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Browsing Posts published in February, 2012

otago_harbour_blueHi all – lots to do, hear, learn and share already this year.

Brief summaries follow, details further below.
1. Upcoming SDC Events and Projects

Thursday 23 February, GreenDrinks Dunedin at Filadelfios.

2. Upcoming Sustainability Events and Courses

Wednesday 15 February  4- 5 pm Peak oil and children’s rights: a monster problem or child’s play?Dr Paul Tranter (University of Otago), Associate Professor in Geography Room 33, Adams Building

Wednesday 15 February Sustainable Living Courses begin  (10-12 noon or 7-9 pm)

Thursday 16 February 5.15. pm Some Challenges of a Low Carbon Society,Dr Malcolm Mcculloch (University of Oxford), St. David Lecture Theatre | Corner of St David and Castle Streets

Saturday 18 February 9 am – 12 pm Working bee at NEV Community Garden

Monday 20 February 4 pm  Collaboration for reduced energy use in Swedish rental flats –  a socio-technical perspective, Dr Wiktoria Glad (Linköping University, Sweden) CSAFE Seminar Room, 547 Castle Street

Saturday 25 February – Sunday 26 February  Harvest Weekend

Sunday 26 February 1 – 4 pm Working bee at NEV Community Garden

Tuesday 28 February – Friday 2nd March Preserving the Harvest

Thursday 8 March 7.15 pm  Sustainable living for students starts – enrolment required

Friday 9 March During Seaweek, Enviroschoolsl Hui for DCC and CDC primary schools, Tomahawk Beach

Sunday 11 March Seaweek – Keep Dunedin Beautiful’s harbour users’ clean up

Monday 19 March Nicole Foss, A Century of Challenges Tour Waitati Hall

Friday/Saturday 30/31 March Enviroschools senior secondary leadership hui, Quarantine Island
3. Dunedin Sustainability in Action!
Monday 20 February Submissions for the Milford Dart Tunnel are now due

Tuesday 28th February Green Paper for vulnerable children final submissions close

19 March Submissions to Fiordland link monorail due

Youth of Dunedin Funding Opportunity

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

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

Sobering thoughts on Aotearoa/NZ fossil fuel vulnerability

Guardian info on fossil fuel usage in UK

The new Transition Companion book is out http://transitionculture.org/shop/the-transition-companion/

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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 23 February, GreenDrinks Dunedin at Filadelfios
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!
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

Wednesday 15 February Sustainable Living Day Courses begin.  Each Wednesday 10-12noon for 8 weeks, Venue: Church of Christ Community Hall  (corner Filluel and St Andrews).

Wednesday 15 February Sustainable Living Night Courses begin.  Each Wednesday 7-9pm for 8 weeks, Venue: Church of Christ Community Hall (corner Filluel and St Andrews).

Places are limited to 14 for each course. Enrolment is essential. For more information please email mhoward@slingshot.co.nz

Wednesday 15 February  4- 5 pm Peak oil and children’s rights: a monster problem or child’s play?

Dr Paul Tranter (University of Otago)

Associate Professor in Geography

Where: Room 33, Adams Building
Thursday 16 Februrary 5.15. pm Some Challenges of a Low Carbon Society

Dr Malcolm Mcculloch (University of Oxford)

William Evans Fellow

Where: St. David Lecture Theatre | Corner of St David and Castle Streets

Saturday 18 February 9 am – 12 pm Working bee at NEV Community Garden (upper field above NEV school on North Road)

Monday 20 February 4 pm  Collaboration for reduced energy use in Swedish rental flats –  a socio-technical perspective

Dr Wiktoria Glad (Linköping University, Sweden)
Where: CSAFE Seminar Room, 547 Castle Street, Dunedin

Saturday 25 February – Sunday 26 February  Harvest Weekend – all over Dunedin, all weekend

A lot of people around Dunedin have fruit trees they either aren’t capable of harvesting or just don’t have the time.  We are looking for volunteers to help us harvest these fruit trees in order to make jam and preserves.  If you would like to volunteer to help harvest and/or preserve please phone Amanda Brown on 4700851 or email amandab@psotago.org.nz.

