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Browsing Posts published in June, 2011

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We are proud to present to you our Annual Report for 2010/11. While it is a large job putting it together, it is always really satisfying to see how much has been achieved in the past year.

We look forward to formally presenting it to you at the Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, July 13, 6.30 – 9pm at the Community Church, corner of Filleul and St Andrew’s Streets.

Please come – we enjoy meeting with our members, to learn more about you and how we can work together to make Dunedin a wonderful, resilient city to live in.

You will be able to renew or begin your membership with SDC at the AGM, but if you are unable to make it, please arm yourself with $10 and go to:

http://www.sustainabledunedincity.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/sdc_membership_form.pdf

We’re also on the hunt for nominations for the committee. Nominations signed by nominator and seconder for two chairpersons, secretary, treasurer and committee members should be sent to the secretary, Janet Brady, P.O. Box 8061, NEV Post Office, by 5pm, 8 July 2011.

In particular we are looking for an enthusiastic Treasurer as this role is being vacated. It is a well developed role and the current treasurer will provide training! Please let our secretary Janet, know, if you are keen, on secretary@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

Nominations to date:

nomintations_for_committee_2011

Read on!

1. Upcoming SDC Events and Projects

– Thursday June 30 at 5.30pm – GreenDrinks Dunedin in the Back Room of Filadelfios at the Gardens

– Wednesday, July 13, 6.30 – 9pm – Sustainable Dunedin City Inc. Annual General Meeting, Community Church, corner of Filleul and St Andrew’s Streets

2. Upcoming Sustainability Events and Courses

i)  THIS FRIDAY July 1, 12 – 1pm – HortTalk – Organic Roots, the development of organic gardening in NZ

ii) Saturday July 9, 1 – 4pm – Young Fruit Tree Pruning and Planting Workshop

iii) Tuesday, July 12, 7.30 – 9.30pm – Sea Level Rise – Implications for Dunedin

iv) Early bird opportunity expires soon for the big climate change conference of 2011

v) SUSTAINABLE LIVING CLASSES COMING UP – ENROL NOW for a course beginning in August

3. Dunedin Sustainability in Action!

– Recyclia (Trash to art competition)

4. Food for Thought

– Why was the (UK) Labour government telling two different stories about peak oil?

– Further investigation into climate change and infectious diseases needed, according to University of Otago researcher

– The end of consumerism?

– From Coal Action Network Aotearoa
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1. Upcoming SDC Events and Projects

SDC is driven by member ideas and volunteer man-power, so if you have an idea for an event or project you’d like SDC to run, or you’d like to run under the SDC umbrella, please let us know – secretary@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz. This section also signposts who to contact if you’re keen to help out with a particular event/project.

i) Thursday June 30 at 5.30pm – GreenDrinks Dunedin in the Back Room of Filadelfios at the Gardens
Greendrinks Dunedin provides an opportunity for everyone interested in sustainability and the environment to meet in a relaxed setting. It is organised in Dunedin by the Sustainable Dunedin City Society and is part of GreenDrinks International, a social networking movement.
We meet on the last Thursday of each month at 5.30pm at Filadelfios. Each month a different community group hosts a theme. Everyone interested very welcome. Please bring a friend!
THEME THIS MONTH:  Solar Action Network – Update by Bob Lloyd
Our guest group this month is Solar Action Network. Professor Bob Lloyd, Director of the Energy Studies Programme at the University of Otago, will provide us with an update on Solar Action’s activities and answer your questions about renewable energy in New Zealand.
To find out more about Solar Action Network, or get involved, go to www.solaraction.org.nz
About GreenDrinks
GreenDrinks is an international movement to support informal networking among people who work in the environmental field. To find out more about GreenDrinks International go to www.greendrinks.org.

ii) Wednesday, July 13, 6.30 – 9pm – Sustainable Dunedin City Inc. Annual General Meeting, Community Church, corner of Filleul and St Andrew’s Streets

Please come – we enjoy meeting with our members, to learn more about you and how we can work together to make Dunedin a wonderful, resilient city to live in.
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2. 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 FRIDAY July 1, 12 – 1pm – HortTalk – Organic Roots, the development of organic gardening in NZ, Botanic Garden Centre, Upper Lovelock Avenue, presented by Philippa Jamieson, Editor of Organic NZ magazine.

Philippa explains how we have arrived at the 70th Anniversary of The Soil and Health Association of NZ.

