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Browsing Posts published in October, 2013

Kia ora all
So many more important things on we really needed to do a new newsletter – new events as highlighted below. I’ll hope you accept my apologies for filling your inbox because of the interest of the content!

Details of upcoming events, petitions and thought-provoking/useful links
Friday 25 October 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 31 October 6.45 pm Please note new time for this month only

Green Drinks METRO – Downstairs (on Lower Stuart St), Dunedin PLEASE NOTE NEW VENUE

GreenDrinks Dunedin meet on the LAST Thursday of each month. Everyone most welcome! This month is at the later time of 6.45 so that people can also go to Jim Salinger’s lecture at 5.30 (see below).

Deep Sea Oil Drilling in Dunedin – Concerns – and Positive Alternatives!  By Rosemary Penwarden (Oil Free Otago) followed by Neville Auton (Energy Advisor and Consultant). At GreenDrinks Dunedin this month we will hear from Rosemary Penwarden, spokesperson for Oil Free Otago, who will provide us with an concise overview of some of the implications of the proposed drilling off Dunedin. Her talk will be followed by a short presentation by Neville Auton who is currently an Energy Consultant here in Dunedin (highly respected for his previous innovative work as Energy Manager for the Dunedin City Council). Neville will outline some of the positive directions that Dunedin can take as a forward thinking city in terms of Energy resilience from renewables, providing local economic benefits and work creation. There will be lots of opportunity for discussion.

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/:

1st Sunday of month

Warrington Community Market is held in the grounds of Warrington School 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.

25 – 27 October

ScienceTeller Festival 2013

Regent Theatre and the Otago Museum

ScienceTeller is now a regular event on the Dunedin calendar (the inaugural and very successful event was held in November 2011). It is run from the University of Otago’s Centre for Science Communication on a biennial basis (in alternate years to the NZ International Science Festival).

The heart of ScienceTeller 2013 revolves around performances and talks about science filmmaking, science writing, science displays and other ways of telling stories about science.

Registration for the whole festival is $150 per delegate ($115 for students or Otago Alumni)

Subject to availability, some events will be open to the public; for the rest, you need to register!

www.ScienceTeller.com

Sunday 27th Oct. 9.30 ish onwards

Living Legends Working Bee – Orokonui Estuary, Waitati – Sunday 27 October

Last Sunday of every month there is a working bee at the Living Legends planting site at the Orokonui Scenic Reserve. It’s a casual affair – we turn up at 9.30 ish for a few hours weeding and a catch up. Why not join in? We could always do with an extra pair of hands.

Contact: Lucy Hardy at DOC, 03 474 7094 or lhardy@doc.govt.nz

Tuesday, 29 October, 10:00am – 3:30pm

Sustainable Oils for Health and Energy

Hutton Lecture Theatre

Jointly organised by the Malaysian Palm Oil Council, the Otago/Southland branch of the New Zealand Institute of Food Science and Technology and Department of Food Science, University of Otago…

Wednesday 30 October 2013

600pm – 8.30pm

Slimming our Waste and screening of Trashed documentary

Otaru Room, Civic Centre

This one hour presentation will look at the impacts of waste and landfills in NZ, where our recycling goes, the difference between all those plastic recycling numbers, how plastics are made, alternatives to landfill, and options for minimising our waste.

The documentary Trashed will screen afterwards. (98 minutes duration) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UM73CEvwMY

Facilitated by: Catherine Irvine-Waste Strategy Officer, Dunedin City Council and Rachael Goddard-Environmental & Sustainability Manager, Waikato University.

Biography

Rachael Goddard has a Masters in Science, post graduate diploma in Environmental Science, and a Bachelor in Environmental Science and Technology.

Before joining Waikato University as the Environmental and Sustainability Manager, she ran her own environmental consultancy for ten years, during which she managed a broad range of environmental projects, lead environmental initiatives, developed educational resources, wrote children’s science books, delivered workshops, and guided and audited businesses and schools to be more sustainable.

