SDC Newsletter, Monday 12 August 2013

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

 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, 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


 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:


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



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

8-15 Sept 2013

Conservation Week


Starts Thursday 12th Sept 2013

New Four Season Organics Course. Contact Michelle Ritchie, on 03 465 7712 or by e-Mail


 3.   Petitions, consultations and submissions


Constitutional review:

Timeline for developing the DCC 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):

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


·         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:

·         New book: SNAKE OIL: How Fracking’s False Promise of Plenty Imperils Our 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:







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)