Details of upcoming events, petitions and thought-provoking/useful links.
1. Sustainable Dunedin City action
Thursday 26th July 17:30
GreenDrinks Dunedin: in the Back Room of Filadelfios at the Gardens
TOPIC THIS MONTH: Money and Oil - How cheap energy has led to a vulnerable currency system and what we can do about it
Is your money secure? How vulnerable is our community’s economy to the impacts of peak oil? What can we do to create strong economic resilience at the community level? Our speaker this month is Professor Bob Lloyd, Director of the Energy Studies Programme at the University of Otago. Bob will outline how declining easy energy (oil) will impact on our monetary system and what we can do to increase our resilience.
To contact Bob, email email@example.com
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. To find out more about GreenDrinks International go to www.greendrinks.org. To get on the GreenDrinks Dunedin elist - or to host a GreenDrinks - please contact Maureen on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sustainable Dunedin City Society is made up of persons who are interested in the issues of climate change, declining energy security and sustainability, as they affect Dunedin City. The Society is not affiliated with any political party and aims to facilitate a positive, secure and sustainable future for Dunedin City. For more information or to join go to www.sustainabledunedincity.org.nz or email email@example.com
Wednesday 15th August
CONCERNED ABOUT COAL MINING?
Come and hear Rosemary Penward talk about Lignite Mining. Brief bio of Rosemary attached.
Community Church, Cnr. Filleul & St. Andrews Sts, Dunedin
Preceded by brief AGM of Sustainable Dunedin City Society Inc. Nominations signed by nominator and seconder for two chairpersons, secretary, treasurer and committee members should be sent to John Cocks, 11 Northfield Avenue, Opoho, Dunedin, by 17:00, 10th August 2012.
2. Other dates
Otago Access Radio 105.4FM:
2.30 – 15:00
Eco Living In Action, a half-hour sustainable living show hosted by Maureen Howard. Maureen and her guests will inspire you with practical, everyday solutions that make a difference. If you miss the show, you can download the podcast at http://www.oar.org.nz/podcasts/.
7 – 20:00
Sustainable Lens Radio, with Sam Mann, Anton Angelo and Shane Gallagher, which can also be accessed on
Beginning 24th July:
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 resilience and sustainable living, and gain support for introducing lifestyle changes you want to make. This course is tailored to accommodate your specific interests with facts and opportunities specific to Dunedin provided on each topic. Facilitated by Dr Maureen Howard, c/o Water and Waste Services, Dunedin City Council
Registration is essential – registration or enquiries to Maureen, Phone 4739967, Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday 24th July,
7-21:00 for 8 weeks
St Clair Community Evening Course
Venue: Little Wonders St Kilda
Wednesday 25th July 10-12 noon for 8 weeks
City Day Course
Church of Christ Community Hall (corner Filleul and St Andrew St).
Wednesday 25th July
7-21:00 for 8 weeks
City Evening Course, Start Date,
Church of Christ Community Hall (corner Filleul and St Andrew St).
Wednesday, 25th July, 19:30 - 21:30
The great alcohol debate
Castle 1 Lecture Theatre, University of Otago
Hear Otago University’s top debaters argue the topic: “SHOULD THE DRINKING AGE BE RAISED?”
Mayor of Dunedin: Dave Cull
Director of Student Health: Dr Kim Ma’ia’i
OUSA President: Logan Edgar
Dunedin South MP: Clare Curran
Otago Branch President of Hospitality NZ: Mark Scully
Learn about the upcoming law reform and hear a variety of perspectives discussing alcohol issues in NZ.
Wednesday 25th July
Draft Social Wellbeing Strategy will be available to the public on Wednesday 25th July on www.dunedin.govt.nz/social-wellbeing. Consultation will run from early August to late September. This strategy works in with the Economic Development Strategy and the Spatial Plan. Its vision is that ‘Dunedin will be one of the world’s great small cities… with connection people, cohesive communities, and quality lifestyles.’
Thursday 26th July, 4-17:00
Food security and other opportunities for New Zealand agriculture toward 2030
Dr Solis Norton
Centre for Sustainability Seminar Room, University of Otago
‘There is now irrefutable evidence that, in broad terms, global growth is peaking…Conservation of global food supply in the face of contraction will become a growing challenge.
New Zealand agriculture is ideally positioned to lead the world in refining its processes to suit a future of contraction rather than growth. There is tremendous scope to enhance our competitive advantage and profitability…’
Thursday 26th July 2012, 17:00
Dunedin’s Economic Development Unit hosts BA5 –
Meeting Room 2, Municipal Chambers. Access via the Octagon, steps under the clock tower
Is the rebuild of Christchurch the biggest threat or biggest opportunity for Dunedin?
Will competing against, or cooperating with, Christchurch yield the best results for our city?
