Sustainable Dunedin City

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Browsing Posts published in January, 2012

Happy New Year to you all – let’s hope and work for it being a very much better one for our beautiful earth than the last one (or two hundred years of burning fossil fuels…)


1. Upcoming SDC Events and Projects

Thursday 26th January, 5.30, Green Drinks, Back Room of Filadelfios at the Gardens

2. Upcoming Sustainability Events and Courses

20 – 23 January 2012 Keep the Coal in the Hole Summer Festival (http://nocoalsummerfest.org.nz/information)

9 – 10 February Biochar workshop (Massey University, Palmerston North)

Friday 9 March – during Seaweek – Enviroschools Hui for DCC and CDC primary schools, Tomahawk Beach

Friday/Saturday 30/31 March – Enviroschools Senior Secondary Leadership Hui, Quarantine Island

3. Dunedin Sustainability in Action!
Saturday 21st January Port Chalmers Pioneer Hall working bee

Sunday 29th January Port Chalmers Pioneer Hall bread-making workshop

SDC submission on proposed DCC spatial plan (attached)

South Dunedin Farmers’ Market now open Wednesday 3-6 pm until April

Free community film screenings Thursday evenings, Sat afternoons, Pioneer Hall, Port Chalmers, December & January
4. Food for Thought
Request for involvement with Aotearoa/NZ’s NGOs’ discussions for the Rio+20 conference June 2012

Post Carbon Institute  video  quick summary of the last industrial age and our inevitable post-carbon future ‘The next ten years will be very unlike the last 10 years’  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XQIxr4gRQM&feature=share

NewScientist “Smart Guide 2012: 10 ideas you’ll want to understand” (Spaceship Earth needs a pilot)

‘Trade wars’ to be waged by US against nations opposed to GMOs and Monsanto
http://naturalsociety.com/us-start-trade-wars-with-nations-opposed-to-monsanto-gmo-crops/

January reminder from Otepoti Urban Organics – don’t forget sowings for winter

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1. Upcoming SDC Events and Projects

SDC is driven by member ideas and volunteer 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.

Thursday 26th January, 5.30, Green Drinks, Back Room of Filadelfios at the Gardens
Theme this month: NEV Community Development Project shares great news and tips for communitiy development

This is our first GreenDrinks of 2012! This month we have the pleasure of hearing from Maria Jackson, NEV Community Development Project Chairperson.
Maria will share news of the group’s history, progress and goals, including getting recent substantial Department of Internal Affairs funding for community development
Maria will also provide tips for community development

For more information about the NEV Community Development Project contact Maria on jack4@slingshot.co.nz

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. Each month a different community group hosts a theme. Everyone interested very welcome. Please bring a friend!

GreenDrinks is an international movement to support informal networking among people who work in the environmental field. To find out more go to www.greendrinks.org.
2. Upcoming Sustainability Events and Courses

We’d love to advertise your sustainability-related event or course – please send contributions in to newsletter@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

20 – 23 January 2012 Keep the Coal in the Hole Summer Festival (http://nocoalsummerfest.org.nz/information)

Please note single-day registrations are available for $10 on the Saturday of the Festival, but please let the organisers know that you’re coming – email  coalactionnetwork@gmail.com

Preparation for nonviolent direct action (NVDA) will be one of the important streams of activity at the Keep the Coal in the Hole Summer Festival. . Kristin Gillies of CANA wrote an op-ed piece on nonviolent direct action which appeared in the Southland Times recently. It is now on their blog, and it’s well worth reading: http://coalactionnetworkaotearoa.wordpress.com/2011/12/04/on-lignite-and-civil-disobedience/

Other reading material on nonviolence is also available for those who register.

9  – 10th February 2012 Biochar Workshop  From Science to Stakeholders www.biochar.co.nz

Massey University, Palmerston North
• Production Technology

• Biochar Economics

• Characterisation of Biochars

• Biochar-soil-plant Interactions

• Application Case Studies

• Life Cycle Assessment

• Biochar in GHG Mitigation

Friday 9 March – during Seaweek – Enviroschools Hui for DCC and CDC primary schools, Tomahawk Beach

Friday/Saturday 30/31 March – Enviroschools Senior Secondary Leadership Hui, Quarantine Island
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 (newsletter@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz)
As noted above…

4. Food for Thought
Request for involvement with Aotearoa/NZ’s NGOs’ discussions for the Rio+20 conference June 2012

‘Rio+20

http://www.uncsd2012.org/rio20/index.php?menu=14 is an important international conference revisiting the aims and objectives of the original UN Conference on Sustainable Development that was held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. Rio+20 is again being held in Rio de Janeiro, in June 2012.
Shortly before Christmas (19 December 2011) recognising there was some urgency to work together, a platform of NZ based NGOs was established to cooperate on Rio+20. An interim working group includes people from ANGOA(Association of NGOs of Aotearoa), CID (Council for INternational Development) UNANZ (UN Association NZ), UNICEF (UN Children’s Fund), church groups, ECO (Environment and Conservations Organisations of NZ) and Response (an internationally linked environment NGO).  Our objective is “To establish an inclusive NGO platform as the collective voice to work with all relevant NGOs and the NZ government in preparation for Rio+20..”