Contact DCC on 477-4000, botanic@dcc.govt.nz or check out www.dunedin.govt.nz/facilities/botanic-garden

ii) Saturday July 9, 1 – 4pm – Young Fruit Tree Pruning and Planting Workshop,  Dunedin Rudolf Steiner School, 1 Fern Road, Maia, Ravensbourne

We are pleased to be offering this workshop with Jason Ross of Sutherland Nurseries. Growing our own fruit is the optimum in nutrition, and lets us enjoy food with a positive carbon footprint.

Come and learn how to prune and plant your young fruit trees with our local expert and share tips on successful fruit growing in this area. It will be practical, hands on workshop so please bring secateurs, gloves and warm clothes.

Maximum number of participants 14. Cost $20/person. Please book and arrange payment via the Dunedin Rudolf Steiner School, tel 476 3250 or email office@dunedin.steiner.school.nz . Bookings with payment must be received by July 2nd.

iii) Tuesday, July 12, 7.30 – 9.30pm – Sea Level Rise – Implications for Dunedin, hosted by the New Zealand Institute of Surveyors, St David Street Lecture Theatre, University of Otago
An information evening open to the public to discuss issues around sea-level rise and how it might affect low lying suburbs and coastal communities in the Dunedin area.
The aim of the meeting is to promote discussion and information sharing to help residents, property owners and the business community to make informed decisions about the likely impact of sea-level rise.
The meeting will be chaired by Professor John Hannah from the University of Otago school of Surveying and member of the FIG International Working Party on Climate Change.
iv) Early bird opportunity expires soon for the big climate change conference of 2011

Register before 1 July for the 7th Australia – New Zealand Climate Change and Business Conference (Wellington, New Zealand, 1-2 August 2011) and receive the early bird discount, saving NZ$175.

This conference is held in New Zealand every 3rd year and is the pre-eminent opportunity for business and policy makers in Australia and New Zealand to share ideas about the business response to climate change. Ministers, senior business leaders and policy-makers from both countries will be presenting as well as a full range of experts from many of our trading partners.
The conference is tailored specifically for business. It outlines the significant risks posed by a price on carbon and how to manage them. It will highlight the burgeoning opportunities for low carbon and energy efficient innovators as policy momentum gathers pace.
Whether you are a big emitter, a new low carbon player or a service provider, this is your conference. For the latest developments on climate change, all packed into an intensive 2-day program, register now and join us in Wellington in August!
For the program and for online registration go to climateandbusiness.com

v) SUSTAINABLE LIVING CLASSES COMING UP – ENROL NOW for a course beginning in August – Community Courses for residents in Leith Valley and also across the City.

The Sustainable Living Course for Communities is an interactive eight-week course which will assist you to learn and share practical tips that make a difference and can save you money, meet others in your local community who are interested in living more sustainably, and gain support for introducing lifestyle changes you want to make. Facilitated by Dr Maureen Howard, c/o Water and Waste Services, Dunedin City Council

Course Details

Leith Valley Community Evening Course, Start Date: Wednesday 10th August, Each Wednesday 7-9pm for 8 weeks, Venue: St Stephen’s Presbyterian Church.

City Daytime Course, Start Date: Wednesday 10th August, Each Wednesday 10am-12noon for 8 weeks, Venue: Space 2B (corner Filluel and St Andrews).

City Evening Course, Start Date, Tuesday 9th August, Each Tuesday 7-9pm for 8 weeks, Venue: Space 2B (corner Filluel and St Andrews).

Week 1: Introduction – Sustainability in the home. Personal action. Ecological footprints

Week 2: Energy Conservation: Efficient use of electricity and minimising heat loss.

Week 3: Waste – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle at home. Composting methods

Week 4: Shopping – Consumer choices. Make your own cleaners

Week 5: Sustainable Backyards – Gardening, Attracting wildlife, Keeping Chooks.

Week 6: Water – Collecting, Conserving, Keeping waterways clean

Week 7: Transport – Options for commuting and minimising fuel use

Week 8: Final – Community Focus and Action

Adult Community courses are free but a Koha/Donation is requested ($30 recommended).  Courses are restricted to a maximum of 14 people. REGISTRATION IS ESSENTIAL. Registration or enquiries to Maureen, Phone 4739967, Email mhoward@slingshot.co.nz.

