Sustainable Dunedin City

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Browsing Posts published in March, 2014

Details of upcoming events, submissions, petitions and thought-provoking/useful links
Thursday 27 March 2014

Special note: Please considering signing the Avaaz petition for the WISE response (see below). This is the final push before presentation of the Appeal to Parliament in early April. Many high profile individuals and significant organisations have put their name to the request (among them many from Otago), and it just gained the formal support of its first Territorial Authority. The team would like 10,000 signatures behind the document before early April. Please also forward to others who care!

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/New_Zealand_Parliament_Seeking_your_support_for_Paliament_to_endorse_a_risk_assessment_for_NZ/?rc=fb&pv=32

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 27th March 5.30pm

Today

GreenDrinks Dunedin

THE BOG – upstairs. Corner of George and London Sts. Please note the new venue

Topic this month: Promoting Local Food in Dunedin. It is now seven months since the second Local Food Forum was held in Dunedin. Our speaker this month is Andy Barratt who is part of Our Food Network – a local food network for the greater Dunedin region. Andy will give an update on progress since then. He will report on the outcomes of the Forum and the results of a survey conducted recently by Our Food Network.

About Our Food Network – Our Food Network aims to stimulate the production, distribution and consumption of local food and in that way contribute to the building of a resilient and prosperous community. It’s open to anyone or any groups with an interest in local food. If you, or the group you are in, support the strengthening of aspects of local food production, consumption and distribution, we’d be keen for you to be part of the network. Whether you wish to be an active member of the group, or simply receive the emailed newsletters, we invite you to join by emailing Andy Barratt at asbarratt@gmail.com

GreenDrinks Dunedin typically 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 and activities

Eco Living in Action, Thursdays, 2.30-3pm. On Otago Access Radio 105.4FM. Tune in or check out previous shows on the OAR website at www.oar.org.nz/podcasts.

STOP (Save The Otago Peninsula) Inc Soc regular working bees on Tuesday and Thursday mornings in the Broad Bay area.

One is a freshwater creek enhancement project and the other is in a DOC Scientific Reserve. There is sometimes transport available from town on the Thursday morning. Other working bees are held as required in the evenings in summer and in the weekend. For more details, contact Lala Frazer, phone 478 0339, or text mobile 021 20 999 74, or email lala.frazer@gmail.com

Quarantine Island Open Weekend last Saturday every month (29 March)

Everyone is welcome to the St Martin Island Community open weekends on Quarantine Island on the last Saturday of every month. Join us in releasing the (relatively) newly planted native trees, sharing conversations, passion and action in this beautiful island haven.

The boat leaves Back Beach at 9.30am and returns about 4pm. You can also stay overnight. Bring $10 for the boat and a contribution towards a shared lunch (and swimming togs if you’re feeling brave!).

Make sure to let the new keepers Candy and Gordon Douglas know that you intend to come – (03) 478 0874.

Living Legends at Waitati: last Sunday of the month (30 March): help with releasing the native plants from rank grass and weeds at the Orokonui Scenic Reserve, an important area for whitebait and wading birds. We aim to transform the low-lying rank pasture into a thriving natural wetland, as it was over 150 years ago. To find out more go to http://www.livinglegends.co.nz/regions-events/otagonorth-otago/ or contact: Lucy Hardy at lhardy@doc.govt.nz or 03 474 7094.

Blueskin Community Market first Sunday of every months (6 April)

Gallery on Blueskin

Food and coffee, plants and produce, arts and crafts, prints, pakoras, books, toys and more! Free stalls, DCC regulations apply to food stalls.

Phone Nathan on 027 214 8294 or Rudie 027 781 1799 for more information.

TODAY 4-5 pm

A sustainable vision for the University of Otago

Seminar Room, Centre for Innovation

A seminar presented by Ryan Geerdink – a Science Business and Innovations student from the Netherlands. Ryan is currently in his final year of a research project at the University of Otago assessing the potential of the implementation of photovoltaics at the University as part of a sustainable vision and how this can contribute to a more sustainable lifestyle.

TODAY 5:30pm – 6:30pm

Antarctica in the Palm of Your Hand: A Science Tour of the Ice Sheet

Burns 1 lecture theatre

Dr Ted Scambos, lead scientist US National Science and Ice Data Center. He has published extensively on climate change in Antarctica, and on applying satellite data to studying and mapping the continent.