RSVP: Cath Irvine to confirm your place by 5.00pm Friday 25 October via cirvine@dcc.govt.nz

Thursday 31st October 5:30pm

Lecture from NZ Climate Scientists Dr. Jim Salinger

College of Education auditorium, University of Otago

Dr Jim Salinger’s new book, ‘Living in a warmer world’, brings together some of the world’s leading scientists to find out how a changing climate will affect the world. This lecture will highlight significantly new information on how a hotter planet is affecting our food supplies, fisheries and agriculture, access to fresh water and public health. From these specifics, a clearer picture emerges of how our planet is changing and how this will affect our lives. Jim will discuss what we are doing now to help plan for – and adapt to – our future, including examining the political and ethical issues around making changes on both national and global scales.

JOIN OUR NOVEMBER 2013 Fuel Economy Challenge

Our November Challenge is to reduce our vehicle fuel consumption! As well as taking up the challenge it would be great to hear from you on the SAC website as you share your tips and experiences on this topic. I hope you decide to join in on this challenge – its fun to do it as a group. Before you start the challenge I suggest that you get an idea of your typical fuel consumption over the next few weeks so that you have something to compare it with when you start the challenge in November. Please check it out on the SAC website at www.sustainableactioncommunities.wordpress

Friday 1 November

Submissions close for Council consultation on oil and gas exploration (the Government’s 2014 Block offer)

The Petroleum Block Offer is the way the Government enables petroleum companies to bid for exploration rights to New Zealand’s oil and gas resources. This is the second year of the Block Offer process, which is run by New Zealand Petroleum and Minerals (NZP&M), a department within the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

The Dunedin City Council is seeking community input as it prepares a response to the 2014 Petroleum Block Offer. The Government has brought forward its consultation, which now closes on 14 November.

The decision by NZP&M to run its consultation on the Block Offer over the local body elections period was unexpected and Dunedin, along with several other local authorities, has pointed out this makes it difficult for councils to make a democratic submission on an issue of significance.

Mayor of Dunedin Dave Cull says the DCC is aware this is a topic that has generated significant community discussion. There a wide range of views, from how many jobs might be created to the impact of fossil fuels on climate change.

“We are keen to hear from our community and invite residents to tell us what they think.”

The DCC made a submission last year and intends to use this as the starting point for this year’s submission. Community views will be considered and all submissions received will be attached as an appendix to the formal DCC submission to NZP&M.

More details at http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/council-online/submitting-on/petroleum-block-offer. Submissions can be emailed to policy@dcc.govt.nz (please put Block Offer in the subject line), posted to PO Box 5045, Moray Place, Dunedin 9058, or dropped off at the Civic Centre.

Friday 1st November 10.00-11.30am

Making Sustainability Successful- Tools To Implementing Environmental Sustainability

This session will include a presentation and open floor discussion on how businesses are implementing sustainability, barriers and tools to achieving it.

We will illustrate what two NZ universities are doing in terms of greening up campus, engaging the community and finding solutions to environmental issues. Reduction of waste, worm farms, community plantings, communication, branding, and other tools for making sustainability successful, will be explored. We will also discuss how these tools are transferable across other organisations.

Facilitated by: Catherine Irvine- Waste Strategy Officer, Dunedin City Council, Hilary Phipps- Sustainability Coordinator, Otago University and Rachael Goddard- Environmental & Sustainability Manager, Waikato University.

G106, Ground Floor, G Block Archway, Union St East, Otago Polytechnic

Fri 1 Nov, 6.30pm

Avoiding Global Collapse: lecture by Paul Ehrlich Professor of Population Studies in the department of Biological Sciences at Stanford University and president of Stanford’s Center for Conservation Biology

How a combination of cultural and genetic evolution has taken us to the brink. Can we evolve our way out of it?

Renowned ecologist Paul Ehrlich is Bing Professor of Population Studies at Stanford University and president of Stanford’s Centre for Conservation Biology. Professor Ehrlich will discuss the ongoing legacy of Allan Wilson in establishing humanity’s place in the natural world, and in the growing importance of understanding cultural evolution in influencing how Homo sapiens are changing that world and its own life-support systems. He will explain how the two kinds of evolution have interacted to create the human predicament – the imminent threat of a collapse of civilization. He will then discuss the evolutionary steps necessary to avoid that dénouement.