Sunday 26 February 1 – 4 pm Working bee at NEV Community Garden

Tuesday 28 February – Friday 2nd March Preserving the Harvest – details to be arranged.

Come and learn about local food, how to provide food for yourself and others while making good community connections. The preserves will be shared between the volunteers, fruit tree owners and Family Works Presbyterian Support Otago. If you would like to volunteer to help harvest and/or preserve please phone Amanda Brown on 4700851 or email amandab@psotago.org.nz.

Thursday 8 March 7.15 pm  Sustainable living for students starts – enrolment required
This year under Clubs and Socs we are also holding a SUSTAINABLE LIVING FOR STUDENTS!

This course is available to OUSA & OPSA members only. Non-Members can access the content via similar courses run by the DCC in the community. Share eco-friendly, economical tips such as how to make your own cleaners, grow vegetables, reduce your electricity bills, and compost your food-scraps – even without a garden! This is a great way to meet others interested in sustainability, learn how to save $$$, and do your bit for the planet.Dates: March 8th to April 5th,Day: Thursday,Time: 7.15pm – 9.15pm,Sessions: Five. Enroll at http://www.ousa.org.nz/events-and-recreation/clubs-and-courses/course-details/lifestyle/ or Clubs and Societies on Albany St.

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

Sunday 11 March Seaweek – Keep Dunedin Beautiful’s harbour users’ clean up
We are asking for anyone who uses the harbour to help clean it up.  Bags and gloves will be available from 10am to 1pm from the carpark of the University Aquatic Centre Magnet St.
Please clean up the area you use.  Filled bags can be returned to the carpark area for collection at 4pm or just pop them into your club’s skip.
Participant numbers would be helpful, but not essential.  To register call Darlene Thomson 474 3401 or email dethomso@dcc.govt.nz

Monday 19th March Nicole Foss – A Century of Challenges Tour Waitati Hall, 7 pm
Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust is excited to announce a public forum meeting headlined by international speaker and thinker Nicole Foss in Waitati Hall on Monday the 19th March (from 7pm). There will be a number of events with Nicole around the city (further updates will provide greater detail). The topic is “Building Local Resilience”. Nicole is among other things, Senior Editor of The Automatic Earth – a chronicle of the international credit crunch set in the context of energy and environmental limits to growth. She is also President of ANF Energy Solutions Inc, which offers policy and technical consultancy services to the electricity sector and a former editor of The Oil Drum: Canada. An interesting transcript involving Nicole, Richard Heinberg, Dmitri Orlov, Howard Kunstler and Noam Chomsky can be found on the Energy Bulletin website. This is something you should put in your diary – further detail to follow. With thanks to the Nelson Environment Centre and Carolyn for organisation.

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)

Monday 20 February Submissions for the Milford Dart Tunnel are now due. Forest & Bird info attached.

19 March Submissions to Fiordland link monorail due
Forest & Bird info attached. See also:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hkHvlyNu28

Youth of Dunedin Funding Opportunity

Youth Fund Dunedin is now live and receiving applications!
If you are under 24
Live in Dunedin
Have a great idea which will benefit others
And need funds to help make it happen… then make your funding application online now

OR if you know someone who fits these criteria then make sure you tell them about us.

http://www.youthfunddunedin.co.nz/webapps/i/95287/271563/401910

Tuesday 28th February Green Paper for vulnerable children final submissions close
Green Paper for vulnerable children

http://www.childrensactionplan.govt.nz/

“The New Zealand Government is concerned about the number of children who have childhoods that make it unlikely that they will thrive, belong and achieve. When this happens, the long-term outcomes and costs to these children and to everyone is high. ”

What can you do?
Have your say and let us know what you think by making a submission before 28 February 2012. You can make a submission online, on the Facebook page, in person at hui or fono, by email to yourresponse@childrensactionplan.govt.nz, or posting your submission to:

Green Paper for Vulnerable Children
PO Box 1556
Wellington

Improved Saturday timetables for Dunedin buses: get a new timetable and support this improvement

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.
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

When might New Zealand’s oil imports dry up?
An informative blog looking at Aotearoa/NZ’s impotence in the face of peak oil.
http://oilshockhorrorprobe.blogspot.co.nz/2011/10/when-might-new-zealands-oil-imports-dry.html