TODAY 5.30 – 7pm

Sustainable Business success

Technique Restaurant, Harbour Tce, Otago Polytechnic

The Sustainable Business Network and Otago Polytechnic

Hear how local businesses are achieving sustainable success, and meet people who are interested in business practices of the future.

Friday 28 March

Deadline for funding application for the DCC Community Grants Scheme

The Dunedin City Council makes funds available twice a year through the Community Grants Scheme, to help organisations that are benefiting the wider community. It is aimed at non-profit organisations that serve the social, educational, cultural and environmental wellbeing and development of the community.

To find out more, go to DCC website: www.dunedin.govt.nz

28 March 2014, 7:30-9:30 pm

The 2°C climate target. What it means, whether we missed it, and what step to take next.

A talk by A/Prof. Malte Meinshausen, key architect of the 2 degrees max concept that has formed the basis of international climate change policy since, and a world authority on climate change, from The University of Melbourne/The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impacts Research

Where: Community House Alexandra, 14 – 20 Centennial Avenue

Cost: $5/person

Attendees are invited to share tea/coffee and nibbles after the event

Register your attendance: email: admin@coreap.org.nz OR phone: 0800-267327

Saturday, 29 March

1pm

Nationwide Rally Against the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) – Dunedin event

Octagon

The New Zealand government is negotiating an international agreement that involves eleven Asian and Pacific-rim countries, including the United States. If it goes ahead, we risk damage to our innovative economy, our pristine environment, our health, and the ability to shape our own future – but it is being conducted in secret.

Go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwqMp1ykbW8

Saturday 29 March 9am-2pm

Community Baking and Preserving Workshops

Bathgate School Technology Block, Macandrew Road, South Dunedin

The Dunedin Community Food Harvest Group, Transition Valley 473, Presbyterian Support, and other volunteers are teaming up to do some community fruit picking, baking and preserving. The aim is to build skills, reduce waste and make the most of local foods. All volunteers (pickers and preservers) and tree owners will get to keep a little produce themselves, with fresh produce going to the Food Bank, or being used in skill sharing workshops, or turned into delicious fresh apple juice….

Sunday 30 March 1 pm – allow 2 hours

A tour of edible plants in the Botanic Garden

Meet Castle st. bridge entrance (by southern end car park). Bring a pen and pad. https://www.facebook.com/events/1404842433110583/

31 March 1 pm

The next IPCC report 5 comes out of embargo.

The next installments in the Assessment Report 5 will focus on risks and impact of climate change on a regional as well as global scale, including specific impacts in New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific (WGII); and options for limiting greenhouse gas emissions (WGIII).

Monday 31 March

Applications for the Dunedin Biodiversity Fund open.

The purpose of the fund is to maintain a network of viable habitats and ecosystems in Dunedin by encouraging and supporting those landowners who are committed to protecting, enhancing and managing indigenous biodiversity. The April 2014 funding round has $30,000 available for allocation in the form of grants on a cost-sharing basis (50% landowner 50% Council). The maximum grant is $5,000 per project. Copies of the fund criteria and on-line application forms can be obtained from www.dunedin.govt.nz/biodiversity or by phoning 477 4000

Monday 31 March 4pm

Recycled Fashion Parade

Dunedin Public Art Gallery

Students from Bathgate Park School present designs created with the help of their tutors Tracy Kennedy from the School of Design, Otago Polytechnic and Senorita AweSUMO, Zero Waste textile practitioner. In conjunction with iD Dunedin Fashion Week.

April

Monthly challenge is to go zero-waste! Join the Sustainable Action Groups to try to meet this DCC vision!

http://sustainableactioncommunities.wordpress.com/

Tuesday 1 April
2 – 2.50 pm

Visiting Executive Programme Seminar – “Radical is the new normal” by Rod Oram

Archway 1 Lecture Theatre

A low carbon economy is essential for achieving a sustainable society, here and around the world. Business is critical to this transformation, hence the abundant opportunities for companies in new technologies, energy and resource use, markets, business models and other great drivers of innovation.

Yet, here and abroad, only a few brave leaders are locking on to these opportunities. The longer mainstream businesses resist change, the greater the penalty they will pay.

