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Sustainable Living Newsletter
Items below are samples from previous newsletters:
Research is Hatched
Sustainable Living features as a case study (Chapter 16) in an E-book
from Landcare Research, along with chapters on education for
sustainability in secondary schools, future scenarios for New Zealand
and many other interesting topics covered by a five year
programme supported by the Foundation for Research, Science and
Technology that looked at building capacity for sustainable development.
National Coordinator Rhys Taylor was a research team member,
part-time. Download book sections free, to view on screen or to print: www.hatched.net.nz
Let's get practical in NZ on carbon emissions
After Copenhagen's failed talk fest, it's time to think more about your carbon footprint without waiting for the politicians to agree internationally. Download free information on how to do these 10:10 actions for households here at the Sustainable Living NZ website, also available on our Actions page.
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Putting a sock on it
Sandy Ryan, former SLET trustee, writes: "A white sock fixed to a car exhaust pipe isn't your typical learning tool. Unless you’re taking part in Manukau’s first sustainable living programme at Howick and Pakuranga community houses. ... "When we do travel topic and have fuel emissions, we go out and start up a car and put a white sock over the exhaust pipe," says co-ordinator Sandy Ryan. "It turns black pretty quickly – so what happens when that goes into the air? Nobody thinks about that and they get a real shock." ... Mrs Ryan says she initially had Chinese immigrants in mind because "they didn’t know what Kiwis grow or eat. So we started teaching them how to grow stuff."
So Mrs Ryan set about setting up a service to help "new settlers" manage their properties better. But many locals faced similar problems. "We actually haven’t ended up with a huge number of migrants. We’ve ended up with a lot of New Zealanders who wanted to get back to growing things for themselves. They wanted to know what was in their food and that it was safe. "People are really interested in living sustainably, trying to reduce their waste and lessen their impact on the environment."
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Enviroschools and University links
Dr Maureen Howard (at the right of photo below) spoke with 18 school teachers at a Dunedin workshop about synergies between Enviroschools - which works within the childrens' learning curriculum - and Sustainable Living - designed for parents and proving useful to teachers. She demonstrated her point with a session on DIY household cleaners. Now sessions are planned which will link the two education programmes in some Dunedin schools. Similar Enviroschools links are under way in Marlborough, through Annie McDonald, Education Officer at Marlborough District Council.
Students can get involved too. In Christchurch Eco My Flat is run at Canterbury University, using material from our programme to help equip the student flats for their actions during the first Semester. Read about this at their competition webpage and see UC's new E-booklet for students which is a great starter. < http://www.sustain.canterbury.ac.nz/ecomyflat/Eco_My_Flat_booklet.pdf >
Sustainable Living evening courses and single topic workshops around NZ are less frequent now that funding for school-based evening classes has ended. A new version in preparation will be available via the net for study groups in participating council areas: see the map
A few areas, such as Dunedin and Christchurch, still offer courses, so if you lead one of these or you've spotted a course offered locally that's not listed, do let us know in advance and we'll list it! Email to rhys (at) sustainableliving.org.nz
They like us!
Unsolicited endorsements are always the nicest, so we are pleased to report that a recent survey by WasteMINZof waste minimisation practitioners in business and local government produced several quotable ones about Sustainable Living:
- "Excellent resouce, successful programme"
- "Sustainable Living, Enviroschools and CYOE have excellent messages - easy to access and understand - designed for the entire community rather than those who are already being sustainable."
- "Recommended for its success, reach, cost-effectiveness and longevity."
The same survey showed that 53% of those respondents used internet searches as their first source of information and 42% started with their personal network of colleagues. We aim to offer information both ways.
Would you prefer to write to us, or phone, rather than email?
You can contact Sustainable Living Education Trust by mail: Sustainable Living, PO Box 13121, Armagh Street, Christchurch 8141. Phone enquiries to National Coordinator Rhys Taylor on 03 693 8726
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