Come and hear the latest on the rebuild of Christchurch, the challenges this will create for Dunedin and ideas on how we can profit from these.
Meet Graham Williams, who has been employed to find work for Dunedin businesses from the rebuild and discover what he has found four months into his work.
Please RSVP to Shaz Clark email@example.com or 474 3409.
Saturday/Sunday 28-29th July.
Open Weekend Quarantine Island/ Kamautaurua
Join us for our monthly open weekend and working bee on this beautiful island in Otago Harbour. You can come for the day or stay overnight. Help with firewood, weeding around native trees, track clearing and other odd jobs. Share a delicious potluck lunch, then take time to rest and explore or join in other activities.
Pick up is at Back Beach in Port Chalmers at 09:30 on Saturday morning and the return boat leaves the Island at 15:30 for Back Beach, or stay overnight in the lodge, boat returning Sunday morning 11:30.
Wear your work clothes, bring something yummy to share for the potluck lunch, and $8 for the boat.
Please contact our resident Keeper on the Island, Francine Vella, on 4780874 or firstname.lastname@example.org by the Wednesday before, so she can confirm boat bookings and accommodation. (A pick up on the Portobello side for Peninsula dwellers may also be possible).
Tuesday 31st July, 17:15
Church and Ministry in a Changed World
Archway 2 Theatre
Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture Series by The Revd Dr William Willimon, Bishop of the United Methodist Church in Alabama
Being Christian in a Postmodern World: Church and World in the Next Century Lecture 1: Church and Ministry in a Changed World
Tuesday 28th August
“The Impacts of Climate Change on Urban Infrastructure & the Built Environment Toolbox” hosted by NZPI and IPENZ
Dunedin Public Art Gallery, from 10:00-17:00, with lunch included.
Sunday 2nd September, 10:00
Living Legends - Orokonui Estuary restoration
Meet at Blueskin Nursery in Waitati.
· Citizens Initiated Referendum on Asset Sales (particularly national energy assets). This petition requires 10 % of eligible voters in New Zealand to sign it in order for us to have a referendum on asset sales. This is a formal legal process, so requires actual signatures. Go to http://www.greens.org.nz/koa to download a copy of the petition to print out.
· MMP review. This year we all get the opportunity to have a say on changes we’d like to see on the way our MMP voting system works. This review comes out of the 2011 Referendum on the Voting System, when the majority of voters chose to keep MMP as our voting system. http://www.elections.org.nz/voting/mmp/mmp-review.html
4.Food for thought and (good) fuel for action
Paul Young for Gen Zero
· Paul Young, a former SDC committee member, is now working for Generation Zero in Wellington. Here he strips down for a greener transport system. Go Paul!
3 News Around 40 protestors wearing only their underwear bombarded the Wellington Railway Station this morning. The near-nude group from youth movement ‘Generation Zero’ is protesting the Government’s transport budget saying it disregards smart transport options. (Tue, 29th May 2012)
The group say they ‘exposed’ themselves in order to ‘expose’ the Government’s lack of interest in public transport.
Read more: http://www.3news.co.nz/Youths-strip-off-for-greener-transport/tabid/423/articleID/255903/Default.aspx#ixzz21R6hzk51
· Ten thousand citizens across the country signed the Avaaz community petition calling on the Government to block the project, which would destroy 2 km² of Denniston Plateau, a pristine environment on New Zealand’s West Coast.
· Potential candidates for DCC Elections 2103: As vacancies are likely to open up next year, SDC members should consider standing!
· From Forest and Bird e-news: Robust RMA needed to fight climate change
Climate change is one of our most pressing environmental concerns, and yet a recent Environment Court ruling has excluded the effects of climate change from a key piece of environmental legislation: the Resource Management Act (RMA). The Act is the main way that our environment is managed. The court’s ruling means that approval for fracking or coal mining could be granted without any consideration of their contribution to climate change. This would mean that if the wider community was opposed to the exploitation of lignite in Southland, the biggest impact of the mining would remain just an `elephant in the room’. Forest & Bird is appealing the court’s decision to definitively clarify the law.
· Jonathan Boston Public Lecture slides for his powerful lecture on the 14th of March are available on the Otago Energy Research Centre website: http://www.otago.ac.nz/oerc/ : ‘Durban and the challenge for humanity’
· Powerhouse Wind, the Dunedin designers of the highly innovative Thinair turbine, have gained $368,000 from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, if they can complete matching this amount with private investment by 31st July. If you are interested in finding out more, email email@example.com or go to http://www.powerhousewind.co.nz
Tēnā koutou katoa,
Nicky Chapman (SDC’s newsletter compiler) firstname.lastname@example.org
Vivienne Bryner (SDC’s secretary) email@example.com