The Sustainable Living Programme is brought to you locally by the Dunedin City Council

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3. 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).

Recyclia (Trash to art competition)

Keep Dunedin Beautiful, in conjunction with Cadbury, run an art event for young people 18 years and under. The idea is to make an artwork (either a free standing sculpture or wall hanging) from material that would otherwise be thrown out or recycled. These will then be displayed at the Dunedin Central Library between July 25 – 28. Pre registration is required.

Entry forms can be obtained by ringing 474 3401, emailing dethomso@dcc.govt.nz or via

www.chocolatecarnival.co.nz/images/Recyclia_reg_form_2011.pdf

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4. 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.

– Why was the (UK) Labour government telling two different stories about peak oil?

By George Monbiot, published on the Guardian’s website, June 16

In public, the last government shrugged off the prospect of peak oil. In private, we know now that it had a different view.

http://www.monbiot.com/2011/06/16/peak-stupidity/

– Further investigation into climate change and infectious diseases needed, according to University of Otago researcher

http://www.otago.ac.nz/news/news/otago019124.html

– The end of consumerism?

By Leo Hickman of The Guardian

Collaborative consumption – the notion that we can now share or swap anything from clothes and parking spaces to free time – is an exciting idea. But is it really the answer to rampant consumerism?

http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2011/jun/14/collaborative-consumption

From Coal Action Network Aotearoa

These two reports may be of interest. They are both about 40 pages long, and deal respectively, with the impact of coal ash on human health and the impact of coal combustion air pollution on human health. They are by Physicians for Social Responsibility, a US organisation, and refer entirely to US coal use.

However the health effects of these two products of coal combustion cannot be very different anywhere in the world.

http://www.psr.org/resources/coals-assault-on-human-health.html

http://www.psr.org/environment-and-health/code-black/coal-ash-toxic-and-leaking.html

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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.

Dear Members,

Read, listen, watch or join in – take your pick this fortnight, with the latest line up of sustainability-related articles and papers, interviews and events, not to mention our 2011 AGM on Wednesday July 13, 6.30 – 9pm, in the Community Church.

From 6.30 – 7pm, election of officers will take place, then from 7 – 9pm there will be presentation of the annual report and a talk by Bob Lloyd, Director of Energy Studies at OU, about Solid Energy’s proposed lignite mining in Southland.

You are very welcome.

And for those of you who weren’t able to come to James Hansen’s presentation in Dunedin, please find attached his powerpoint document.

Read on!

1. Upcoming SDC Events and Projects

– Wednesday, July 13, 6.30 – 9pm – Sustainable Dunedin City Inc. Annual General Meeting, Community Church, corner of Filleul and St Andrew’s Streets

2. Upcoming Sustainability Events and Courses

i) THIS Thursday June 16, 8.30am – 7:00pm – Winter Lights 2011 – A NERI Thought Leadership Forum

ii) Nominations close at noon on THIS THURSDAY June 16 for the Otago Conservation Award 2011

iii) THIS Friday June 17 (not the 7th as shown previously), 6pm onwards – 2011 Hampden Winter Lecture/Discussion Series: Taking Back the Economy

iv) THIS Saturday June 18 – Workshop on planting fruit trees @ the NEV Community Garden

10am

v) THIS Sunday June 19, 10am – Smaills Beach Planting Day for Puaka Matariki

vi) Thursday, June 30, 5.30pm – GreenDrinks Dunedin

vii) ENROL NOW for Sustainable Living Classes near you

viii) September 24 – Moving Planet day from the 350 Crew

3. Dunedin Sustainability in Action!

– Coast Road Market

– GETUP Campaign

– From Coal Action Network Aotearoa – Southland Energy Strategy

4. Food for Thought

– Two interviews from Radio New Zealand

– Working Towards Higher Living Standards

– Gloomy news from The Guardian

– And interesting reading from our own Otago Daily Times

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1. Upcoming SDC Events and Projects

SDC is driven by member ideas and volunteer man-power, so if you have an idea for an event or project you’d like SDC to run, or you’d like to run under the SDC umbrella, please let us know – secretary@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz. This section also signposts who to contact if you’re keen to help out with a particular event/project.

– Wednesday, July 13, 6.30 – 9pm – Sustainable Dunedin City Inc. Annual General Meeting, Community Church, corner of Filleul and St Andrew’s Streets

Please come – we value your input into Sustainable Dunedin City and look forward to what we can achieve in the year ahead.