St David’s Lecture Theatre

Lecture free but registration required: https://eiconferences.massey.ac.nz/ei/getdemo.ei?id=107&s=_4FG0Z8IT

Mon  4  Nov      5.30-6.30pm

Fairtrade welcome to banana growers

University of Otago, 364 Leith Walk

Join the University of Otago in welcoming Wilson Sanchez & his daughter Kelly to Dunedin as we celebrate becoming the 1st Fair Trade University in New Zealand. We’ll show you how consumers buying All Good Fairtrade Certified Bananas, have helped to change the lives of Wilson & Kelly and growers in the El Guabo Association of Small Banana Producers Cooperative in Ecuador.

RSVP to: ps.sustainability@otago.ac.nz

Wednesday 6 November 1pm – 5pm

Education for Sustainability in the Senior Secondary Curriculum and NCEA Workshop

Toitū Otago Settlers Museum

Bridget Glasgow, an Enviroschools Facilitator and Secondary schools Advisor with Auckland Council, will explore EfS in senior secondary schools using the EfS achievement standards to support student action. She will also share different course outlines and assessment resources to critique and inspire planning in schools. Contact Jennie Upton – jupton@dcc.govt.nz.

6 November, 6-8pm

Let’s Talk Divestment! Public Forum, Wellington

Lecture Theatre 2, Rutherford House, 23 Lambton Quay, Wellington

What is divestment? What will it contribute to the movement for a healthy climate and sustainable future? What are the alternatives and how can we demand divestment of institutions?

Speakers:

Dr Russel Norman- Co-Leader of the Green Party of Aotearoa

Rod Oram (video-link)- Business Journalist and Commentator

Ashlee Gross- 350 Aotearoa National Coordinator

Saturday 9 November 8am – 12.30pm

Enviroschools Otago Farmers Market Stall –

Come and promote your school’s Enviroschools actions – sell products, showcase ideas, actions and practices. This time get baking with Fair Trade ingredients and sell your baking at the market.

Wednesday 13 Nov 7pm-9pm

Public meeting to launch Bus Go Dunedin – a local public transport support and lobby group

Public meeting to launch Bus Go Dunedin: Bus Users and Supporters Group Otepoti Dunedin seek founding members and elect officers to the organisation.

Former High Street School. High St, Dunedin

CONTACTS: Alex King <alex@king.net.nz>

WEBSITE: busgodunedin.wikia.com

18 November

Nominations for Otago marine protection forum close

http://beehive.govt.nz/release/forum-set-look-otago-marine-protection?utm_source=HEADS-UP+18-24++October+2013&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=SMC+Heads-Up

Dr Nick Smith is calling for “people on the 14-member forum with strong links to the southern marine region and who are able to negotiate, facilitate, compromise and work well with others. It’s important we get a wide representation of the various interested parties, as well as a good geographical spread.’

Nomination forms are available at www.doc.govt.nz  and www.mpi.govt.nz  and at DOC and MPI offices in Otago, Southland and Canterbury.

10, 11 and 12 January 2014.

Oil Free Otago are hosting Aotearoa New Zealand’s first OIL FREE FUTURE Summit in Dunedin, to coincide with Anadarko’s planned deep sea exploratory well off our coast. https://www.facebook.com/events/189951947859461/

    3.   Petitions, consultations and submissions

The Dunedin City Council is currently consulting the public on oil and gas exploration (the Government’s 2014 Block offer), with the submission period closing on November 1st. More details at http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/council-online/submitting-on/petroleum-block-offer. Submissions can also be emailed to policy@dcc.govt.nz (please put Block Offer in the subject line), posted to PO Box 5045, Moray Place, Dunedin 9058, or dropped off at the Civic Centre.

The WISE response appeal to Parliament for a New Zealand risk assessment: economic, energy & climate, business continuity, ecological security, genuine wellbeing. Go to  http://wiseresponse.org.nz/.