Business journalist Rod Oram will explore these global issues and their New Zealand ramifications, with a particular focus on leaders and laggards among NZ companies.

Tuesday 1 April at 9am

The next Bus Go Dunedin meeting: bus timetable booklet design workshop.

The Otago Regional Council have very kindly invited us to engage in a workshop to nut out the design of the next booklet, due out in July.

Otago Regional Council, 70 Stafford St

Anyone who has good ideas about designing the timetable is welcome, but bookings are essential as to hold an effective workshop we need to strictly limit the numbers. Please email peter.dowden@gmail.com to book your place at the workshop.

Please have a look through the present booklet and collect your thoughts about the design. Note that the workshop is to redesign the booklet itself, not the bus service as a whole.

Thursday, 3 April

1:50pm – 2:50pm

Public Lecture: The future of food in New Zealand: which yellow brick road?

hng10, Science 1, 700 cumberland street University of Otago

Professor Jacqueline Rowarth, Professor of Agribusiness,Waikato University

The debate about productivity, environment, organics, genetic engineering and nutrient density continue. This talk considers the evidence and suggests a path for the future.

Thursday 3 April 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Communicating Visually: Sustainable Forestry Reporting in a Web-based World

Seminar room, Centre for Innovation. Corner St David and Castle Sts

Barbara Hock ( PhD student – Scion research) is currently doing a PhD on visuals for communicating sustainable forestry. In her seminar she will discuss some of the challenges she encountered in her explorations of what constitutes sustainable forestry, how people can explore their understanding of sustainability and forestry, and ways to facilitate sustainability reporting for forests.

Sat 5th April

9am-2pm.

Community fruit preserving workshop at Dunedin North Intermediate (as per 29 March)

Dunedin North Intermediate Technology Block 34 North Road, NEV

Sunday 6 April 9 am

Forest & Bird field trip Join the KCC group for a visit to Shag Point with Jim Fyfe, Department of Conservation Marine Ranger.

Botany Department car park, corner Great. King and Union Streets.

KCC Co-ordinator Tiff Stewart for details, 021 141 0895.

Wed 9 April 1 pm

The presentation of the The WISE response appeal to Parliament.

Parliament grounds, opposite Seddon Statue. http://bit.ly/wr-submissionnews

The WISE appeal for a New Zealand risk assessment: economic, energy & climate, business continuity, ecological security, genuine wellbeing. ‘Symptoms to serious to ignore’

Tuesday 15 April 5 pm

DCC Draft Annual Plan submissions close.

The draft annual plan sets out the Council’s proposed annual budgets and performance measures for 2014/15 and updates the information for the 2014/15 year that in contained in the Council’s ten year plan or Long Term Plan (LTP) which was put in place last year. Please tell us whether you agree or disagree with spending priorities for 2014/15 outlined in the draft plan by making a submission.

http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/your-council/draft-annual-plan-2014-2015/submission-process

Tuesday 15 April 5.30pm

Forest & Bird indoor meeting: legacy of introduced animals on Auckland Islands

Room 215, 2nd floor Zoology Benham Building 346 Great King Street. (Please be on time as we have to hold the door open.)

Dr Geoff Rogers – Department of Conservation will give a talk on how introduced animals have modified the vegetation of the Auckland Islands: a look at the legacy of human settlement and their grazing animals on the vegetation of Auckland and Enderby Islands

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

Friday 18th April 9.30 a.m. to lunch Mon 21st April 2014

Changing the Dream: Quakers Address the Spirituality of Climate Change and Sustainability

The Quaker Settlement, 76 Virginia Road, Whanganui

This workshop is open to all interested people.

We aim to inspire each other to work with other groups to find practical solutions for issues of sustainability and climate change. There will be the opportunity of forming groups to provide on-going mutual support and/or undertake collective action.

The seminar will follow the Easter theme, which traverses despair and grief to renewed conviction, hope and action.

Register at http://bit.ly/FuturesQA

Saturday 19 – Sunday 20 April

Forest & Bird field trip: Explore the upper Taieri scroll plain and Canadian Flats wetland area.

Travel to Patearoa Saturday pm and overnight there. on Sunday, go up to the end of the road and walk up to the Canadian Flats wetland. Leader Janet Ledingham, 467 2960. Grade easy. Cost to be advised. Please advise intent to come by 1 April so we can secure accommodation.

