Have your say on single-use plastic shopping bags

Kōrerohia te pēke hoko kirihou whakamahinga kotahi

Plastic pollution is harming our environment and biodiversity. Scientists estimate that there is over 150 million tonnes of plastic in the world’s oceans today. If nothing changes, plastic in our oceans could weigh more than the fish that live in them by 2050.

Single-use plastic shopping bags are part of the problem, and have become integrated into our everyday lives. Globally we use up to 5 trillion of them each year. But there are now alternatives, and countries, states and cities around the world are phasing them out.


Greenpeace – Creating a plan for a plastic free Aotearoa

The world is in a plastic pollution crisis. Up to 12.7 million tonnes of plastic waste enters our oceans every year, killing precious marine life – like whales and turtles – in its wake.

But despite growing public concern over the scale of the problem, the plastics industry want to increase production by 40% over the next decade, spewing yet more single-use plastic into our shared home.

It’s time to turn the plastic tap off, and together we have the power to do this.

We want to create a crowd-sourced, people-powered plastics strategy that will save our oceans, and the marine life that calls it home. One that safeguards our people and our planet from plastic contamination.

Right now, the Government is working on its own plans to curb plastic pollution. We hope that by seeing some of the amazing, ambitious plans ordinary New Zealanders have for our country – they’ll make sure they follow suit.

Here are some tips for writing your ideas:

  • Be bold – this plan should be ambitious
  • Be specific – what exactly is it you’d like to see
  • Government focused – let us know what you’d like to see implemented in NZ

Consultation on the Indicators Aotearoa NZ

Give your feedback on the development of well-being indicators called Indicators Aotearoa New Zealand – Ngā Tūtohu Aotearoa.

Stats NZ is developing Indicators Aotearoa New Zealand to track New Zealand’s progress. The set of indicators will go beyond economic measures, such as gross domestic product, to include well-being and sustainable development.

The indicators will build on international best practice and will be tailored to New Zealand by including cultural and te ao Māori perspectives. They will enable the government, councils, businesses, communities, and individuals to make choices around well-being and sustainability.


Fossil Free Aoraki – stop Fonterra using coal in its boilers

Our newly formed grassroots group is called Fossil Free Aoraki, we’re part of

The first   campaign is to get Fonterra to commit to no new coal boilers, as 2030 is far too late.

The petition link is:
Sign up for the Fossil Free Newsletter here.


Enviroschools Canterbury nominated for Selwyn Award



Make a submission on the Zero Carbon Act – it’s easy

Generation Zero have made it very easy to make a submission on the Zero Carbon Act. Just follow this link.


Public Meeting on the Zero Carbon Bill

Consultation is underway

We’re already seeing the impacts of climate change and it’s not just an environmental issue – there are social and economic implications too.

You have a part to play in deciding how New Zealand responds to climate change. The Zero Carbon Bill will set the long term commitment to transition us to a low-emission, climate resilient economy.

Christchurch public meeting Monday 25 June 5.00 – 7.00pm Savoy West, Rydges Christchurch, 30 Latimer Square, Christchurch


Networking for the Environment – Future of Funding II

Thursday 28 June, 9.30am – 1.00pm

More information here.


Red Zone Futures exhibition

As part of Christchurch’s regeneration, we have an unprecedented opportunity to plan the future of the land along the Ōtākaro Avon River that includes the area known as the ‘former Residential Red Zone’.

Our free Red Zone Futures public exhibition is now open. We welcome you to consider what has happened to this land, and tell us what you’d like to see next.

Exhibition details

Where: 99 Cashel St, Cashel Mall, Christchurch
When: 10am–3pm daily (Thursdays until 7pm) from 26 May to 30 June 2018
How much: Free!

Children are welcome. Venue is accessible for everyone.

Read more here.


The ECO Canterbury Environmental Activities calendar

The ECO Canterbury Environmental Activities Calendar is here.

Here is a letter from Diana Shand to assist publicising the calendar. Please let your members know about the calendar and generally spread the word about its existence. The more relevant events we can get up on the calendar the more useful it will be to all of us and the public in general. If it helps you please continue to submit events via the form (one activity at a time) or spreadsheet (multiple activities) or by referring me (Dave Evans, to your Facebook events. However, I don’t mind how the events are submitted, as long as they are in an electronic form of some kind. Paper would be OK, but only if the event description is short.