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.

Timeline for developing the DCC Energy Plan:

The timeline for this plan has been extended – go to http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/whats-on/energy-plan

DCC Second Generation District Plan some consultation is finished but work ongoing:

http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/your-council/district-plan/2gp

Protest against Westpac financing the Denniston mine: e Westpac to call in its loan and end its other financing of Bathurst Resources. You can add your signature to a letter to Westpac here: http://act.350.org/letter/Westpac/

Greenpeace Get Free campaign again deep sea drilling  Click here to Join The Movement!

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

350’s Go Fossil Free: http://gofossilfree.org

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

·         Denniston Plateau decision – we can still call on our banks, superannuation funds and governments to stop ‘investing’ in the destruction of our children’s future. (again, see http://act.350.org/letter/Westpac)

·         Ozzie bushfires and climate change: http://paulgilding.com/cockatoo-chronicles/lets-talk-about-bushfires-climate-change-and-coal.html

·         Greenpeace’s oil spill scenario: Science Media Centre’s reporting: http://www.sciencemediacentre.co.nz/category/in-the-news/

·         Lecture by the OECD Secretary-General, Mr. Angel Gurría, London, 9 October 2013 on ‘The climate challenge: Achieving zero emissions’:

http://www.oecd.org/about/secretary-general/the-climate-challenge-achieving-zero-emissions.htm

·         nef (the new economics foundation) is the UK’s leading think tank promoting social, economic and environmental justice. Our purpose is to bring about a Great Transition – to transform the economy so that it works for people and the planet: http://www.neweconomics.org

·         NZ Greens predict massive increase in New Zealand’s projected emissions: http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1310/S00326/massive-increase-in-new-zealands-projected-emission.htm

·         Solid Energy’s lignite briquettes project in Mataura far from finished with – may simply be sold to overseas interests, according to Ross Louthean of NZ Resources website 21 October: http://nzresources.com/sections.aspx?id=13

·         Los Angeles Times takes a stand against climate misinformation on its letters page: http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2013/10/newspapers-climate-denial-letters-times

·         Rod Oram’s excellent article in the Sunday Star-Times 19 Oct: on five good reasons why Bathurst Resources should not mine the Denniston Plateau for coal: http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/9302439/Digging-deeper-on-coal He refers to the the joint CANA/350 Aotearoa campaign, launched this week, to pressure Westpac to call in its loan and end its other financing of Bathurst Resources. You can add your signature to a letter to Westpac here: http://act.350.org/letter/Westpac/

·         Pete Hodgson on climate change and democracy: http://www.brct.org.nz/cuppa-tea/

·         BRCT are are seeking a motivated individual to investigate the establishment and compliance issues associated with a Savings Pool for Blueskin. Such a pool will be autonomous (i.e. stand alone and not dependent on any community organisation) and they function as simple ways for individuals to band together to pool funds to make things happen in their community. email waitatienergy@gmail.com if you are interested or want to know more.

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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

Tuesday 22 October 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 31 October 5.30pm

Green Drinks METRO – Downstairs (on Lower Stuart St), Dunedin PLEASE NOTE NEW VENUE

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/:

1st Sunday of month

Warrington Community Market is held in the grounds of Warrington School 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.

25 – 27 October

ScienceTeller Festival 2013

Regent Theatre and the Otago Museum

ScienceTeller is now a regular event on the Dunedin calendar (the inaugural and very successful event was held in November 2011). It is run from the University of Otago’s Centre for Science Communication on a biennial basis (in alternate years to the NZ International Science Festival).

The heart of ScienceTeller 2013 revolves around performances and talks about science filmmaking, science writing, science displays and other ways of telling stories about science.

Registration for the whole festival is $150 per delegate ($115 for students or Otago Alumni)

Subject to availability, some events will be open to the public; for the rest, you need to register!

www.ScienceTeller.com

Sunday 27th Oct. 9.30 ish onwards

Living Legends Working Bee – Orokonui Estuary, Waitati – Sunday 27 October

Last Sunday of every month there is a working bee at the Living Legends planting site at the Orokonui Scenic Reserve. It’s a casual affair – we turn up at 9.30 ish for a few hours weeding and a catch up. Why not join in? We could always do with an extra pair of hands.

