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Notice of Sustainable Dunedin City meeting


Local Food Network  – an update by Andy Barratt
Wednesday the 11 September, 5.30 pm, Otago Polytechnic, Room D101
Preceded by AGM of Sustainable Dunedin City Inc
Nominations signed by nominator and seconder for two chairpersons, secretary, treasurer and committee members should be sent to:
Jocelyn Harris, 28 City Road, Dunedin 9010 or
secretary@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz
by 5pm, 6 September 2013

The agenda is available as a PDF here: 2013_AGM Agendav2

Greetings all – please find below…

Details of upcoming events, petitions and thought-provoking/useful links
Monday 26 August 2013
Please send all requests to go onto to mailing list to me, Nicky Chapman, at newsletter@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz
1.   Sustainable Dunedin City action
5:30pm Wednesday, 11 September 2013 Sustainable Dunedin City AGM. Annual report and details will be circulated.
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

Thursday 29 August 5.30pm    Green Drinks METRO – Downstairs (on Lower Stuart St), Dunedin PLEASE NOTE NEW VENUE FOR THIS MONTH This month: Future-proofing Dunedin – where to from here?  By Jinty MacTavish
GreenDrinks Dunedin meet on the LAST Thursday of each month from 5.30pm. Everyone most welcome!
GreenDrinks Dunedin is part of the non-political international movement Green Drinks whose focus is to provide a relaxed space for people interested in sustainability and the environment to meet and get together.
Green Drinks Dunedin is hosted in Dunedin by Sustainable Dunedin City. For more information or to get on the mailing list please email Maureen Howard, GreenDrinks Dunedin Coordinator on mhoward@slingshot.co.nz

2.   Other dates
Every Thursday:    Otago Access Radio 105.4FM:
2.30- 3 pm    Eco Living in Action Dunedin’s Sustainable Living weekly radio show. Check out the latest podcasts on www.oar.org.nz

7 – 8pm    Sustainable Lens Radio, with Sam Mann, Anton Angelo and Shane Gallagher: http://sustainablelens.org/:

Monday 26 August 2013, 5.30pm    PUBLIC LECTURE. Enough: the challenges of a post-growth economy, Jeanette Fitzsimons Castle 1 Lecture Theatre, Otago University
5: 30pm Wed 28 August 2013    Permaculture Otago meeting* Talk: Seed fest – Bart Acres from Seed Symbiosis. At The Apartment, Dowling St (upper section; entrance through a car parking building)
1 Sept 2013    Warrington Community Market is held in the grounds of Warrington School on the first Sunday of the month from 11am to 1pm. This friendly market features local arts, crafts, produce, pakoras and more! Free stalls are available, ph 027 214 8294 for more information.
4pm, 5 Sept 2013    Does size really matter? The role of small farms in the future of New Zealand food production. CSAFE Seminar Room, 530 Castle Street – Please note new address for CSAFE Seminars.
September    Cosy Homes workshop, Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust (BRCT); details yet to be announced
8-15 Sept 2013    Conservation Week http://www.doc.govt.nz/getting-involved/events-and-awards/conservation-week/conservation-week-event-registration-form/

7pm 17 Sept 2013    Meet the ORC and DCC Candidates evening Castle 1 Lecture Theatre, Otago University.  Each candidate will reply to some pre-announced questions, and then the floor will be open for more. Bring your concerns and your friends! Organised by Sustainable Dunedin, Generation Zero, Otago Fish & Game and Forest & Bird
16-27 Sept 2013    Keep New Zealand Beautiful Clean Up Week(s) Registered people/groups will receive gloves and specially marked bags which can be put out with your regular kerbside rubbish collection between September 16 and September 27. Register by: -ringing Keep Dunedin Beautiful on 474 3401 or -emailing Keep Dunedin Beautiful on dethomso@dcc.govt.nz. Please include your name, number of bags required, address, day of kerbside collection and area you will clean
Starts Thursday, 3rd Oct 2013    New Four Season Organics Course. Contact Michelle Ritchie, on 03 465 7712 or by e-Mail michelle@organicbydesign.kiwi.nz  http://www.organicbydesign.kiwi.nz/

17-18 Oct 2013    Conservation Inc., with pre-conference workshops on 16 October. Registration is open for conference and spaces are filling fast. Register on-line at www.yellow-eyedpenguin.org.nz/conservationinc/register-online.