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2. 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 June 16, 8.30am – 7:00pm – Winter Lights 2011 – A NERI Thought Leadership Forum, Otago Museum, 419 Great King Street, Dunedin.

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.

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

A Low-Carbon Energy Future: Breaking the Dependence on Fossil Fuels, White Paper Prepared for the NERI ‘Winter Lights’ Forum, by social researcher and director of CSAFE, Janet Stephenson

http://www.neri.org.nz/news-and-events/news/winter-lights-white-paper/

ii) Nominations close at noon on THIS THURSDAY June 16 for the Otago Conservation Award 2011

These Department of Conservation Awards give recognition and kudos to deserving individuals or groups who volunteer their time to help protect species, or natural or historic features, or enhance recreational opportunities, through hands-on or advocacy roles.

The six finalists (three from Coastal Otago and three from Inland Otago), as judged by the Otago Conservation Board, will be publicised during Conservation Week 11-18 September. The winners will be announced at the Conservation Award evenings held during Conservation Week.

Winners receive a trophy but there is no monetary reward associated with these Awards.

You can nominate online using the electronic form at www.doc.govt.nz/otagoawards

If you require advice or assistance please contact your local DOC Area Office:

Coastal Otago Ph 03 477 0677; Central Otago Ph 03 440 2040; Wanaka Ph 03 443 7660; Wakatipu Ph 03 442 7933.

iii) THIS Friday June 17 (not the 7th as shown previously), 6pm onwards (for soup) – 2011 Hampden Winter Lecture/Discussion Series: Taking Back the Economy, Associate Professor Jenny Cameron, Hampden Community Centre Hall, Hampden

Across the globe we are witnessing growing social and economic inequalities and degradation of earth’s ecosystems, all the result of an economy that has become uncoupled from the survival of both the planet and the people who inhabit it. But across the globe people are‘taking back the economy’ so that it supports and nourishes life, and produces environmental health and social well-being.

In this talk Jenny Cameron will introduce four key concerns that are guiding people’s actions as they take back the economy. These concerns centre on

· ethical economic decisions about what we need to survive well;

· what we do with the surplus that is left over after our needs have been met;

· how much and what we consume in order to survive well and create and share surpluses; and

· how we look after our physical and social commons.

Jenny will illustrate these key concerns with examples of the types of actions that people are taking to build ethical economies.

Jenny Cameron works as a teacher, researcher and administrator in Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Newcastle (Australia). She tries to make as much time as possible for backyard and community gardening. She is committed to collaborating with communities and to sharing this work with others. Most recently she has produced a Community Garden Manifesto (see
http://www.communityeconomies.org/site/assets/media/Jenny_Cameron/Manifesto_Small.pdf)
and an associated PlaceStories website (see http://ps3beta.com/project/7733). Resources from other projects are available on the Community Economies Collective website (see http://www.communityeconomies.org/Resources/Community-Resources).

Will Jenny’s talk stimulate ideas on ways we can “take back” and rebuild a vibrant local economy so more of us can live, work and play in our immediate community? Please come and offer your ideas.

$5 if coming without food to share. All very welcome.

Dugald MacTavish, dugald@es.co.nz

iv) THIS Saturday June 18 – Workshop on planting fruit trees @ the NEV Community Garden

10am

There is more to getting your fruit trees off to a healthy start than you might think and the group will demonstrate how to check you have chosen the right site for the particular tree, and how to prepare the hole. (If the weather is bad, postponed to Saturday 25 June)

See http://www.transitiontowns.org.nz/dunedinnorth

v) THIS Sunday June 19, 10am – Smaills Beach Planting Day for Puaka Matariki

Join the Tomahawk Smaills Beachcare Trust to plant in the back dunes of the reserve at Smaills Beach. Meet at the car park, Smaills Beach, opposite the fishing club, at 10am.Stay for a BBQ and soup lunch. Bring warm clothes, spade and gloves. Some spare spades will be available.

For more information contact Gaileen, phone 021 055 0396 or email beachcare@ihug.co.nz.

vi) Thursday, June 30, 5.30pm – GreenDrinks Dunedin, meet in the back room at Filadelfios, North Rd, Gardens.

This month Solar Action Network will provide the theme.

GREENDRINKS Dunedin provides an opportunity for everyone interested in sustainability and the environment to meet in a relaxed setting. It is organised in Dunedin by SDC and is part of GreenDrinks International, a social networking movement.