Contact: Lucy Hardy at DOC, 03 474 7094 or lhardy@doc.govt.nz

Tuesday, 29 October, 10:00am – 3:30pm

Sustainable Oils for Health and Energy

Hutton Lecture Theatre

Jointly organised by the Malaysian Palm Oil Council, the Otago/Southland branch of the New Zealand Institute of Food Science and Technology and Department of Food Science, University of Otago…

Wednesday 30 October 2013

600pm – 8.30pm

Watching Our Waste presentation and screening of Trashed documentary

Otaru Room, Civic Centre

An invitation from the Solid Waste team at DCC

“As decision makers, leaders and advocates for environmental protection within our community we encourage you attend what will be a stimulating presentation given by the award winning educator, writer and Environmental Scientist Rachael Goddard.

In addition to this you are invited to stay on after the presentation and watch Trashed the must see documentary which exposes and addresses waste related issues in the global context. Popcorn, refreshments will be provided (just in case informing you all about waste wasn’t enticing enough!) – limited seats available so RSVP today to secure your place.’

RSVP: Cath Irvine to confirm your place by 5.00pm Friday 25 October via cirvine@dcc.govt.nz

Trashed trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UM73CEvwMY

Thursday 31st October 5:30pm

Lecture from NZ Climate Scientists Dr. Jim Salinger

College of Education auditorium, University of Otago

Dr Jim Salinger’s new book, ‘Living in a warmer world’, brings together some of the world’s leading scientists to find out how a changing climate will affect the world. This lecture will highlight significantly new information on how a hotter planet is affecting our food supplies, fisheries and agriculture, access to fresh water and public health. From these specifics, a clearer picture emerges of how our planet is changing and how this will affect our lives. Jim will discuss what we are doing now to help plan for – and adapt to – our future, including examining the political and ethical issues around making changes on both national and global scales.

JOIN OUR NOVEMBER 2013 Fuel Economy Challenge

Our November Challenge is to reduce our vehicle fuel consumption! As well as taking up the challenge it would be great to hear from you on the SAC website as you share your tips and experiences on this topic. I hope you decide to join in on this challenge – its fun to do it as a group. Before you start the challenge I suggest that you get an idea of your typical fuel consumption over the next few weeks so that you have something to compare it with when you start the challenge in November. Please check it out on the SAC website at www.sustainableactioncommunities.wordpress

1 November

Submissions close for Council consultation on oil and gas exploration (the Government’s 2014 Block offer)

The Petroleum Block Offer is the way the Government enables petroleum companies to bid for exploration rights to New Zealand’s oil and gas resources. This is the second year of the Block Offer process, which is run by New Zealand Petroleum and Minerals (NZP&M), a department within the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

The Dunedin City Council is seeking community input as it prepares a response to the 2014 Petroleum Block Offer. The Government has brought forward its consultation, which now closes on 14 November.

The decision by NZP&M to run its consultation on the Block Offer over the local body elections period was unexpected and Dunedin, along with several other local authorities, has pointed out this makes it difficult for councils to make a democratic submission on an issue of significance.

Mayor of Dunedin Dave Cull says the DCC is aware this is a topic that has generated significant community discussion. There a wide range of views, from how many jobs might be created to the impact of fossil fuels on climate change.

“We are keen to hear from our community and invite residents to tell us what they think.”

The DCC made a submission last year and intends to use this as the starting point for this year’s submission. Community views will be considered and all submissions received will be attached as an appendix to the formal DCC submission to NZP&M.

More details at http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/council-online/submitting-on/petroleum-block-offer. Submissions can be emailed to policy@dcc.govt.nz (please put Block Offer in the subject line), posted to PO Box 5045, Moray Place, Dunedin 9058, or dropped off at the Civic Centre.

