Greater Christchurch 2050

The Greater Christchurch Partnership is creating a new plan for our sub-region with everyone that has an interest in the area.

Greater Christchurch 2050 will describe the kind of place we want for our future generations, and the actions we need to take over the next 30 years to make it happen.  This work will culminate in a plan that is real and achievable from the partner organisations.

More info on the website. Submissions close 30 Nov.

From the Ground Up: Global Gathering for Climate Justice

This November, COP26 should have taken place. To mark this occasion, the COP26 Coalition is hosting From the Ground Up – a global gathering that will be a space to educate, activate and strategise. We will discuss the need for a global green new deal and work towards a global plan of action to create the change we need from the ground up.From the Ground Up: Global Gathering for Climate Justice will host discussions on🌱 False Solutions to the Climate Crisis
🌱 Just Transition and the Role of Trade Unions
🌱 How Fossil Fuels get Financed
🌱 Feminism and the Climate Emergency
🌱 Indigenous Knowledge and Strategies for Resistance
🌱 Struggles for Land, Forests, and Oceansas well as workshops on👉🏾 How not to burn out as an activist
👉🏾 How to resist mega-projects in your community
👉🏾 How to start a community garden
👉🏾 How to frame climate justice in campaigning
👉🏾 How to take action during a global pandemicand many more.This Global Gathering is an opportunity for Scottish, UK, European and international climate movements to build momentum and capacity, and to connect to broader civil society to build power for system change.The event is free, everyone is welcome to attend. The gathering will be spread throughout the five days to enable activists from all timezones to take part. We will provide translations in Spanish and French , or closed captions for key panels.For any questions, email cop26coalitionuk@riseup.net

WWF Community & Education Funding Round Now Open

We run two separate funds in partnership with the Tindall Foundation, supporting Kiwis to get involved in protecting their local environment: 

Community Conservation Fund

This fund is for local community conservation groups based and working in New Zealand, and engaged in hands-on ecological restoration or conservation. 

Environmental Education Action Fund

This fund is for New Zealand schools, environmental education providers and community groups running education programmes where action for the environment is part of learning.

We’ll be accepting applications for both these funds from 14 September to 9 October 2020. Visit our website to find out if your project is suitable for funding and how to apply. 

If you have any queries contact WWF on 

Grant Administrator: 027 455 0051
Freephone: 0800 435 7993 
Email: 
community@wwf.org.nz  for Community Conservation Fund
education@wwf.org.nz for Environmental Education Action

Focus For Future – Short Film Competition

Are you interested in film and passionate about the environment? Then Lincoln Envirotown Trust challenge for you to make a short film that will stimulate those who view it into taking action!  Get creative and make a short film in any style.

Deadline for entries 31 August 2020

For more information go to Eventbrite focusforfuture2020.eventbrite.co.nz

Contact Dave Fitzjohn, 03 423 0445, projectmanagerlet@gmail.com

Predator Free Communities

The next round of funding for the Predator Free Communities programme will be open for applications on Monday 10th February 2020. Predator Free New Zealand Trust are looking for enthusiastic communities that want to make their backyards predator free and help native species thrive.

The funding round opens Monday 10th February 2020 and closes  Sunday 23rd February 2020. The application form is available here.

Seaweek

Kia ora koutou Ocean Lovers and Seaweek Supporters,

Seaweek – Kaupapa Moana is New Zealand’s annual national week celebrating the sea which takes place from Saturday 29 February to Sunday 8 March 2020.

Hosted by the NZ Association for Environmental Education (NZAEE), Seaweek focuses on learning about the ocean because it is so important to all our lives, no matter how far you are from it! Our mission is about exciting and inspiring all New Zealanders to renew their connections with the sea! This is not just for children or those involved with formal education – it’s a time for all of us to get to know our ocean, its habitats, characteristics and inhabitants better.

We are using the following theme Connecting With Our Seas and whakatauki: Ko au te moana, ko te moana ko au  –  I am the sea, the sea is me

The final event calendar is here.

Telling our Story

At long last, here is the information and image from 25 November hui- Te Kāhui Tūao (Constellation of Volunteers)- Telling our Story

The purpose of this hui was to start to capture the stories of the individuals and community organisations in the environmental sector. Participants worked in small groups and talked about key insights from their work, and explored the question “Why is this work important to you?” Their answers were then the nuggets of wisdom that are represented on the canvas as the Matariki Stars, in both words and images.

We will keep building our story with the goal of having a multi-media presentation that shows the collective impact of the environmental movement (past, present and future). This presentation will be shared with our communities, local and regional councils and visitors to this beautiful place we call home in 2020.

A working group is needed to guide this project. Please email Alison.bower@ecan.govt.nz  if you are interested or would like more information about this project.

He Uru Hou: Our Native Plants

Kōwhai. Image courtesy of Phil Bendle

Canterbury Museum – 30 October 2019 – 9 February 2020

When the East Polynesian ancestors of Māori landed in New Zealand, they applied their extensive knowledge of plants to the new species they encountered.

When botanists Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander arrived here 250 years ago with James Cook’s first expedition they brought a different way of thinking about and classifying this same flora.

He Uru Hou: Our Native Plants combines the Māori and European ways of interpreting our native plants, symbolised in the exhibition by Jo Torr’s 2006 artwork Pacific Crossings, an eighteenth-century European style coat and waistcoat made from tapa cloth and embroidered with native plant designs.

Learn how Māori used plants to make medicine, clothing and tools. See actual samples gathered by Banks and Solander. Understand the role of plants in supporting native animals.