Project.

iii) THIS Saturday May 14 – World Fair Trade Day

Festivals of colour and taste will add a splash of Asia, Africa and around the world to New Zealand homes and pantries this year, as Trade Aid sends out a public invitation to “fair trade your world” to mark this year’s World Fair Trade Day.

Here are some actions – small and large – that you can take to show your support for Trade Aid’s work – fair trade your world – http://www.tradeaid.org.nz/index.php/page/getinvolved/title/Get+Involved

iv) Wednesday May 18, 5.30 – 7pm – Dr James Hansen Public Lecture, Human-made climate change: a scientific, moral and legal issue, St David’s Lecture Theatre

Dr Hansen is perhaps best known for bringing global warming to the world’s attention in the 1980s, when he first testified before Congress. A member of the National Academy of Sciences, an adjunct professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University and at Columbia’s Earth Institute, and director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, he is frequently called to testify before Congress on climate issues. Dr. Hansen’s background in both space and earth sciences allows a broad perspective on the status and prospects of our home planet.

Here is the tour announcement from Jeanette Fitzsimons:

“World famous climate scientist Dr James Hansen arrives soon for a speaking tour in NZ, brought by a coalition of environmental and social justice organisations, academics and progressive business. If you’ve been puzzled about the controversies about climate change, this is your chance to get it straight. If you are already convinced and want to know what must be done, Be there.”

http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#!/pages/James-Hansen-NZ-Tour-May-2011/176696445713765

v) Monday May 23, 6 – 8pm – Dark Ecologies, Dunedin Public Art Gallery Auditorium

Douglas Kahn, Professor of Media and Innovation at the National Institute of Experimental Arts (NIEA), University of New South Wales, and Timothy Morton, Professor of English (Literature and the Environment) at UC Davis, will be in Dunedin as part of the Dialogues with Tomorrow series.

How do we sense and make sense of immense phenomena, such as climate change, or radiation, which are real, but real in ways which most of us do not directly experience? As ecotheorist Timothy Morton puts it, “It is very hard to get used to the idea that the catastrophe, far from being imminent, has already taken place”.

vi) Friday May 27 – 12 noon – Climate Change: Is it too hard for democracy?, Professor Jonathan Boston

At the end of May the Centre for Theology and  Public Issues  and the Department of Politics will be hosting Professor Jonathan Boston, Professor of Public Policy at Victoria University Wellington and, from 2004-2010, Director of the Institute of Policy Studies in the School of Government at that University.

The exact time and venue are to be confirmed, but do note these in your diary now if you intend to come.

vii) Friday June 3, 12 – 1pm, Hort Talk – Biodiversity in Your Back Yard – plants, birds and insects, Botanic Garden Centre, Upper Lovelock Avenue, Dunedin, presented by Yolanda van Heezik, Senior Lecturer, University of Otago.

University of Otago’s recent Dunedin Garden Study discovered interesting and even surprising facts about the wildlife that lives in or visits our home gardens.

http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/events/garden-and-environment/botanic-garden/horttalk2

viii) June 9 – Peak Oil and the economy of North East Valley, Public Meeting

TV473 is hosting a meeting in June focusing on the implications of Peak Oil and Climate Change on our local economy.  How will we fare when Peak Oil begins to bite, how will the products we buy change, and how can we prepare ourselves?  The meeting will feature film segments, short talks and community discussion.  This meeting will be the birth of the new TV473 Economy and currency group.  Mark the date in your calendar, venue tba, check back soon.

ix) Thursday June 16, 8.30am – 7pm – Winter Lights 2011 – A NERI Thought Leadership Forum, Otago Museum

Winter Lights 2011 will consider New Zealand’s longer-term energy future with an emphasis on the role of fossil fuels in transitioning the country to a more sustainable, low carbon economy. This is the first in a series of Thought Leadership Forums being planned and run by the National Energy Research Institute (NERI).

We will hear from New Zealanders leading the broader energy sector and discuss both the opportunities and the trade-offs involved in moving to an energy future with less dependence on traditional fuels.

Find more at http://www.neri.org.nz/news-and-events/events/winter-lights-2011-neri-thought-leadership-forum/

x) September 24 – A Moving Planet

Moving Planet is a worldwide rally to demand solutions to the climate crisis—a single day to move away from fossil fuels. For too long, our leaders have denied and delayed, compromised and caved. That era must come to an end: it’s time to get moving on the climate crisis.

Come on bike, on skates, on a board, or just on foot. Come with your neighbors and your friends, your family and your co-workers. Come be part of something huge – http://www.moving-planet.org/

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2. Dunedin Sustainability in Action!

This section is about some of the inspirational things happening in our community, as well as ‘sustainability’ volunteer opportunities in and around Dunedin.  If you’ve got a project you need more hands for (or even a project that needs hands to get started!), or a group you think our members may like to join, send me a paragraph…and don’t forget your contact details.  And if you’re doing something inspirational, or know of someone that is, let me know (dk.sk@xtra.co.nz).

Well not quite Dunedin – but what a great looking Wanaka / Queenstown Friday lunchtime programme from Otago Polytechnic’s Centre for Sustainable Practice

http://www.otagopolytechnic.ac.nz/schools-departments/centre-for-sustainable-practice/events.html

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3. Food for Thought

Do you know of an amazing podcast everyone should listen to?  An article or a blog or a site that would be of interest to all SDC members?  Send me a short explanation and the link (dk.sk@xtra.co.nz), and we’ll add it in here.  Links preferable to attachments, because they tend to fill up everyone’s inboxes.

– Congratulations to the Orokonui Ecosanctuary and Architectural Ecology Ltd for winning at the 2011 New Zealand Architecture Awards.

The judges said, “The function of the facility is celebrated by the architecture, which provides a commanding space overlooking the protected regenerating flora and oriented towards significant landforms.”

– Celsias.co.nz

It’s nothing you don’t already know, but here’s a cool little animation that seeks to explain exactly what sustainability is all about. The video was produced by Igloo Animations.

See it at – http://www.celsias.co.nz/article/sustainability-its-a/

– From scoop.co.nz and featuring SDC former member, Ella Lawton – Ecological Footprint of Kiwi Lifestyles Under the Microscope

An in-depth research project is set to consider how kiwis live in terms of the consumption of the world’s key resources and how communities can become more resilient by reducing their dependence on these resources as costs rise over the next 20 – 30 years.

The New Zealand Footprint Project is taking place in two South Island and three North Island communities and is led by the University of Victoria, Wellington in partnership with the Auckland Council and the Otago Polytechnic Centre for Sustainable Practice

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK1105/S00051/ecological-footprint-of-kiwi-lifestyles-under-the-microscope.htm

– From voxy.xo.nz – Rebuild Christchurch Up To Tree-height, Says Top Architect

http://www.voxy.co.nz/national/rebuild-tree-height-no-more-four-storeys-says-leading-nz-landscape-architect/5/88579

– Petrol pain to get so bad you’ll be forced to change your ways

‎UBS New Zealand senior economist Robin Clements said the cause of the rising prices was straightforward – demand had outstripped supply.

– Govt confirms New Zealanders will pay for oil spill

Anadarko, in their annual report, state that the lack of infrastructure in deep water means that they may not be able to quickly or effectively execute any contingency plans related to future events similar to the Gulf oil spill. (Anadarko is the operator who is planning a test well off the coast of Dunedin this coming summer.)

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Tēnā koutou katoa,

Suze Keith (SDC’s newsletter compiler)

dk.sk@xtra.co.nz

Janet Brady (SDC’s secretary)

secretary@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

Sustainable Dunedin City Inc.