Thursday 24 April 7:30pm

Otago Herb Society

St Patrick’s Centre 32 Macandrew Road, South Dunedin

Demonstration of Turkish food featuring herbs used. Visitors and new members are welcome. For further details, phone Liz on 4774-910

Saturday 26th April 10am-2pm

Community apple juice-making day and preserves tasting/swapping at the NEV Community rooms, 262 North Rd

Bring any end of season apples you’d like to make into juice, (plus a clean empty soft drink bottle if you want to take some juice home), and help put them through the ‘apple press’. Or bring preserves you’d like to share a taste of, along with the recipe; or excess preserves and fresh produce you’d like to swap. Cuttings for swapping are also welcome. This event has been timed to co-incide with the NEV Community Garden working bee and open morning. Take time to visit this impressive garden just above the NEVN School and find out more about getting involved.

6 June, midday

Botanic Gardens’ Hort Talks series: “Local Food: Passing Fad or Secure Future?”

By Andy Barrett of Our Food Network

June TBC

Kay Baxter of the Koanga Institute and a veteran campaigner for permaculture and the preservation of heritage fruit and vegetable varieties is planning a nation-wide tour. For more information about Koanga, visit http://www.koanga.org.nz

Friday 2 May 2014 5 pm

DCC Biodiversity Fund applications for funding close

Mother’s Day, 11 May at 11am

Trees for Babies – Celebrating Families

Roseneath Reserve, District Road, Roseneath

Join others to plant a tree of your choice from a variety of natives for someone special (such as a new family member, birthday, anniversary, or passing of a loved one) and receive a certificate in their name. Pre-registration is required. Trees cost $20.

Contact Keep Dunedin Beautiful Co-ordinator, (03) 474 3401 dethomso@dcc.govt.nz
3. Petitions

The WISE response appeal to Parliament for a New Zealand risk assessment: economic, energy & climate, business continuity, ecological security, genuine wellbeing. ‘Symptoms to serious to ignore’.

Go to

http://wiseresponse.org.nz/.
https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/New_Zealand_Parliament_Seeking_your_support_for_Paliament_to_endorse_a_risk_assessment_for_NZ/?rc=fb&pv=32
http://bit.ly/wiseresponse-ocw

We’re getting hot and hungry: sign the Oxfam petition on climate change: http://www.oxfam.org.nz/what-you-can-do/take-action/fight-climate-change-and-hunger?utm_source=AC&utm_campaign=AC+Weds+26+Mar+14+F%26CJ&utm_medium=email
4. Food for thought and (good) fuel for action

· “Facing the Future: Towards a Green Economy for New Zealand’ by the Royal Society. This Emerging Issues paper presents evidence from local and global trends suggesting that New Zealand should carefully review its direction of development, and discusses the potential for New Zealand to move towards a green economy. The United Nations Environment Programme describes the core characteristics of a green economy as: low carbon, resource efficient and socially inclusive. See:

o http://www.royalsociety.org.nz/media/2014/03/Facing-the-future-towards-a-green-economy-for-NZ.pdf.

o http://www.royalsociety.org.nz/expert-advice/information-papers/yr2014/greeneconomy/infographic

· Unburnable carbon 2013: Wasted capital and stranded assets: http://www.carbontracker.org/wastedcapital

This new research from Carbon Tracker and the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at LSE calls for regulators, governments and investors to re-evaluate energy business models against carbon budgets, to prevent $6trillion carbon bubble in the next decade.

· Modern civilisation is heading for collapse within a matter of decades because of growing economic instability and pressure on the planet’s resources, according to a scientific study funded by Nasa…

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/earth-insight/2014/mar/14/nasa-civilisation-irreversible-collapse-study-scientists

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/earth-insight/2014/mar/18/transition-tipping-point-revolution-doom

· Following from Our Food Network – many thanks:

o http://www.slate.com/blogs/behold/2014/03/09/aliza_eliazarov_photographs_the_sustainable_farm_movement_in_the_united.html

Photo essay on local food producers. What would Dunedin’s look like?

o http://www.spur.org/publications/spur-report/2013-05-13/locally-nourished A comprehensive local food document from the States which shows what a similar study of our region could cover.

o https://www.pledgeme.co.nz/projects/1845 An interesting Wellington initiative

o http://www.ripenear.me/ An interactive map (Australian-based, but with reference to our area) on local food availability.

o http://www.spinfarming.com SPIN stands for S-mall P-lot IN-tensive farming and it promises it can show how to “make farm-size income from garden-size plots”.