Each month a different community group hosts a theme. Contact Maureen Howard mhoward@slingshot.co.nz

vii) SUSTAINABLE LIVING CLASSES COMING UP – ENROL NOW for a course beginning in August – Community Courses for residents in Leith Valley and also across the City.

The Sustainable Living Course for Communities is an interactive eight-week course which will assist you to learn and share practical tips that make a difference and can save you money, meet others in your local community who are interested in living more sustainably, and gain support for introducing lifestyle changes you want to make. Facilitated by Dr Maureen Howard, c/o Water and Waste Services, Dunedin City Council

Course Details

Leith Valley Community Evening Course, Start Date: Wednesday 10th August, Each Wednesday 7-9pm for 8 weeks, Venue: St Stephen’s Presbyterian Church.

City Daytime Course, Start Date: Wednesday 10th August, Each Wednesday 10am-12noon for 8 weeks, Venue: Space 2B (corner Filluel and St Andrews).

City Evening Course, Start Date, Tuesday 9th August, Each Tuesday 7-9pm for 8 weeks, Venue: Space 2B (corner Filluel and St Andrews).

Week 1: Introduction – Sustainability in the home. Personal action. Ecological footprints

Week 2: Energy Conservation: Efficient use of electricity and minimising heat loss.

Week 3: Waste – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle at home. Composting methods

Week 4: Shopping – Consumer choices. Make your own cleaners

Week 5: Sustainable Backyards – Gardening, Attracting wildlife, Keeping Chooks.

Week 6: Water – Collecting, Conserving, Keeping waterways clean

Week 7: Transport – Options for commuting and minimising fuel use

Week 8: Final – Community Focus and Action

Adult Community courses are free but a Koha/Donation is requested ($30 recommended). Courses are restricted to a maximum of 14 people. REGISTRATION IS ESSENTIAL. Registration or enquiries to Maureen, Phone 4739967, Email mhoward@slingshot.co.nz.

The Sustainable Living Programme is brought to you locally by the Dunedin City Council

viii) September 24 – Moving Planet day from the 350 Crew

Dear friends,

The momentum building for September 24th’s Moving Planet day of action is extraordinary: hundreds of big, ambitious events are already planned all around the world.

Many of you have organized some pretty big demonstrations with 350.org in the past (OK, really big — CNN called our mobilization in 2009 “the most widespread day of political action in history”), but this one might be the most impressive yet.

Click here to sign up an event or see what’s happening in your community: www.moving-planet.org

We can’t wait to see what you’ll come up with in your community–if you haven’t already signed up, please do so today: www.moving-planet.org

Onwards,

Kelly Blynn for the whole 350.org Team

350.org is building a global grassroots movement to solve the climate crisis. Our online campaigns, grassroots organizing, and mass public actions are led from the bottom up by thousands of volunteer organizers in over 188 countries.

What is 350? 350 is the number that leading scientists say is the safe upper limit for carbon dioxide in our atmosphere. Scientists measure carbon dioxide in “parts per million” (ppm), so 350ppm is the number humanity needs to get below as soon as possible to avoid runaway climate change. To get there, we need a different kind of PPM—a “people powered movement” that is made of people like you in every corner of the planet.

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3. 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).

– Coast Road Market has gone into hibernation over the winter and we will reopen in spring at a new location nearby– keep an eye on the Blueskin News for the latest update or ph 027 781 1799!

Liz Abbott and Rudie Verhoef

– GETUP Campaign suggestion

SDC Co-chair, Jocelyn Harris, has put a proposal on the Australian GETUP campaign site that GETUP launch a campaign against planned lignite mining in Southland.

To get from being a proposal to being an actual campaign, Jocelyn’s proposal needs a lot more votes. If you’re keen to help this happen, please vote for Jocelyn’s proposal here:

http://suggest.getup.org.au/forums/60819-campaign-ideas/suggestions/1855961-keep-the-coal-in-the-hole-?ref=title

– From Coal Action Network Aotearoa – Southland Energy Strategy

Dave Kennedy from Southland is encouraging all of us – not only Southlanders – to comment on Venture Southland’s draft Southland Energy Strategy. Here are the details:

Energy is an issue that affects us all. Venture Southland has been working with key stakeholders to develop the Southland Energy Strategy. The draft is now ready and can be viewed here: www.southlandnz.com/energy.

