Hi & welcome to the webpage version of NZAEE's (Christchurch Branch) ecoNet Newsletter.
Please pass on news of ecoNet Newsletter and our subscription address: firstname.lastname@example.org to others you think may find it interesting/useful.
To supplement the diary of events here's a selection of news and articles and bits and pieces of interest from around and about, and here and there, eg:
Canterbury & South Island:
Edible plants will dominate backyard planting of the future. (An exhibit for the upcoming Ellerslie Garden
(18 February, CCC).
Strategy to stop increasing traffic.The draft Greater Christchurch Travel Demand Management Strategy (TDMS), now open for public discussion, is about encouraging people to travel differently, by walking, cycling, using public transport and car pooling, in a bid to combat increasing traffic woes. Have your say. By 16 March. (16 February, CCC).
Lake Waihora/Ellesmere health warning: blue-green algal bloom. (17 February, ECan).
DOC rejects claims "silence bought" over Project Hayes windfarm. (16 February, DOC).
Also: New Zealand Historic Places Trust made an agreement with Meridian Energy to mitigate effects of the proposed wind farm. ($179,000 - made public at the time, i.e. last year). (16 February, NZHPT).
Also: No pay-outs for proposed $900 million Meridian power scheme on the Lower Waitaki. (18 February, Otago Daily TImes).
Update: DOC cleared over Project Hayes deal. (20 February, Otago Daily Times).
The University of Canterbury is giving students $10 worth of free bus trips with Metrocard purchase at Orientation this year. (12 February, ECan).
Computer document navigation tools bring Australasian accolade for Canterbury University researcher. (18 February, University of Canterbury).
University research set to cut noise levels in frosty vineyards. (18 February, University of Canterbury).
Gardening with Indigenous Plants: Lincoln University a partner in the native plants demonstration area at Botanic Gardens. It aims to slow the loss of native biodiversity and ameliorate the 'dis-connect' between people and their natural heritage. (17 February, Lincoln University).
Invercargill: even fishermen help fund survey to enable sustainable southern blue cod industry. (19 February, Southland Times/Stuff).
Southland: Curio Bay dairy conversion: most submitters (more than 200) are opposed. Three in favour. (19 February, Southland Times).
Otago: Lindis River "seriously over-allocated". Low flow levels under discussion. (19 February, Otago Daily Times).
Otago: Contact Energy wants to raise the level of Lake Roxburgh 60cm to boost storage and power generation. (18 February, Otago Daily Times).
North Island & national:
Job cuts looming for public servants. (18 February, NZ Herald).
Climate change campaigner Tim Flannery joins NZ charcoal company to fix climate.(17 February, Scoop).
Poles apart - but oceans have plenty in common. (16 February, NZ Herald).
Jeannette Fitzsimmons: Stop acting like Muppets and cancel all GE trials. (12 February, Scoop).
Leaked Ministry of Justice advisory paper says RMA changes undermine fundamental rights of NZers. Russell Norman. (17 February, Green Party).
Sustainability and the financial crisis. Allen L WHite, Corporation 20/20 Director and co-founder, & Tellus Institute Senior Fellow , Boston. (Manaaki Whenua/Landcare research).
The push to make things "bigger, better, faster" is not only driving the planet to ruin - it's making us unhappy, according to a visiting expert on eco-towns. (16 February, NZ Herald).
Wellington's Ohariu Valley: Meridian Energy gets permission for a 29-turbine wind farm. One local says it will see a rural road to nowhere become a "super highway". (19 February, Dominion Post).
Ships sound like hunting Orcas' signals - blamed for scaring whales and dolphins ashore. (14 February, NZ Herald).
Whenua hou: Kākāpō rediscovered after 21 years. Also: Nineteen of thirty-eight breeding females have mated. (10 February, DOC).
Loving the silent type. Blogging frogger - i.e. frog scientist and conservationist, Phil Bishop. (18 February, Forest and Bird).
National environmental standard on ecological flows and water levels. A summary of submissions now available. (Ministry for the Environment).
YES 2009 - Youth EnviroSchool - Te Kura Taiao - Youth Education for Sustainability. to be held at Lincoln University in April. Applications close 15 March if not full beforehand. More info: here (Lincoln University) and here: www.yes.ac.nz.
Re-linked awards, submissions, consultations etc:
Otamahua/Quail Island Ecological Restoration Trust: Volunteer programme for 2009.
- Environment Canterbury’s Living Streams Project:
Get involved in improving the health of Canterbury waterways. Are you and your local community thinking of doing some work to improve the health of your local waterway? Can ECan help with a Living Streams Project?
Anyone can apply to become part of the programme - community, conservation and recreational groups, individuals and landholders.
Applications need to be made on the Living Streams application form. (or ask for it from ECan’s Customer Services: 353 9007 or 0800 32 46 36 (0800 EC INFO). Applications close 31 March. More About living streams (ECan).
- 2009 Green Ribbon Awards nominations. Know a green champion? Send in your nomination - before 5.00 pm Moday, 23 March. Open to all individuals and organisations in New Zealand making a difference for our environment. Categories and nomination information here. (Ministry for the Environment).