More sobering news from Guardian

UK emissions rose 3.1% as economy recovered in 2010
An 18m tonne rise in climate-warming gases is due to the nation’s dreadfully draughty homes and fickleness of nuclear power(http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/damian-carrington-blog/2012/feb/07/carbon-emissions-uk-energy-nuclear)

The new Transition Companion book is out http://transitionculture.org/shop/the-transition-companion/
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Tena 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/

Hi all – info as follows

The Festival in Mataura was rejuvenating, despite the wind and rain – so many different people working together respectfully on a common cause – locals and those from all over, professors and students, and people of all ages. The issue feels even more urgent and relevant, if possible, given the attached 2009 Australian report on peak oil, and the pressure now on to ‘develop’ ‘unconventional’ fossil fuels.
1. Upcoming SDC Events and Projects

2. Upcoming Sustainability Events and Courses

Thursday 2 February Pathways to carbon neutrality seminar, CSAFE seminar room, 4 pm

Sunday 5 February Market at Warrington

Thursday 9 February Seminar on the Green Paper for Vulnerable Children, Hutton Theatre, Otago Museum, 10.30 am to 4 pm

Thursday 9 February,  Community Shed meeting in Port Chalmers Pioneer Hall, Port Chalmers, 8 pm

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

Saturday 25 February – Sunday 26 February  Harvest Weekend

Tuesday 28 February – Friday 2nd March Preserving the Harvest

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

Monday 19th March Nicole Foss – A Century of Challenges Tour Waitati Hal

Friday/Saturday 30/31 March – Enviroschools Senior Secondary Leadership Hui, Quarantine Island
3. Dunedin Sustainability in Action!
Youth of Dunedin Funding Opportunity

Green Paper for vulnerable children

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

Improved Saturday timetables for Dunedin buses
4. Food for Thought
Report from Australian Govt on peak oil – we’ve just passed peak ‘conventional’ oil (2009 report attached)

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

Updated plant hardiness map of USA shows USA getting warmer http://motherjones.com/blue-marble/2012/01/long-overdue-plant-hardiness-map-hothouse

The new Transition Companion book is out http://transitionculture.org/shop/the-transition-companion/

Tuesday is Frozen Planet night – one reality tv show worth watching!
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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.
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
Thursday 2 February 4 pm Pathways to carbon neutrality seminar, CSAFE seminar room (547 Castle St),

“We are pleased to announce the first Seminar for 2012 and it will be a presented by Dr Malcolm McCulloch who is visiting New Zealand from Oxford University, UK.  Malcolm is being hosted at CSAFE for 6 weeks  through a William Evans Visiting Fellowship.”

The Maldives is a climate-change vulnerable country. In a radical move, the government has made a commitment to go to carbon neutral (excluding international flights) by 2020. This provides a fascinating case study on how a country shifts from complete dependence on diesel to the exclusive use of renewable energy. The talk will discuss some of the issues and initial work on understanding the challenges of the transition. Followed by wine and cheese

Sunday 5 February Market at Warrington, 11am – 2pm, at Warrington School. Free Stalls, rain or shine, call 0277811799 for more information.

Thursday 9 February 10.30 am to 4 pm, SSPA seminar on the Green Paper for Vulnerable Children, Hutton Theatre, Otago Museum

Social Service Providers Aotearoa Inc has arranged a series of seminars throughout the country on the Green Paper for Vulnerable children, which is open for public submission at the moment. Speakers include Mai Chen and Nicola Atwool

Please contact John Dickson, at info@sspa.org.nz or phone 027 510-1517 for more information, or marama jackson at the same email address to register.

Thursday 9 Feb,  8pm, Meeting on forming a Community Shed in Port Chalmers Pioneer Hall A Community Shed is forming in Port Chalmers, with assistance from the Taieri and King’s High School Blokes Sheds. Please contact Leonard Guy (leonardguy@gmail.com, tel. 021 260 6259) if you’re interested and would like to get involved or be kept up to date on our progress.