Currently I am acting as the contact person for environment and conservation organisations. Each working group member is reaching out to their networks to call for interest and involvement in this group.
If you are interested in working in this group, participating or contributing, or would just like more information, please email Diana Shand,
ECO Executive Member on  eco@eco.org.nz’

Post Carbon Institute  video  quick summary of the industrial age and our inevitable post-carbon future ‘The next ten years will be very unlike the last 10 years’  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XQIxr4gRQM&feature=share

Well worth watching and sharing

NewScientist “Smart Guide 2012: 10 ideas you’ll want to understand” (Spaceship Earth needs a pilot)

‘Earth has nine critical life-support systems vital to our survival. They have some resilience to human activity, but the bad news is that going beyond the safe boundaries is all too easy.

We have already bust three of those boundaries. We are eliminating species at 10 times the natural rate of extinction. We have turned up the planet’s thermostat higher than it’s been in a million years and probably unleashed unstoppable natural feedbacks that will worsen warming. Oh, and our use of fertiliser has pushed the natural nitrogen cycle into hyperdrive, poisoning ecosystems and the oceans.’

‘Trade wars’ to be waged by US against nations opposed to GMOs and Monsanto

http://naturalsociety.com/us-start-trade-wars-with-nations-opposed-to-monsanto-gmo-crops/
January reminder from Otepoti Urban Organics – don’t forget sowings for winter

‘…don’t forget some January sowings of carrots, beetroot, swedes, brassicas and the like. Many people leave the sowing of these autumn crops too late and then end up well and truly missing the boat when the plants sit in a jeuvenile state over winter and bolt to seed as soon as spring hits. But a little bit of forward planning can see your garden equally as productive in the autumn and winter as it is in the summer.’

Tēnā koutou katoa,

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

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

Post Carbon Institute, a quick video summary of the industrial age and our inevitable post-carbon future The next ten years will be very unlike the last 10 years’

NewScientist, ‘Earth has nine critical life-support systems vital to our survival. They have some resilience to human activity, but the bad news is that going beyond the safe boundaries is all too easy.

We have already bust three of those boundaries. We are eliminating species at 10 times the natural rate of extinction. We have turned up the planet’s thermostat higher than it’s been in a million years and probably unleashed unstoppable natural feedbacks that will worsen warming. Oh, and our use of fertiliser has pushed the natural nitrogen cycle into hyperdrive, poisoning ecosystems and the oceans.’

New Scientist, Neutrinos, Higgs, environment, artificial IQ, Olympics, human origins, US election, Facebook, the brain, networks: what’s on the agenda for next year? Smart Guide 2012: 10 ideas you’ll want to understand

Wikileaks, ‘Trade wars’ to be waged by US against nations opposed to GMOs and Monsanto http://naturalsociety.com/us-start-trade-wars-with-nations-opposed-to-monsanto-gmo-crops/

Request for involvement with Aotearoa/NZ’s NGOs’ discussions

for the Rio+20 conference June 2012

http://www.uncsd2012.org/rio20/index.php?menu=14 is an important international conference revisiting the aims and objectives of the original UN Conference on Sustainable Development that was held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. Rio+20 is again being held in Rio de Janeiro, in June 2012.

Shortly before Christmas (19 December 2011) recognising there was some urgency to work together, a platform of NZ based NGOs was established to cooperate on Rio+20. An interim working group includes people from ANGOA(Association of NGOs of Aotearoa), CID (Council for INternational Development) UNANZ (UN Association NZ), UNICEF (UN Children’s Fund), church groups, ECO (Environment and Conservations Organisations of NZ) and Response (an internationally linked environment NGO).  Our objective is “To establish an inclusive NGO platform as the collective voice to work with all relevant NGOs and the NZ government in preparation for Rio+20..”

Currently I am acting as the contact person for environment and conservation organisations. Each working group member is reaching out to their networks to call for interest and involvement in this group.

If you are interested in working in this group, participating or contributing, or would just like more information, please email Diana Shand,
ECO Executive Member on  eco@eco.org.nz

Friday/Saturday 30/31 March – Enviroschools Senior Secondary Leadership Hui, Quarantine Island

Friday 9 March

DURING SEAWEEK – Enviroschools Hui for DCC and CDC primary schools, Tomahawk Beach

9  – 10th February 2012

Biochar Workshop From Science to Stakeholders www.biochar.co.nz

Massey University, Palmerston North
• Production Technology

• Biochar Economics

• Characterisation of Biochars

• Biochar-soil-plant Interactions

• Application Case Studies

• Life Cycle Assessment

• Biochar in GHG Mitigation

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