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.


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


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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Christchurch Climate Challenge Conference 

The Climate Challenge Conference is running for the first time this year in Christchurch! The conference will take place on the 28th of July at the University of Canterbury.  The weekend will include a range of nationally acclaimed speakers, workshops, panels, an excursion and opportunities to connect with other high school students along with local and national leaders. I’ve been invited as a stallholder at the event, so come and see me at lunch time to find out a little it more about P.S. Our Beaches. Spaces are limited so register now! http://www.climatechallenge.co.nz/christchurch-conference.html

Sustainable Coastlines Clean-Up

Today my Dad and I managed to cover a 6.5 km stretch of New Brighton and Waimairi beach as part of a New Brighton beach clean-up. Organised by Sustainable Coastlines, Corona Extra and Fly My Pretties, the clean-up brought together 70 volunteers across the city. The weather held up quite nicely, making for a highly worthwhile 3000 litre rubbish collection!

Find out more by reading this Sustainable Coastlines article or Dominion Post report.




Dunes Restoration Trust Conference

The Dunes Trust National Conference is being held in Christchurch from 22-26 March 2017.

The conference is themed ‘Diverse coastal environments in a time of change’ with a main Conference during the first three days and field trips to Kaitorete Spit and Banks Peninsula (south), Ashworths Beach, Leithfield Beach, Gore Bay and Amberley Beach  during the weekend

This annual conference sounds like it’s going to be a good one, so fingers-crossed we’ll be there. Find out more here.


New Brighton Audit

Our recent survey results informed us of New Brighton being the most popular beach destinations, with a range of views on how severe the pollution issue was.

When visiting the area, we were shocked at how much rubbish we found, as within 30 minutes we managed to collect the amount of rubbish below. In our collection, we found a large number of drink cans or bottles and fish and chip papers. Overall, most of the litter was situated 200m either side of the pier in the sand dune area. What we found most annoying was large amounts of litter very close to the bins!

Thanks to Pieter Borcherds, Ranger – Project Manager for Regional Parks from the Christchurch City Council, for supplying us with bags, gloves and disposal for our litter collection.