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

Saturday 25 February – Sunday 26 February  Harvest Weekend – all over Dunedin, all weekend

A lot of people around Dunedin have fruit trees they either aren’t capable of harvesting or just don’t have the time.  We are looking for volunteers to help us harvest these fruit trees in order to make jam and preserves.  If you would like to volunteer to help harvest and/or preserve please phone Amanda Brown on 4700851 or email amandab@psotago.org.nz.

Tuesday 28 February – Friday 2nd March Preserving the Harvest – details to be arranged.

Come and learn about local food, how to provide food for yourself and others while making good community connections. The preserves will be shared between the volunteers, fruit tree owners and Family Works Presbyterian Support Otago. If you would like to volunteer to help harvest and/or preserve please phone Amanda Brown on 4700851 or email amandab@psotago.org.nz.

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

Monday 19th March Nicole Foss – A Century of Challenges Tour Waitati Hall, 7 pm
Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust is excited to announce a public forum meeting headlined by international speaker and thinker Nicole Foss in Waitati Hall on Monday the 19th March (from 7pm). There will be a number of events with Nicole around the city (further updates will provide greater detail). The topic is “Building Local Resilience”. Nicole is among other things, Senior Editor of The Automatic Earth – a chronicle of the international credit crunch set in the context of energy and environmental limits to growth. She is also President of ANF Energy Solutions Inc, which offers policy and technical consultancy services to the electricity sector and a former editor of The Oil Drum: Canada. An interesting transcript involving Nicole, Richard Heinberg, Dmitri Orlov, Howard Kunstler and Noam Chomsky can be found on the Energy Bulletin website. This is something you should put in your diary – further detail to follow. With thanks to the Nelson Environment Centre and Carolyn for organisation.

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)

Youth of Dunedin Funding Opportunity

Youth Fund Dunedin is now live and receiving applications!
If you are under 24
Live in Dunedin
Have a great idea which will benefit others
And need funds to help make it happen… then make your funding application online now

OR if you know someone who fits these criteria then make sure you tell them about us.

http://www.youthfunddunedin.co.nz/webapps/i/95287/271563/401910

Green Paper for vulnerable children

http://www.childrensactionplan.govt.nz/

“The New Zealand Government is concerned about the number of children who have childhoods that make it unlikely that they will thrive, belong and achieve. When this happens, the long-term outcomes and costs to these children and to everyone is high. ”

What can you do?
Have your say and let us know what you think by making a submission before 28 February 2012. You can make a submission online, on the Facebook page, in person at hui or fono, by email to yourresponse@childrensactionplan.govt.nz, or posting your submission to:

Green Paper for Vulnerable Children
PO Box 1556
Wellington

Improved Saturday timetables for Dunedin buses  get a new timetable and support this improvement

4. Food for Thought

Report from Australian Govt on peak oil – we’ve just passed peak ‘conventional’ oil (2009 report attached)

‘…it is predicted that world production of conventional oil is currently just past its highest point (conventional oil is oil pumped from wells on land or in water less than 500 metres deep). A predicted shallow decline in the short run should give way to a steeper decline after 2016.
…Coping with the supply reductions will be compounded by the fact that shrinking oil supply will interact with measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in order to address climate change. While there are opportunities for joint solutions, there will also be conflicting demands. For example, two of the more obvious sources of alternative motive energy are coal-to-liquids and gas-to-liquids. Both of these would involve increased emissions.”
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.
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

Note:  When doing a sort-out this summer, I found a London 1992 magazine from on ‘June’s Earth summit’ with quotes like this ‘… climate change will force the West to confront the problem of global equity before too long. ..John Major’s new Berlin Wall, the “strong perimeter fence” around Europe, can keep out refugees from famine and poverty. But you can’t keep out the greenhouse effect’ Outlook Jan/Feb 1992.

Updated plant hardiness map of USA shows USA getting warmer http://motherjones.com/blue-marble/2012/01/long-overdue-plant-hardiness-map-hothouse

The new Transition Companion book is out http://transitionculture.org/shop/the-transition-companion/

Tuesday night is Frozen Planet night

To finish – this great image sent by Tessa Mills, manager of the New Zealand Marine Studies Centre, who says that she has permission to use this memorable image from the artist, Ferdi Rizkiyanto, and we are free to display and circulate

Tena 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/

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