· And still more on urban food innovation: http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/bulletin/a-brilliant-composting-island-concept-for-new-york/?tag=nl.e540&s_cid=e540&ttag=e540&ftag=TRE5369823

· The Bishop of Sheffield on climate change falling off the political agenda: http://bishopofsheffield.blogspot.co.uk/ “Here is a mystery. The world grows warmer. Yet climate change has disappeared from the political agenda since 2010 in this country and around the world.” Dr Croft made reference to Beveridge and Temple’s naming of the ‘five giants of evil’, squalor, ignorance, want, idleness and disease, from the 1940s. He said these are still with us and “remain the enemies of human flourishing”. However, “there is a sixth giant to be named and to be fought”…

· FAIIR – Freshwater Algae Identification, Information and Action Resource – new website hosted by Landcare Research, for anyone interested in observing and identifying algae, and who has access to a compound microscope (even a very basic one). It is aimed at community groups with little previous knowledge, such as school classes or volunteer groups. The identification key, with illustrated glossary, will enable you to detect nuisance algae, such as potentially toxic cyanobacteria or Didymo, and will help you explore this fascinating – and incredibly diverse – microscopic world. http://fwalgae.landcareresearch.co.nz

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

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

Please also let me know if you wish to come off this list.

 Details of upcoming events, petitions and thought-provoking/useful links
 Monday 10 March 2014

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 27th March 5.30pm

GreenDrinks Dunedin

THE BOG – upstairs. Corner of George and London Sts. Please note the new venue
Topic this month: Promoting Local Food in Dunedin. It is now seven months since the second Local Food Forum was held in Dunedin. Our speaker this month is Andy Barratt who is part of Our Food Network – a local food network for the greater Dunedin region. Andy will give an update on progress since then. He will report on the outcomes of the Forum and the results of a survey conducted recently by Our Food Network.

About Our Food Network – Our Food Network aims to stimulate the production, distribution and consumption of local food and in that way contribute to the building of a resilient and prosperous community. It’s open to anyone or any groups with an interest in local food. If you, or the group you are in, support the strengthening of aspects of local food production, consumption and distribution, we’d be keen for you to be part of the network. Whether you wish to be an active member of the group, or simply receive the emailed newsletters, we invite you to join by emailing Andy Barratt at asbarratt@gmail.com

GreenDrinks Dunedin typically 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

SDC has written in support of the St Martin’s Island Community who are appealing removing their wharf signage:

‘Drilling for fossil fuels is unequivocally an unsustainable use of resources, because burning fossil fuels causes climate change. Please see attached the Lecture by the OECD Secretary-General, Mr. Angel Gurría, in October of 2013.

Because burning fossil fuels is unsustainable, we think that the signage of the St Martin’s Island Community Inc is of great value, as per especially our aims a.) and b.) above. It promotes discussion and thus awareness.

[we] support St Martin’s Island Community Inc.in that ‘This signage is better defined as a safety notice rather than advertising.’ (Form 49 appeal from St Martin’s Island Community Inc).’

2.   Other dates

Eco Living in Action, Thursdays, 2.30-3pm. On Otago Access Radio 105.4FM. Tune in or check out previous shows on the OAR website at www.oar.org.nz/podcasts.

STOP (Save The Otago Peninsula) Inc Soc regular working bees on Tuesday and Thursday mornings in the Broad Bay area.

One is a freshwater creek enhancement project and the other is in a DOC Scientific Reserve.  There is sometimes transport available from town on the Thursday morning. Other working bees are held as required in the evenings in summer and in the weekend.  For more details, contact Lala Frazer, phone 478 0339, or text mobile 021 20 999 74, or email lala.frazer@gmail.com

Quarantine Island Open Weekend last Saturday every month (29 March)

Everyone is welcome to the St Martin Island Community open weekends on Quarantine Island on the last Saturday of every month. Join us in releasing the (relatively) newly planted native trees, sharing conversations, passion and action in this beautiful island haven.