Wednesday 6 November 1pm – 5pm

Education for Sustainability in the Senior Secondary Curriculum and NCEA Workshop

Toitū Otago Settlers Museum

Bridget Glasgow, an Enviroschools Facilitator and Secondary schools Advisor with Auckland Council, will explore EfS in senior secondary schools using the EfS achievement standards to support student action. She will also share different course outlines and assessment resources to critique and inspire planning in schools. Contact Jennie Upton – jupton@dcc.govt.nz.

6 November, 6-8pm

Let’s Talk Divestment! Public Forum, Wellington

Lecture Theatre 2, Rutherford House, 23 Lambton Quay, Wellington

What is divestment? What will it contribute to the movement for a healthy climate and sustainable future? What are the alternatives and how can we demand divestment of institutions?

Speakers:

Dr Russel Norman- Co-Leader of the Green Party of Aotearoa

Rod Oram (video-link)- Business Journalist and Commentator

Ashlee Gross- 350 Aotearoa National Coordinator

Saturday 9 November 8am – 12.30pm

Enviroschools Otago Farmers Market Stall –

Come and promote your school’s Enviroschools actions – sell products, showcase ideas, actions and practices. This time get baking with Fair Trade ingredients and sell your baking at the market.

18 November

Nominations for Otago marine protection forum close

http://beehive.govt.nz/release/forum-set-look-otago-marine-protection?utm_source=HEADS-UP+18-24++October+2013&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=SMC+Heads-Up

Dr Nick Smith is calling for “people on the 14-member forum with strong links to the southern marine region and who are able to negotiate, facilitate, compromise and work well with others. It’s important we get a wide representation of the various interested parties, as well as a good geographical spread.’

Nomination forms are available at www.doc.govt.nz and www.mpi.govt.nz and at DOC and MPI offices in Otago, Southland and Canterbury.

10, 11 and 12 January 2014.

Oil Free Otago are hosting Aotearoa New Zealand’s first OIL FREE FUTURE Summit in Dunedin, to coincide with Anadarko’s planned deep sea exploratory well off our coast. https://www.facebook.com/events/189951947859461/

3. Petitions, consultations and submissions

The Dunedin City Council is currently consulting the public on oil and gas exploration (the Government’s 2014 Block offer), with the submission period closing on November 1st. More details at http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/council-online/submitting-on/petroleum-block-offer. Submissions can also be emailed to policy@dcc.govt.nz (please put Block Offer in the subject line), posted to PO Box 5045, Moray Place, Dunedin 9058, or dropped off at the Civic Centre.

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.

Timeline for developing the DCC Energy Plan:

The timeline for this plan has been extended – go to http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/whats-on/energy-plan

DCC Second Generation District Plan some consultation is finished but work ongoing:

http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/your-council/district-plan/2gp

Protest against Westpac financing the Denniston mine: e Westpac to call in its loan and end its other financing of Bathurst Resources. You can add your signature to a letter to Westpac here: http://act.350.org/letter/Westpac/

Greenpeace Get Free campaign again deep sea drilling Click here to Join The Movement!

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

350’s Go Fossil Free: http://gofossilfree.org


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

· Lecture by the OECD Secretary-General, Mr. Angel Gurría, London, 9 October 2013 on ‘The climate challenge: Achieving zero emissions’:
http://www.oecd.org/about/secretary-general/the-climate-challenge-achieving-zero-emissions.htm

· nef (the new economics foundation) is the UK’s leading think tank promoting social, economic and environmental justice. Our purpose is to bring about a Great Transition – to transform the economy so that it works for people and the planet: http://www.neweconomics.org

· NZ Greens predict massive increase in New Zealand’s projected emissions: http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1310/S00326/massive-increase-in-new-zealands-projected-emission.htm

· Solid Energy’s lignite briquettes project in Mataura far from finished with – may simply be sold to overseas interests, according to Ross Louthean of NZ Resources website 21 October: http://nzresources.com/sections.aspx?id=13

· Los Angeles Times takes a stand against climate misinformation on its letters page: http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2013/10/newspapers-climate-denial-letters-times

