EnviroPAST – Day 2

Reflection by MC (Tim Jones – The Grow Good Guy)

It’s a wrap 🎥!

Enviro-PAST 2019 is complete and what a complete 2 days it was.

I’ve been around a few conferences and events in my time and this one was one of the best ever.

2 days of focused attention on the challenges that we all face at so many levels from our almost complete reliance on plastics.

Thanks to:

Samantha Jory-Smart for her art as poetry.
Monique Kelly from Revology.
Anthea Madill from Remix Plastic for more beeswax wrap
Megan Blakie for her workshop.
Raquelle de Vine from Algalita Marine Research and Education for the toolbox tips
and Helena Ruffell from University of Canterbury for your inspiring actions!

But beyond just education, there were genuine, real-world examples of people actually taking a stand and doing something about this challenge and plenty of tools and ideas for attendees to take with them to implement.

What’s the most impressive thing is that this whole event was put together by such a young group of amazing humans. I need some parenting tips from those that have raised this group!

Can’t wait to see this event come back next year and then go national – cos it needs to!

Massive churs to:

Wright Family Foundation as the Gold Sponsor

Environment Canterbury, Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū, Strawberry Sound Canterbury (Nick you are a bloody legend) and Scion Research as Silver Sponsors

Trees For Canterbury, Trade Aid New Zealand, Kiwibank, Can Do Canterbury, Christchurch City Council, Fair + Square Soapery, Christchurch Airport and Raglan Coconut Yoghurt for your support

Particularly looking forward to making use of the soap and yoghurt I got in my MC’s pack!


EnviroPAST 2019 – Day 1

Reflections on Day One – By MC Tim Jones (The Grow Good Guy)

Enviro-PAST day 1 done and dusted!

Just astounded by the attitude, skills and passion shown today by our next generation of humans.

Equally awesome to hear from The Rubbish Whisperer, Remix Plastic, Ruth Dyson and Ian Shaw from University of Canterbury. All of them sharing really practical ways that the attendees can make a real dent on our plastics problem.

The crew were busy planting trees Trees For Canterbury to round off day 1.

Bring on day 2! Still opportunities to get down and be a part of it.


Bishop Park Clean Up

Join the Waterbourne movement and ensure our coastlines are clean and safe. With the support of Sustainable Coastlines, we will provide you with the resources to cleanup Wellington beaches whilst getting a better understanding of how you can make a difference in your day to day life.

Not only will you be able to help clean Eastbourne – Petone, but we will also have a team on Ward Island.
Register to join the Waterbourne Beach Clean Up team.

We will Provide for Registered Participants:
– Bags
– Gloves
– Rubbish Disposal
– 1st Aid Trained Staff
– Light refreshments and Water
– Litter Transect Methodology
– East by West Ferry Transport to Matiu Somes Island

What to bring:
– Sturdy shoes (hiking boots are best)
– Raincoat (essential) and warm clothes
– Filled water bottle
– Snacks
– Hat
– Dry top if you like (we may get rained on)

Reducing Our Household Rubbish: The Zero Waste Approach

The Waiheke Resources Trust and Island Waste Collective are pleased to host The Rubbish Trip’s popular presentation on zero waste living at the Waiheke Sustainability Centre.

Join Hannah and Liam, the Two No-Waste Nomads behind The Rubbish Trip, for an introduction to the practicalities and philosophy of waste reduction. Drawing on their own research and over three years of experience living zero waste, Hannah and Liam will guide you through the whys and the hows of life without a rubbish bin, including:

– What is the zero waste movement? Why is waste reduction important?

– How zero waste principles can revolutionise your perspectives on living and lifestyle, beyond your rubbish bin.

– Innovative examples of waste minimisation policy, practice and thinking from around the globe, and how these might inform community-level waste reduction.

– Tips for how you can reduce the rubbish in your life (including fun DIY household products, cosmetics, and other life hacks).

This event is free; everyone is welcome. Free zero waste nibbles will be provided.

This talk is part of The Rubbish Trip’s travelling project, taking the zero waste message around Aotearoa New Zealand. Follow them on Facebook for updates and upcoming events around the country!1209519-539839-34.png

Eye on Nature

South Auckland’s biggest environmental event, Eye on Nature is back for 2019!

Join hundreds of Auckland families at this eco educational event offering fun games and activities for all ages.


Pop Lab

Pop Lab is a showroom for locally produced, digitally exportable goods. It showcases how sustainable production and conscious consumption reduces waste and connects productive communities. Pop Lab is “Small-Box” retail, the antithesis of a Big-Box retailer, where products are made in the retail space instead of mass-produced.

Retail – Workshop – Installation
Pūmanawa (upstairs in the Boys’ High building)
The Arts Centre of Christchurch
11 December -17 February Open 10am-5pm Tues-Sun


Turn the Tide on Plastic

Every little bit counts towards turning the tide on plastic – including your signature on the Kiwi Bottle Drive petition! P.S. Our Beaches is in full support of this petition, the fantastic cause it represents and are in awe of the amazing work and ideas brewing from the Kiwi Bottle Drive team.

Next month, on Tuesday the 27th of November, people from across Aotearoa are coming together in a day-of-action to turn the tide on plastic. From wherever you are in the country, you can take a small (or big) action to show your support for clean oceans and healthy communities. The Kiwi Bottle Drive team are campaigning for a #CashForTrash bottle deposit system for Aotearoa, to protect our ocean from toxic plastic pollution and help our communities realise a world without waste. The nationwide day-of-action will run in the lead up to the delivery of their petition to Parliament on December 4th. The aim is to get AS MANY SIGNATURES ON THE PETITION AS POSSIBLE, so when they deliver it the following week, the folks at the beehive hear the message loud and clear!

P.S. Our Beaches will be holding a petition signing on this day at 12.45pm in the quad at Burnside High so come along if you’re nearby!

Rise for Climate

On the evening of September 7th at the Cardboard Cathedral, 350 Christchurch and Fossil Free Aoraki are hosting a forum of inspirational speakers from different sectors describing what they are doing to tackle climate change. Come along and hear from these climate action leaders in Canterbury and learn what you can do to help our country fight climate change! Come along from 7:30pm – 9:30pm to be inspired! Find out more: here.

As a follow up event to the forum, on Saturday 8 September, thousands of rallies will be held in cities and towns around the world to demand our local leaders commit to building a fossil free world that works for all of us. The Spring Climate Fair will be held in Victoria Square from 1pm-3pm to bring like-minded people together to “spreading seeds of hope” in tackling climate change. There will be live music, food stalls and informative stalls dedicated to groups who are focused on climate action and sustainability. Fossil Free Aoraki will be sharing their latest campaign – encouraging Fonterra to kick their coal habit. Click the link to the sign the petition https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/fonterra-no-new-coal-boilers. 350 Christchurch will have native seedlings to take home for a small koha, so you can tackle climate change by planting something small.

Bring along the whole family, learn something new and let’s celebrate the mighty power of plants! Join us as we hold our local leaders to account and demand that they walk the talk on climate action! RSVP here or visit the Facebook Event page.

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