The boat leaves Back Beach at 9.30am and returns about 4pm. You can also stay overnight. Bring $10 for the boat and a contribution towards a shared lunch (and swimming togs if you’re feeling brave!).

Make sure to let the new keepers Candy and Gordon Douglas know that you intend to come – (03) 478 0874.

Living Legends at Waitati: last Sunday of the month (30 March): help with releasing the native plants from rank grass and weeds at the Orokonui Scenic Reserve, an important area for whitebait and wading birds. We aim to transform the low-lying rank pasture into a thriving natural wetland, as it was over 150 years ago. To find out more go to http://www.livinglegends.co.nz/regions-events/otagonorth-otago/ or  contact: Lucy Hardy at lhardy@doc.govt.nz or 03 474 7094.

12 March, Wednesday 10 am

IPCC Working Group II and III – climate change briefing with reports’ New Zealand authors by the Science Media Centre (Wellington)

This background briefing will be an opportunity to prepare for the next major releases from the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), due out in March and April this year. These forthcoming sections of the fifth assessment report will focus on impacts, adaptation and vulnerability to climate change on a global and regional scale, including specific considerations for New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific (WGII); and also options for reducing greenhouse gas emissions (WGIII)….

Sunday 16 March 9am start

Forest and Bird Field Trip – Kaikai Beach via Heywards Point

Leader Richard Reeve. Grade moderate plus. Strong footwear essential. Meet at the Botany Department car park, corner Great King and Union Streets.

Cost $10 (goes towards shared transport.)

Sunday 16 March 1-5pm

Explore the benefits of various composting techniques to build your soil health and feed your plants. Learn how to build a hot compost heap, use a Bokashi composting system, and start your own worm farm.

Dunedin North Intermediate School

Cost $10. Contact Michelle Ritchie to register your interest – 029 771 0212 or michelle@organicbydesign.kiwi.nz.

Sunday March 16, 1pm

An Edible Exploration in the Botanic Gardens   with Rory Harding

Meet: Castle St. bridge entrance (by southern end car park)

Come along to the Dunedin Botanic Garden for a tour focusing on edible plants. The Botanic Garden is also a great place to observe Dunedin’s largest polyculture in action – a permaculture garden or farm may have a higher proportion of species directly useful to us, but design themes like structure and relative placement are common to both.

Please allow 2 hours and bring a pen and pad. (From Permaculture Dunedin)

Monday 17 March, 9.30 am – 3.30 pm
‘Poverty: Global and Local’ symposium by the Centre for Theology & Public Issues

St Margaret’s College, Dunedin. The symposium will feature two very special keynote speakers; Archbishop John Sentamu, (the Archbishop of York), and his wife Margaret Sentamu. Other speakers will include the Revd Jono Ryan (New Zealand Director of Servants to Asia’s Poor), Professor David Fielding (Professor of Economics, Otago Business School) and others to be confirmed.

The symposium will consider the nature, causes and extent of poverty and explore strategies for alleviating poverty that make a difference both locally and globally.

There will also be a Public Conversation later that day at 5.00 pm with Archbishop John Sentamu.

Tuesday 18 March 5:30pm
Talk – Mosses grow fat in the wetlands – vegetation in wetlands is more than just sedges and pretty flowers.

Dr Peter Johnson, Research Associate, Landcare Research. Peter takes a look at the mosses that contribute to wetlands. Contact Mark Hanger dunedin.branch@forestandbird.org.nz

22nd & 23rd March.
Riverton Heritage Food Festival.

This is a great weekend of markets, food stalls, apple pressing and a huge array of workshops. A big feature of the festival is a display of heritage apple varieties and Robin Guyton is on hand to give you info about them as well as ID varieties you bring along. For more info go to www.sces.org.nz   – and don’t forget to carpool/bus!

26th March
(23rd April + 21st May): 5.30
Permaculture Dunedin meetings

THE APARTMENT upstairs from The Malcalm Trust,

174  Princes Street (enter from upper Dowling Street)

Friday 28 March
Deadline for funding application for the DCC Community Grants Scheme

The Dunedin City Council makes funds available twice a year through the Community Grants Scheme, to help organisations that are benefiting the wider community. It is aimed at non-profit organisations that serve the social, educational, cultural and environmental wellbeing and development of the community.