· Rod Oram’s excellent article in the Sunday Star-Times 19 Oct: on five good reasons why Bathurst Resources should not mine the Denniston Plateau for coal: http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/9302439/Digging-deeper-on-coal He refers to the the joint CANA/350 Aotearoa campaign, launched this week, to pressure Westpac to call in its loan and end its other financing of Bathurst Resources. You can add your signature to a letter to Westpac here: http://act.350.org/letter/Westpac/

· Pete Hodgson on climate change and democracy: http://www.brct.org.nz/cuppa-tea/

· BRCT are are seeking a motivated individual to investigate the establishment and compliance issues associated with a Savings Pool for Blueskin. Such a pool will be autonomous (i.e. stand alone and not dependent on any community organisation) and they function as simple ways for individuals to band together to pool funds to make things happen in their community. email waitatienergy@gmail.com if you are interested or want to know more.

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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

 Dear all – hope you’ve been able to garden this weekend!

Many thanks to John Cocks of SDC who has been putting the newsletter together for the past ten weeks while I’ve been teaching fulltime. He’s done a wonderful job while also being very busy.

Please let me know if you wanted info on here and it’s not below – eg seem to have lost a local food-related email! Apologies.

Nicky for SDC

Details of upcoming events, petitions and thought-provoking/useful links
Monday 7 October 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 31 October 5.30pm

Green Drinks METRO – Downstairs (on Lower Stuart St), Dunedin PLEASE NOTE NEW VENUE

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/:

1st Sunday of month

Warrington Community Market is held in the grounds of Warrington School 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.

7pm, Thursday 10th Oct 2013

Royal Society 2013 Rutherford Memorial Lecturer Sir John Sulston: People and the Planet, St David Lecture Theatre | Visit our website for full details

The impact of the growing human population, and the increasing consumption of resources by the richer countries, is bringing us to the limits of what the Earth can sustain. Choices made now – ethical, legal, social, and scientific – will determine the future of humanity. Shall we choose to flourish or merely survive?

Sir John Sulston FRS was jointly awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 2002. From 2010 to 2012, he led the Royal Society of London’s international working group People and the Planet, studying the links between global population and consumption and the implications for a finite planet.

Tickets for this talk cost $15 for general admission (discounted to $10 for members of the Royal Society of New Zealand; find out about becoming a member). Students with ID are free.

Purchase tickets (or register for student tickets) from our website www.royalsociety.org.nz/planet

Enquiries: 04 472 7421 or lectures@royalsociety.org.nz

Saturday 12 October 1pm – 5pm

Come along and learn about regular composting, Bokashi and worm farms.

This is a hands-on workshop led by Michelle Ritchie of Organic by Design. $10 per person. Contact Michelle Ritchie – 029 771 0212 michelle@organicbydesign.kiwi.net. Proudly supported by the Dunedin City Council

Saturday 12 October 10am till 1pm

Aramoana Conservation Trust

The World Botanic Gardens Congress participants are visiting the Aramoana Arboretum and Saltmarsh boardwalk. So the Aramoana community needs help with weed control and track maintenance. Please bring own gloves and tools. Cup of tea or coffee provided. Please BYO lunch.

Meet at the Aramoana Hall.

Contact: Bradley Curnow 03 477 2244 or bradleycurnow@yahoo.com.au

Tuesday 15 October 5:30pm

Dunedin Forest and Bird Meeting

Room 215, 2nd floor, Zoology Benham Building 346, Gt. King St. Dunedin

“Campbell Island Expedition 2012” by Cheryl Pullar, Department of Conservation ranger.

Contact: Mark Hanger dunedin.branch@forestandbird.org.nz

15-16th October, 2013

Sustainable Living Courses start – Enrol now

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. These adult community courses are free – maximum 14 people per course. Contact Maureen Howard on 4739967 or email mhoward@slingshot.co.nz

Mornington evening course, start date: Tuesday 15 October, 7pm -9pm, Mornington Methodist Community Room

City course, start date, Wednesday 16 October, 7pm-9pm, Church of Christ Community Room (corner Filleul and St Andrew Streets).

