SDC Newsletter, October 2020

Sustainable Dunedin City Newsletter, October 2020

Welcome back everyone! Lots has been going on, and we have a jam packed next couple of months with heaps of activities that we would love you to know about, as we jump back into action in the community.   Now more than ever, sustainability needs to be brought into the heart of our activities, both as individuals, and as a society. 
Important Petitions and Submissions: Join these New Zealand’s Intergenerational Climate Ambassadors, aged from 13 to 88, to call on the Government for a climate reset now.  https://our.actionstation.org.nz/petitions/intergenerational-open-letter-for-climate-action-now   Following the success of the phase out of single-use plastic shopping bags, the Government now has plans to phase out more single-use and problem plastics to reduce waste and protect the environment, announced by Associate Minister for the Environment Eugenie Sage. Submissions due Dec 4th:  https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/government-announces-plan-tackle-problem-plastics-and-seven-single-use-plastic-items Summary document: https://takeawaythrowaways.nz/blog/unofficial-summary-of-govt-consultation-doc-on-banning-some-hard-to-recycle-and-single-use-plastics Greenpeace quick submit form: https://act.greenpeace.org/page/61758/petition/1?locale=en-NZ

  General Election and Referenda: And who can forget the upcoming election on October 17th! We hope you’re registered to vote, if not you can do so here: https://vote.nz/enrolling/enrol-or-update/enrol-or-update-online  Don’t forget there are also 2 referendums to vote on at the same time: https://www.referendums.govt.nz/  Central Govt score cards from SCAN & GenZero https://drive.google.com/file/d/1eu3CHW05aZxxZYzXXlLH-JVTT0Kn74RB/view?usp=sharing Child poverty action network score card: https://www.cpag.org.nz/resources/election-2020/2020-election-policy-scorecard/?utm_source=Election+2020+Scorecard&utm_campaign=election+scorecard&utm_medium=email   We would love to share with you a piece Murray Grimwood, one of our committee members wrote to help you vote for the future – Attached is a wonderful piece by our very own Murray Grimwood, addressing the unsustainable nature of our current society.  
Upcoming Events and News: Our Food Network:
Next committee meeting Oct 14th, University of Otago, Richardson Building, Room 4N5 (4th Floor, room 5).   Sustainable Dunedin City Annual General Meeting on Oct 28th, 6pm 474 Princes St, Dunedin: Come along to get involved, we have an opening for a new secretary! This meeting is a chance to learn more about how we operate, provide suggestions and feedback for our future, and gain experience working within an organisation.  https://www.facebook.com/events/268404750947815    Why Waste worm farm subscription service launches in Dunedin: Head on over to their website to sign up for your very own worm farm! Why Waste provides the ideal home organic waste solution, alongside regular checkups and inspections provided by their local vermiculture specialist. Organic waste is a huge problem in Aotearoa, with an average household sending roughly 79kg of edible food to landfills every year. This also helps increase the reserves of fresh, lush soil and nutrients for local use https://www.whywaste.co.nz/    Res.Awesome Ltd is hosting Korero on “How to do More Good Together”, Oct 27th & Nov 23rd 6pm, 474 Princes St, Dunedin: Come along for a cup of tea, zero waste snacks and korero to enlighten ourselves on how we face the challenges ahead of us, how we “do more good” together. What does it look like to move from a linear system of stuff to a circular system and how do we as consumers and citizens participate in that process? https://fb.me/e/5xJvE43pJ  https://events.humanitix.com/korero-doing-more-good-together   Various regular fabric upcycling and upskilling events are being held at StitchKitchen: http://www.stitchkitchen.nz/ 
Green Gold Demonstration Day: 17 October 2020, 941 Blueskin Road, Mt Cargill, Waitati  This day of workshops and discussions is about finding better ways of using garden and food waste than sending it to the landfill. Last year OneCoast held our first very successful event in Waikouaiti. This year we are moving to the Blueskin Bay area to the beautiful property of Derek Onley and Rosemary Penwarden. If wet will be postponed to Sun. 18th.  $10 entrance fee, come for part or all of the day. Parking is very limited so please pre-register and car pool if possible. Bring your lunch and thermos or pop down to Waitati eateries. Wear warm windproof clothes and sturdy shoes. Register at onecoastotago@gmail.com Our Workshops (times are approximate): 10:00 am: Backyard Biochar. How to make your backyard garden rubbish fire near smoke free and productive. (Biochar is charcoal which can be used to lift productivity in gardening and agriculture and as a long- lived carbon store in soils.) with Dennis Enright of NZ Biochar    11:00am-12:30pm: All about worm farming with Joey and Jim Smeaton and Bokashi and compost teas with Jennie Upton    12:30-1pm: Biochar workshop Pt 2. What to do with biochar after you have made it. Biochar’s soil health and carbon storage benefits.    1:30pm: Compost-making workshop with Michelle Cox of Organics Unearthed. This will cover all areas of compost making. There should also be time to chat with and ask questions of our experts, and visit our seedling and plant stall and seed swap. Derek Onley will also be on hand to talk about attracting birds to your garden. Email: onecoastotago@gmail.com  Text: 0211307765 

  Do you have any ideas to promote sustainability in Dunedin? Questions about how to get more involved? Get in touch! Thanks heaps for reading, and we look forward to seeing you at upcoming events.
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