To find out more, go to DCC website: www.dunedin.govt.nz

Sat 5th April, 9am-2pm.
Community fruit preserving workshop at Dunedin North Intermediate (Transition Valley 472)

28 March 2014, 7:30-9:30 pm
The 2°C climate target. What it means, whether we missed it, and what step to take next. A talk by

A/Prof. Malte Meinshausen  (key architect of the 2 degrees max concept that has formed the basis of international climate change policy since.  He is a world authority on climate change) from The University of Melbourne/The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impacts Research

Where: Community House Alexandra, 14 – 20 Centennial Avenue

Cost: $5/person

Attendees are invited to share tea/coffee and nibbles after the event

Register your attendance: email: admin@coreap.org.nz OR phone: 0800-267327

Friday 18th April 9.30 a.m. to lunch Mon 21st April 2014
Changing the Dream: Quakers Address the Spirituality of Climate Change and Sustainability

The Quaker Settlement, 76 Virginia Road, Whanganui

This workshop is open to all interested people.

We aim to inspire each other to work with other groups to find practical solutions for issues of sustainability and climate change. There will be the opportunity of forming groups to provide on-going mutual support and/or undertake collective action.

The seminar will follow the Easter theme, which traverses despair and grief to renewed conviction, hope and action.

Register at http://bit.ly/FuturesQA

3.   Petitions, consultations and submissions

WR_LogoThe WISE response appeal to Parliament for a New Zealand risk assessment: economic, energy & climate, business continuity, ecological security, genuine wellbeing. ‘Symptoms to serious to ignore’.

Go to  http://wiseresponse.org.nz/. See also https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/New_Zealand_Parliament_Seeking_your_support_for_Paliament_to_endorse_a_risk_assessment_for_NZ/?rc=fb&pv=32

http://bit.ly/wiseresponse-ocw

The presentation of the Appeal to Parliament  will be at 1:00pm, on Wednesday 9th April 2014, in the grounds of Parliament, opposite Seddon Statue. http://bit.ly/wr-submissionnews

Unburnable carbon 2013: Wasted capital and stranded assets has revealed that fossil fuel reserves already far exceed the carbon budget to avoid global warming of 2°C, but in spite of this, spent $674billion last year to find and develop new potentially stranded assets. (http://www.carbontracker.org/wastedcapital)

Protest against Westpac financing the Denniston mine: 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/

Turn Great Barrier Island into a national park – Forest & Bird appeal

The government is planning to change the law so that this extraordinary place will forever be open to mining. I’m asking you to help permanently protect the island.   Please join our call to turn the publicly-owned land on Great Barrier Island into a national park. http://www.forestandbird.org.nz/what-we-do/news/turn-great-barrier-national-park

From 350.org:

We have ambitious plans for 2014, and we want your help in making them stronger. Take this survey and let us know what you think.

Already this year is off to a strong start. Here’s what we’ve accomplished so far:

“Power Shift” convergences from Japan to Congo to Kyrgyzstan, training climate leaders around the world
A divestment movement that is spreading quickly across Europe, to strip the fossil-fuel industry of its social license
“Summer Heat” actions against dirty energy expansions in full swing in Australia

Click here to add your voice: 350.org/global-priorities

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

•         The planet is “perilously close” to a climate change tipping point, and requires urgent cooperation between countries, cities and business, International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde has said – See more at: http://www.rtcc.org/2014/02/05/imf-chief-lagarde-warns-of-merciless-climate-change/#sthash.h2OZohUZ.dpuf

•         Dunedin Bike Library – Call for donations of bikes. A partnership of city stakeholders, including the Dunedin City Council (DCC), is planning a pilot bike library scheme at a school in South Dunedin. This bike library scheme entails the recycling and restoration of bikes donated by people in the community, for people in the community. The bike library scheme will make bikes available to children who have participated in the DCC Cycle Skills Training Programme.

We can arrange pick-up of the bikes within the Dunedin area. Please email Rose Dovey on rose@motum.co.nz if you would like to donate a bike or if you have any questions.

•         Dr Maureen Howard is available to run a SUSTAINABLE PARISH PROGRAMME. If you belong to a Church group and think this would be a good opportunity for your church and its attendees to get ideas and assistance to become more sustainable then please do contact me for more information. It’s a free service to participating churches.

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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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