Thursday 17 October

Colinswood Bush Working Bee

Help with weed control and track maintenance at this beautiful piece of native forest on the Otago Peninsula. If you would like to help out contact Paul Pope 027 4668446 or spiralis@xtra.co.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.

Sunday 20 October

Meet: 9am

Dunedin Branch Forest and Bird Field Trip –

Shag Point and the Matakaea Scenic Reserve

Meet: 9am, Botany Department car park, cnr Gt. King & Union Sts, Dunedin

Intertidal life on a rocky shore and amazing rock platforms and pools. Easy Grade

Cost $15. The cost given is towards shared transport.

Contact Mark Hanger dunedin.branch@forestandbird.org.nz

Monday, 21 October, 5:30pm – 6:30pm

Get off the grass: Kickstarting New Zealand’s innovation economy – Professor Shaun Hendy, FRSNZ

Burns 1 Lecture Theatre, University of Otago

25 – 27 October

ScienceTeller Festival 2013

Regent Theatre and the Otago Museum

ScienceTeller is now a regular event on the Dunedin calendar (the inaugural and very successful event was held in November 2011). It is run from the University of Otago’s Centre for Science Communication on a biennial basis (in alternate years to the NZ International Science Festival).

The heart of ScienceTeller 2013 revolves around performances and talks about science filmmaking, science writing, science displays and other ways of telling stories about science.

Registration for the whole festival is $150 per delegate ($115 for students or Otago Alumni)

Subject to availability, some events will be open to the public; for the rest, you need to register!

www.ScienceTeller.com

Sunday 27th Oct. 9.30 ish onwards

Living Legends Working Bee – Orokonui Estuary, Waitati – Sunday 27 October

Last Sunday of every month there is a working bee at the Living Legends planting site at the Orokonui Scenic Reserve. It’s a casual affair – we turn up at 9.30 ish for a few hours weeding and a catch up. Why not join in? We could always do with an extra pair of hands.

Contact: Lucy Hardy at DOC, 03 474 7094 or lhardy@doc.govt.nz

Wednesday 6 November 1pm – 5pm

Education for Sustainability in the Senior Secondary Curriculum and NCEA Workshop

Toitū Otago Settlers Museum

Bridget Glasgow, an Enviroschools Facilitator and Secondary schools Advisor with Auckland Council, will explore EfS in senior secondary schools using the EfS achievement standards to support student action. She will also share different course outlines and assessment resources to critique and inspire planning in schools. Contact Jennie Upton – jupton@dcc.govt.nz.

Saturday 9 November 8am – 12.30pm

Enviroschools Otago Farmers Market Stall –

Come and promote your school’s Enviroschools actions – sell products, showcase ideas, actions and practices. This time get baking with Fair Trade ingredients and sell your baking at the market.

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

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

Greenpeace Get Free campaign again deep sea drilling  Click here to Join The Movement!

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

350’s Go Fossil Free: http://gofossilfree.org

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

·         IPCC climate report: http://www.climatechange2013.org/images/uploads/WGIAR5-SPM_Approved27Sep2013.pdf

·         Comments from The Guardian

Burnshttp://click.mail.theguardian.com/?qs=0a5bc793dee8109c741c17b25b869e1433b6877e4a0799fa344878f273639208

http://click.mail.theguardian.com/?qs=0a5bc793dee8109cc7dcf3f3645ae290eaea0c25f93e6747e53c82d44973a1c5

·         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.

·         Five out of five Anglican dioceses go fossil free: http://coalactionnetworkaotearoa.wordpress.com/2013/09/29/five-out-of-five-anglican-dioceses-vote-to-divest-from-fossil-fuels/

·         Climate after growth report: http://www.postcarbon.org/report/1882095-climate-after-growth

·         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.

·         FAO on food waste – informative with great ideas www.fao.org/nr/sustainability/food-loss-and-waste

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

Sustainable Dunedin City Inc. http://www.sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

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