3.   Petitions, consultations and submissions
RMA: our people, our place The Government is proposing some changes which will make planning simpler and more consistent across the country. But it is also pursuing proposals described as “radical” by the PCE and others – to rewrite the Act’s core principles, weaken environmental protection, and further limit people’s participation. Instead, the balance of power will shift towards Ministers, developers, and private land owners. Learn more on our website about Forest & Bird’s concerns, and what you can do to take action, before it’s too late.

Constitutional review: www.ourconstitution.org.nz

Timeline for developing the DCC Energy Plan: http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/whats-on/energy-plan

9 August – 9 September, 2013    Draft Energy Plan public consultation
7 October, 2013    Energy Plan is endorsed by the DCC
Feedback on the DCC Second Generation District Plan is beginning. Check out roadshows and submission forms here.
http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/your-council/district-plan/2gp
http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/your-council/district-plan/2gp/have-your-say

World Heritage Area protection. Please sign: http://www.change.org/petitions/stop-plans-to-build-the-monorail-fiordland-link-experience-and-ruin-world-heritage-area

Avaaz petition to ‘save the world in the next 30 months’ (until the 2015 UN Summit on Climate Change in Paris): https://secure.avaaz.org/en/30_months_loc_donate/?slideshow

Avaaz petition to ‘Stop the Great Barrier Reef Train Wreck’. Plans are underway to build a giant coal complex in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef. http://www.avaaz.org/en/stop_the_great_barrier_reef_train_wreck_b/?bbeEgbb&v=27126

4.   Food for thought and (good) fuel for action
•         Cohousing Opportunities: An urban co-housing project is going ahead in Dunedin.  A site within walking distance from the Octagon, which is flat, green and sunny, on a bus route and has local shops and medical centre just around the corner is being purchased by the group and we are needing more people to be involved both a future cohousers and or as ethical investors. If you are interested and would like to talk to someone about it, please phone Catherine Spencer at 453 6043. Visit the Earthsong website, www.earthsong.org.nz  or google “cohousing” for general information about cohousing.
•         Global report highlights climate shifts 2012 was among the 10 warmest years on record according to the latest State of the Climate report released this week by the American Meteorological Society the peer-reviewed 260-page report.An interactive map of extreme events in 2012 was released alongside the report, available here.
•         Climate impacts for NZ outlined What does a changing climate really mean for New Zealand? A new report from the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, Prof Sir Peter Gluckman. You can read the full report here, and a round up of media coverage is available on the Science Media Centre website.
•         Get the overall picture of the Denniston plateau legal battles: http://www.forestandbird.org.nz/campaigns/save-the-denniston-plateau-ours-not-mine
•         New book: SNAKE OIL: How Fracking’s False Promise of Plenty Imperils Our Future.by PCI Senior Fellow Richard Heinberg, SNAKE OIL casts a critical eye on the environmental impacts of new oil and gas production and on the industry hype that has hijacked America’s energy conversation.
•         See also:
o   http://coalactionnetworkaotearoa.wordpress.com/category/denniston/
o   http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/Bathurst_Resources
o   http://sustainableactioncommunities.wordpress.com/
o   http://www.blueskinpower.co.nz/
o   http://www.celsias.co.nz/
o   http://www.theguardian.com/environment/video/2013/aug/11/texas-drought-fracking-video

From 350.org
In Istanbul, 500 climate activists from 134 countries came together for “Phase 1” of Global Power Shift. See this inspiring two-minute video:
Now we’re starting “Phase 2” of Global Power Shift: sparking a new wave of climate action all over the planet. see watch and share the video

From 350 Aotearoa Team
We’ve been working on the details of our new Go Fossil Free campaign. We’re asking big institutions to do the right thing and divest our money from fossil fuels. This campaign is already proving successful around the world – universities, cities and institutions are committing to divest from fossil fuels. It is time to make it happen in New Zealand.

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Tēnā koutou katoa,
Nicky Chapman (SDC’s newsletter compiler) newsletter@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz
Vivienne Bryner (SDC’s secretary) secretary@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

Details of upcoming events, petitions and thought-provoking/useful links

Monday 12 August 2013

Please send all requests to go onto to mailing list to me, Nicky Chapman, at newsletter@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

 1.   Sustainable Dunedin City action

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

 

Thursday 29 August 5.30pm

Green Drinks Dunedin, Downstairs, Metro, Lower Stuart St

GreenDrinks Dunedin meet on the LAST Thursday of each month from 5.30pm. Everyone most welcome!

GreenDrinks Dunedin is part of the non-political international movement Green Drinks whose focus is to provide a relaxed space for people interested in sustainability and the environment to meet and get together.