You will see the link to download the document on the right hand side.

The recently (and prematurely) released national New Zealand Energy Strategy is pathetic indeed. Let’s make sure that Southland’s energy strategy reflects what we who live here think and want for our sustainable future. Please read, submit a comment and feel free to forward to your contacts.

In particular Venture Southland is keen to know:

· Are they on the right track with the energy vision?

· Do you agree with the strategic actions?

· Does your organisation view itself as playing a part in the implementation of any of the actions?

· Which actions do you feel are higher priority?

Comments are due no later than THIS Thursday June 16. A submission form can be downloaded on the website.

Any questions about the strategy, please contact Karyn Owen at Venture Southland:
DDI: 03 2111 801 M: 021 932 340 E: karyn@venturesouthland.co.nz

Coal Action Network Aotearoa (CAN Aotearoa) is a group of climate justice campaigners committed to fighting the continuation of coal mining in Aotearoa New Zealand.

CAN Aotearoa’s objectives are to:
1. Phase out coal mining and coal usage within 20 years, initially by opposing new and expanded coal mines.
2. Promote a cultural change so that mining and using coal are unacceptable.
3. Work towards a society where people and the environment are not exploited for profit.
4. Be part of a just transition to a coal-free Aotearoa New Zealand.

Find out more at: http://coalactionnetworkaotearoa.wordpress.com/

Or join the CAN Aotearoa supporters list by emailing: coalactionnetwork@gmail.com

– And continuing the coal theme, plans for a large-scale increase in lignite use would dramatically increase New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions says the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Dr Jan Wright.

Dr Wright makes the call in her latest report, ‘Lignite and climate change: The high cost of low grade coal’, which assesses the environmental effects of plans to increase lignite use a hundredfold or more.

http://www.pce.parliament.nz/media/media-releases/lignite-a-bad-choice-for-nz-environment-commissioner/

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4. 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.

– from Radio New Zealand

Biologist and conservationist who, with his wife Anne Saunders, owns two lodges on the West Coast (Lake Moeraki and Arthurs Pass) where guests do more than just look at the scenery – they actively experience it. He’s an advocate of diversification – combining farming, tourism and ecology/conservation in his endeavours. Dr McSweeney is a former director of the Forest and Bird Society and spearheaded the creation of the South West New Zealand Te Wahi Pounamu World Heritage Site. He discusses his views on the Coast’s future – relating to mining and tourism. (34′55″)

http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ninetonoon/20110607

Earlier this week Oxfam made headlines around the world with the release of a report claiming food prices for staple commodities would double over the next 20 years, potentially resulting in an unprecedented reversal in human development.

Ideas talks to: Oxfam New Zealand’s campaign and advocacy director John Stansfield; Otago University professor of sociology Hugh Campbell, and Dr Karen Cronin of the Institute of Environmental Science and Research.

http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ideas

– Working Towards Higher Living Standards for New Zealanders describes how Treasury thinks about and works towards its vision of “higher living standards for New Zealanders.”

Treasury’s understanding of the term living standards goes beyond the narrow material definition – often proxied by GDP – to incorporate a broad range of material and non-material factors such as trust, education, health and environmental quality. In taking a broad approach to understanding living standards, Treasury is in line with other economic institutions internationally. For example, the Australian Treasury acknowledges that “analyses of economic development or progress that only take income into account neglect other important determinants of wellbeing” and has thus developed its own wellbeing framework, while Stiglitz, Sen and Fitoussi’s 2009 report for President Sarkozy’s commission into Measuring Social and Economic Progress highlights the gap between “the information contained in aggregate GDP data and what counts for common people’s wellbeing”.

http://www.treasury.govt.nz/publications/research-policy/tp/higherlivingstandards

– Gloomy news from The Guardian

Greenhouse gas emissions increased by a record amount last year, to the highest carbon output in history, putting hopes of holding global warming to safe levels all but out of reach, according to unpublished estimates from the International Energy Agency.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/may/29/carbon-emissions-nuclearpower

– And interesting reading from our own Otago Daily Times

Central Otago District Council & outstanding landscapes – http://www.odt.co.nz/opinion/editorial/163544/challenging-decision

Colin James on recent reports from Treasury’s, the Greens and Sir Peter Gluckman –

http://www.odt.co.nz/opinion/opinion/163686/painting-economy-green

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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.

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