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Hot Air – Film Screening and Panel Discussion on climate change

Hot Air – The politics of climate change in New Zealand: Film Screening and Panel Discussion

  • Date: Tuesday 10 November 2015, 07:00PM to 10 November 2015, 09:00PM
  • Location: C1 Lecture Theatre, University of Canterbury Ilam Campus

In the build up to the climate talks in Paris, UC Department of Political Science & International Relations is proud to host a screening of the documentary film Hot Air followed by a discussion with director Alister Barry who is  joined by a panel of speakers reflecting on the path to Paris, issues for New Zealand and the world.

During the summer of 1988 temperatures soared across America causing widespread droughts. Climate change was now on the world’s political agenda and New Zealand promised to do its share to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

HOT AIR is the story of twenty years of political struggle between politicians, scientists and activists wanting to reduce New Zealand’s emissions, and corporate leaders and their lobbyists working to protect profits and commercial advantage.

Key political leaders inside and outside parliament describe their victories and defeats, businessmen and lobbyists explain their strategies and concerns. Political commentators and academics take us behind the scenes to show how politics in New Zealand really works.

Including a wealth of archival material and interviews, this feature documentary is a thoughtful and provocative response to the question – is it possible for a small democratic nation to address the greatest political challenge of the age?

For further information please contact lea.kortman@canterbury.ac.nz

Eco Week Wednesday 16 September

Here are tomorrow’s (Wednesday 16 September) Eco Week events, brought to you by the UC Sustainability Office

12 pm : Climate Kilometre Grand Parade
Do your #ClimateKilometre en masse with Generation Zero, to raise awareness about the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris this November. The Grand Parade will feature electric cars, crazy bikes, colourful costumes, and whatever modes of zero carbon transport you like – be creative! Bikes, skateboards, scooters and rollerblades welcome.

Meet at 12pm by C Block lawn, the parade starts at 12.30pm. Treats and talks in the Undercroft lounge  from 1pm onwards!

5.30–7.30 pm:  Eco Week Documentary: The True Cost
This year we are screening the ground-breaking and harrowing documentary “The True Cost”. This recently released documentary film pulls back the curtain on the untold story of fashion and asks, who really pays the price for our clothing? Where: The Undercroft 101

The True Cost

 

Eco Week Tuesday 15 September

Here are tomorrow’s Eco Week events, brought to you by the UC Sustainability Office

12:10–12:40: Tiny House Tiny Talk
Tiny houses tickle your fancy? Lucie Ozanne shares her research highlights on tiny houses. Where: Psychology-Sociology 151.

1pm-4pm: Tiny House Open Day
Visit real life tiny houses built by UC students! Places are limited to 22 people and bookings are essential. Contact ecoweek@canterbury.ac.nz to book.

From Christchurch Tiny House Communty

Which bin do I put my coffee cup in?!

coffee cups playClick to see how to correctly dispose of your coffee cup

If you have ever taken the time to ask yourself this question, then thank you! The UC Sustainability team work hard to ensure waste is disposed of correctly and reduced as much as possible.

The labels on the bins around campus are currently out of date and will be updated soon, so please watch the short video linked above to familiarise yourself with the correct way to dispose of your coffee cups.

In summary:

  • disposable cups and lids go in the red bins
  • if you’re near a cafe, you can put your cup in a blue bin, but still put the lid in a red bin
  • remember to bring your own mug or reusable cup to your cafe

If we all put in a small effort to do our bit we can create a more sustainable campus for everyone!

Check out the UC Sustainability website for more ways you can help look after our beautiful campus.