Green Drinks Dunedin is hosted in Dunedin by Sustainable Dunedin City. For more information or to get on the mailing list please email Maureen Howard, GreenDrinks Dunedin Coordinator on mhoward@slingshot.co.nz

 

 2.   Other dates

Every Thursday:

Otago Access Radio 105.4FM:

2.30- 3 pm

 

Eco Living in Action Dunedin’s Sustainable Living weekly radio show. Check out the latest podcasts on www.oar.org.nz

7 – 8pm

Sustainable Lens Radio, with Sam Mann, Anton Angelo and Shane Gallagher: http://sustainablelens.org/:

 

14 August

1:30pm to 5pm

Seminar, Focus on Sustainability, Knox Church Hall. Hosted by Labour’s environment spokesperson Hon. Maryan Street, and Dunedin MPs Clare Curran and David Clark. Gold coin donation.

Maryan will introduce and conclude the afternoon. Afternoon tea served. Other speakers:

Dr Janet Stephenson, Director Kā Rakahau o te Ao Tūroa Centre for Sustainability: Agriculture, Food, Energy, Environment (CSAFE), University of Otago. Topic: “Energy Cultures – insights from research on household energy behaviour”

Dr Sue Bidrose, Sustainability advisor, Dunedin City Council Topic: “Sustainability and Dunedin”

Harriet Leadbetter & other representatives of Generation Zero Topic: “Transport Solutions

Please RSVP to georgia.knowles@parliament.govt.nz by Monday 12 August, 5pm

 

22 Aug 2013, 4pm

The application of Permaculture in the world we live in, Jon Foote. CSAFE Seminar Room 530 Castle Street

Monday 26 August 2013, 5.30pm

PUBLIC LECTURE. Enough: the challenges of a post-growth economy, Jeanette Fitzsimons Castle 1 Lecture Theatre, Otago University

 

September

Cosy Homes workshop, Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust (BRCT); details yet to be announced

8-15 Sept 2013

Conservation Week http://www.doc.govt.nz/getting-involved/events-and-awards/conservation-week/conservation-week-event-registration-form/

 

Starts Thursday 12th Sept 2013

New Four Season Organics Course. Contact Michelle Ritchie, on 03 465 7712 or by e-Mail michelle@organicbydesign.kiwi.nz.    http://www.organicbydesign.kiwi.nz/

 

 3.   Petitions, consultations and submissions

 

Constitutional review: www.ourconstitution.org.nz

Timeline for developing the DCC Energy Plan: http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/whats-on/energy-plan

 

9 August – 9 September, 2013

Draft Energy Plan public consultation

 

7 October, 2013

Energy Plan is endorsed by the DCC

Avaaz petition to ‘save the world in the next 30 months’ (until the 2015 UN Summit on Climate Change in Paris): https://secure.avaaz.org/en/30_months_loc_donate/?slideshow

Avaaz petition to ‘Stop the Great Barrier Reef Train Wreck’. Plans are underway to build a giant coal complex in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef. http://www.avaaz.org/en/stop_the_great_barrier_reef_train_wreck_b/?bbeEgbb&v=27126

 

 

 4.   Food for thought and (good) fuel for action

 

·         Climate impacts for NZ outlined What does a changing climate really mean for New Zealand? A new report from the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, Prof Sir Peter Gluckman. You can read the full report here, and a round up of media coverage is available on the Science Media Centre website.

·         Get the overall picture of the Denniston plateau legal battles: http://www.forestandbird.org.nz/campaigns/save-the-denniston-plateau-ours-not-mine

·         New book: SNAKE OIL: How Fracking’s False Promise of Plenty Imperils Our Future.by PCI Senior Fellow Richard Heinberg, SNAKE OIL casts a critical eye on the environmental impacts of new oil and gas production and on the industry hype that has hijacked America’s energy conversation.

·         See also:

o   http://coalactionnetworkaotearoa.wordpress.com/category/denniston/

o   http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/Bathurst_Resources

o   http://sustainableactioncommunities.wordpress.com/

o   http://www.blueskinpower.co.nz/

 

From 350.org

In Istanbul, 500 climate activists from 134 countries came together for “Phase 1” of Global Power Shift. See this inspiring two-minute video:

Now we’re starting “Phase 2” of Global Power Shift: sparking a new wave of climate action all over the planet. see watch and share the video

 

From 350 Aotearoa Team

We’ve been working on the details of our new Go Fossil Free campaign. We’re asking big institutions to do the right thing and divest our money from fossil fuels. This campaign is already proving successful around the world – universities, cities and institutions are committing to divest from fossil fuels. It is time to make it happen in New Zealand.

————————–

Tēnā koutou katoa,

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

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

 

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