SDC Newsletter, 29 July, 2013

 Details of upcoming events, petitions and thought-provoking/useful links
  Monday 29 July 2013

 Please send all requests to go onto to mailing list to me, Nicky Chapman, at

 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

Thursday 29 August 5.30pm

Green Drinks Dunedin Back room of Filadelfios.

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


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

7 – 8pm, Sustainable Lens Radio, with Sam Mann, Anton Angelo and Shane Gallagher:

Monday 29 July, 5.30pm, New Zealand Sea Lion Trust AGM. 4th Floor, City Library, FREE, Light refreshments provided

I See a Sea Lion Join Dr Louise Chilvers from DOC and discover the animals that inspired her to write a children’s book.

Dr Chilvers is the leading expert on New Zealand sea lions and has spent many summers at the Auckland Islands researching the subantarctic population.

Enjoy a coffee with the Sea Lion Trust and listen to their AGM. RSVP to:

30th July: Tuesdays 7 – 9pm

Sustainable living courses starting: Macandrew Bay Community Evening Course

These fantastic Adult Community courses are free but a donation will help us cover costs ($30 suggested).  Maximum 14 people per course. To register please contact Maureen Howard on 4739967 or email

Wednesdays 7-9pm Starts 31st July

Sustainable living courses starting: Citywide Community Evening Course

1 Aug 2013 7 pm

Dunedin screening of Our Green Roadie

Red Lecture theatre, Dunedin (near the side entrance of the Scott building, 260 Great King Street across the road from the emergency entrance of Dunedin Public Hospital)

“This heartening kiwi documentary shares snapshots and stories from 50 New Zealanders, from Riverton to Northland, who have eco-conscious and economically viable businesses and lifestyles.”

Tickets from Taste Nature, High Street, Dunedin or from $10 waged/$8 unwaged.

Seating and Door sales from 6.30pm

1 August 2013, 4pm

Patterns and Processes of Plant Gathering in Culturally Vibrant Communities, of Hawai‘i, Aotearoa and Rēkohu. CSAFE, Katie Kamelamela. Seminar Room 530 Castle Street

3 August 2013 10am – 4pm

Public meeting to discuss the formation of a Local Food Network in the Greater Dunedin region Dunningham Suite, Dunedin Central Library. RSVP to indicate your intention to attend (Andy Barratt, txt 021 890 048, email )

Sunday 4th August, 10am-11am

Getting around Dunedin by bike. TV473 (Transition town) meeting at the NEV Community rooms.

Guest speaker: Charlotte Flaherty from the DCC will update us on initiatives to make it safer and easier for people to cycle in Dunedin, including NEV. All welcome.

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 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


3.   Petitions, consultations and submissions

Constitutional review:

Timeline for developing the DCC Energy Plan:

26 June – 26 July, 2013

Discussion paper circulated for feedback

NB: feedback on draft document closes 26/07/13

9 August – 9 September, 2013

Draft Energy Plan public consultation

7 October, 2013

Energy Plan is endorsed by the DCC

29 July

Proposed Waste Management and Minimisation Plan Submissions close

Avaaz petition to ‘save the world in the next 30 months’ (until the 2015 UN Summit on Climate Change in Paris):

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.


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

•         The DCC Energy Plan Public Meeting, on the 22nd July, was well attended. To join the discussion, go to:

•         Get the overall picture of the Denniston plateau legal battles:

•         See also:


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)

Vivienne Bryner (SDC’s secretary)