Category Archives: Sustainability

Darn! Do you have clothes that need fixing?

Don’t throw out clothes with small holes and tears, come and learn how you can fix them at home!

UC Sustainability in partnership with OpSoc, UCSA and UC Wellbeing are running a darning and alterations workshop this Thursday 6th May from 10am-12pm in the Te Rua Makerspace, located in Puaka-James Hight L2.

Bring along your clothes (maybe some you picked up at the Clothes Swap on Wednesday) and our talented creatives will show you how to either darn (hand-sew) or use the sewing machines to alter and/or mend your clothes. How exciting!

#lovedclotheslast #fashionrevolution #whomademyclothes

Sign for Freedom and take action against modern slavery!

Be a part of the student movement for passing a Modern Slavery Act in Aotearoa, with activations happening on campus next week!

Trade Aid and World Vision are asking tertiary students all around Aotearoa to simultaneously sign the petition to urge our Government to pass a Modern Slavery Act in New Zealand.

Why is a Modern Slavery Act important?

40 million people globally are in modern slavery. Unlike many other countries, New Zealand has no legislation that requires companies to undertake due diligence looking into the risks of modern slavery within their supply chains and taking actions to address those risks.
Modern Slavery legislation is a key way for New Zealand companies to work together to eliminate modern slavery in private and public sector supply chains.

As a UC student you can take action and show your support by:

What is Modern Slavery?

Modern slavery is the severe exploitation of other people for personal or commercial gain. Modern slavery is a human rights violation with exploitation at its heart. Forced labour, human trafficking, sexual exploitation and debt bondage are forms of modern slavery.

Why do we need a Modern Slavery Act?

There are more people in slavery now than in any other time in history. Modern slavery is in the clothes you wear, the coffee you drink and the goods you love. The world is small and interconnected. Every time we purchase a product there is a chain reaction felt around the world. Clothing. Sugar. Electronics. No country or industry is unaffected.

It’s time to make slavery in our products history. Modern Slavery Acts make it easier for a consumer to expect slavery-free products and services from companies. They help prevent slavery through transparency and accountability. They require businesses to understand the risks of modern slavery in their purchasing, to report on those risks and take action to address them. They give the business community guidance and a level playing field.

What is the petition and it’s ask?

Trade Aid and World Vision respectfully request that the House of Representatives, as a matter of urgency, enacts Modern Slavery legislation that requires public and private entities to report on the risks of modern slavery in their operations and supply chains, and on the actions they are taking to address those risks.

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Collaborate for Change at the SDG Summit at UC!

Calling all activators, artists,  students, thinkers, community leaders and organisations!

Would you like to be a part of a two-day Summit event in Ōtautahi Christchurch at UC, focussed on connecting, learning, collaborating, and taking real action on the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?

We are now calling for Expressions of Interest from all those interested in leading a Kōrerorero (dialogue/conversation) and Action Space at the 2021 Aotearoa Sustainable Development Goals Summit at the University of Canterbury, September 2-3. The theme of this Summit is ‘Collaborating for Systemic Change’.

This SDG Summit event will predominantly be participant-led and with a strong focus on inclusion, engagement, action and innovation. With this in mind, we are looking for sessions that incorporate these values, for example (but not limited to), world cafes, fishbowl conversations, collaborative action planning and creative expressions.

The Summit event is held over two consecutive days (September 2-3) with the first day being a mixture of panel discussions, activations, workshops, activities and small-group discussions at the University of Canterbury Campus.

The second day is primarily field trips, with the opportunity for delegates to see examples of the SDGs in action around the Waitaha Canterbury region. The field trips will explore the SDGs in the City Centre, Lincoln, and the Banks Peninsula context.

We highly value inclusivity and diversity, and we welcome EOIs from a broad range of thinkers, actors, activators, provocateurs, artists and organisations.

Find the EOI form and more details here. Please note we do have a limited programme so there may not be scope to accept all EOIs. Submissions close on Friday 7 May.

Hui 2# videos

Missed our most recent online SDG Hui#2 ‘Be the Change’ last month? Check out the video recordings of the panels, workshops, lightning talks and creative moments, and get ready for the next online Hui#3: ‘Working Together for Change’ coming up on June 24.

The 2020-2021 Aotearoa New Zealand SDG Summit Series is co-hosted by the University of Canterbury and Lincoln University, with support from the Christchurch City Council and Ara Institute of Canterbury. Building on two previous SDG Summits, the 2020-2021 Series is here to take people on a journey from an individual understanding of the SDGs to collective action, under an overall theme of ‘Pathways to (Urgent) Action’.

For more information on the 2020-2021 Aotearoa New Zealand SDG Summit Series, check out the website, sign up to the mailing list, and follow their mahi (work) on social media.