- City Council's administration of its social housing portfolio: Information sessions, consultations, submissions procedures etc (ongoing series of public meetings at various localities from Saturday 14 Feb - Feb 26). (CCC).
- Applications wanted for 2009 Youth Environment Forum. Environment Canterbury is looking for three young people aged 15 – 18 to represent the region at this year's Sir Peter Blake Youth Environment Forum (YEF). The YEF is an annual event that gives young people an opportunity to discuss and plan action on New Zealand's regional and national environmental issues. More info: www.mfe.govt.nz &/or at Sir Peter Blake Trust. Applications close Tuesday, 24 February.
- School teachers: LEARNZ trips for the first term 2009. (LEARNZ Virtual field trips are FREE for all NZ registered teachers and their classes).
Take your class to Cape Rodney - Okakari Point Marine Reserve to kick off your Sea Week studies. (Feb 25 - 27 2009).
Take your class to a biodiesel factory and wood pellet fuel making plant. (4 - 6 March).
The Main Divide:
Take your class to climb the Franz Josef Glacier and learn about the temperate rainforest on the West Coast. (25 - 27 March).
Take your class to a wind farm. Climb up a turbine and learn about using wind for electricity generation. (1 - 3 April).
& from there
- The tropics on fire. IPCC climate scientist Chris Field's grim vision of global warming. (16 February, The Guardian).
- The sword of Damocles. US climate scientist Dr James Hansen reiterates call for world leaders to put an end to new coal-fired power plants. (17 February, Celsias).
US: Dr Hansen wants fellow Americans to join him for the largest protest on global warming in U.S. history. (video 1 min 41). (18 February, Treehugger).
Rod Bremby: Standing up to big coal - the man who put a red state on the green map. The first person in U.S. history to deny permits for coal plants on the basis of CO2 emissions, causing a flurry in Kansas. (16 February, Alternet).
- James Lovelock: extract from his forthcoming book: The Vanishing Face of Gaia. (8 February, Times Online).
- US: Stephen Chu: (Obama's energy secretary) "We're looking at a scenario where there's no more agriculture in California". Eight years of disinformation and muzzling U.S. climate scientists has left the public largely unaware of the catastrophes ahead. (11 February, AlterNet).
- US: Obama starts delivering on environmental promises. (12 February, Environmental News Network).
- The geopolitics of food security. Lester Brown, (11 February, Spiegel Online).
- UK: Our culture of wasting food will one day leave us hungry. ...the entire international food aid programme amounts to only a fifth of what a single developed nation throws away in a single year. (8 February, The Guardian).
- UK: Now my farm will help teach the world to live without oil, says woman who banished plastic bags from her town. (15 February, The Daily Mail).
- UK: Growing your own: National Trust frees land for 1000 allotments. (19 February, BBC).
- China plans to reduce water consumption. 50 year drought. (15 February, UPI.com).
Also: Hundreds of millions in South Asia face growing water shortage. (16 February, Celsias).
- Peak oil - what do we do now? Robert Hirsch, lead author of the famous 2005 Hirsch Report for US Dept. of Energy: "Peaking of World Oil Production: Impacts, Mitigation and Risk Management". (17 February, Energy Bulletin).
- Japan: A bitter face off over whaling. Some say the government is using a pair of arrested Greenpeace
activists to send a warning to others in Japan who oppose the nation's controversial whale hunt.
(14 February, Los Angeles Times).
- Officials fighting uphill battle: trying to end Amazon logging. (18 February, NZ Herald/The Obeserver).
- New York city wins sustainable transport award. (27 January, embarq.org).
Also video clip on New York: Streets - utilitarian corridors or public spaces. (18 November, The Oil Drum).
- Google Power: With its green-power initiative, is the search-engine dynamo catching another huge wave of new technology? (11 February, Portfolio.com). Also: Coming soon: Google your electricity usage. New software to allow you to monitor your home's electricity use in near real-time over the Web. (13 February, Alternet).
- Samsung unveils solar powered cell phone - with plastic made from recycled drink bottles. (12 February, Computerworld).
- The gospel according to Darwin: Dawkins on Darwin.
Why we really do need to know the amazing truth about evolution, and the equally amazing intellectual dishonesty of its enemies.
(11 February, Times Online)
- Monitoring to seek truth about cats as killers. (16 February, NZ Herald/The Observer).
- Monkeys have morality: Research shows that apes and monkeys appear to have consciences and the ability to remember obligations to other animals. (18 February, Times Online).
- Legging it: evasive Otago octopus let out to look for love. (14 February, The Independent).
- Top 5 environmental artists shaking up the art world. (18 February, Treehugger).
Is easy. Just send in to the editor information about an event, activity or submission you want to share and it will go in ecoNet....as long as it's appropriate of course.
ecoNet is put out (Fridays) by Christchurch Branch of NZAEE (NZ Association for Environmental Education), a non-profit, national organisation of people working to promote and support environmental education, lifelong learning and sustainable behaviour throughout New Zealand/Aotearoa.
How do I contribute?
Use the links below to: