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Go Plastic Free this July!

Be part of the solution to plastic pollution

Plastic Free July is officially here! PFJ is a global movement that encourages, inspires, educates and supports millions of people around the world to choose to refuse single-use plastics for an entire month.

Want to get involved?  The good news is, anyone can take part! The Plastic Free July website has heaps of ideas, tips and resources to help you get started. See here for the different types of plastics and situations where you can #choosetorefuse single-use (and other problematic) plastics, no matter where you are on your journey.

Keen to take part in Plastic Free July?

Here’s a few ways you can get involved at UC:

UC Sustainability is running weekly online challenges for you to participate in, with epic prizes up for grabs each week. From low-waste recipes to bulk-bin buying, they want to see how you are showing your love for Papatūānuku and reducing plastics in your life.  We’ll be sharing some student ideas each week too!

Keep an eye out on their Facebook and Instagram for the first weekly challenge coming on Friday 2 July (or check out this sneak peak for a head start!)

 

 

 

Pipiri Ki A Papatūānuku 

Matariki in Aotearoa is a time of rejuvenation and reset for both people and planet.  Pipiri Ki A Papatūānuku encourages individuals, whānau and other groups from both Aotearoa and around the world to dedicate just one lunar cycle to our taiao (environment).

This year, this falls from June 25 – July 24 2021.

Te Akatoki Māori Students’ Association is planning some activities to celebrate Pipiri Ki A Papatūānuku, so keep an eye out on their social media for ways you can be involved!
 

EnviroPAST: Plastic and Sustainability Talks

EnviroPAST is a by-youth-for-youth conference held at UC on 16 – 17 July, with an aim to inspire, educate, connect, and challenge young people to make positive environmental change, with a focus on plastic pollution.

The 2021 programme draws inspiration from the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development and seeks to break down the scientific basis of plastic pollution issues and solutions in ways that are relatable and engaging for students. The programme comprises five talks by experts in the field, four interactive workshops, and a beach clean-up and litter audit.

The organising team consists of four student volunteers: Zac Baker (UC),  E Wen Wong (UC), Emma Burton (Massey University), and William Wray (Burnside High School). Check out the details of this incredible student-led event here.

Are you taking part in Plastic Free July, either at home or at work? Send us an email, or be in touch over our social media channels so we can share and celebrate your mahi!

 

Sustainable Living Workshops coming up

Come along and learn a new skill (or dust off an old one), reduce your food’s carbon footprint, and have some wholesome foodie fun in our upcoming Sustainable Living Workshops!

Te Ngaki o Waiutuutu (Waiutuutu Community Garden) will be the host for three weekly lunch-hour workshops, focused on gaining and learning skills in the art of preserving, brewing and fermenting your own food.

These workshops will be free to attend and will be run by members of the community gardens community in Ōtautahi Christchurch.

Space is limited for these workshops, so please email chloe.sutton@canterbury.ac.nz to reserve a spot.

For more details, please see the Facebook events for these workshops below:

Workshop #1: Preserving (organic beetroot chutney)

Workshop #2: Brewing (kombucha and vinegars)

Workshop #3: Fermenting (sauerkraut and kimchi)

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Collaborate for Change at the SDG Summit at UC – EOIs sought

Calling all activators, artists, academics, 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 on social media.

Clear your desks: the Great Stationery Swap is coming!

Join us in recycling, reusing and repurposing all that stationery that has been left in your bottom drawer, stationery cupboard or resource room with the Great Stationery Swap, coming next week!

How to take part:

  • Drop off your stationery and other office supplies to the old UCSA Offices (Level 1, Puaka James-Hight) on Monday 19 and Tuesday 20 April between 9am – 4pm. Please place your items neatly on the tables provided.
  • Come back on Wednesday 21 – Friday 23 April between 9am – 4pm and  browse through to take what you or your department needs!
  • You don’t have to donate anything in order to take something back to your space. Our goal is to re-home as many items of unloved stationery as we can!

What to bring:

Any stationery or office supplies that are in good, clean, working condition will be welcomed at the Swap.

Why swap stationery?

By reusing, repurposing and rehoming already existing stationery and office supplies on campus, we are:

  • reducing the amount that goes to landfill
  • saving money by reducing purchasing and waste disposal costs
  • lowering the input of materials that goes into production and,
  • Taking action on Sustainable Development Goal 12 and the creation of a circular economy! 

A big thanks to Barb Fletcher from FM and the UC Admin Plus network for their support for this event. This message was brought to by the UC Sustainability Office. Stay connected and follow us on FacebookInstagram or sign up to our newsletter to stay in the loop about campus sustainability. For more information on sustainability at UC, see our website.

Is preserving totally your ‘jam’?

Join us for a free  lunch-hour workshop in Te Ngaki o Waiutuutu (Waiutuutu Community Garden) on the 27 April to learn the magic of preserving fruit and veggies for the winter months ahead.
 
Our guest speakers Dee and Steve will be be guiding you through the preserving process, from sterilising jars right through to eating the finished (delicious) product. Spoiler alert: we’ll be making an organic beetroot chutney!
 
There will be time for Q&A and sharing and sampling of other recipes and ideas for chutneys, jams and relishes to try at home.
 
What: Autumn Sustainable Living Series Workshop #1: Preserving
When: Tuesday 27 April, 12pm – 1pm
Where: Te Ngaki o Waiutuutu (Waiutuutu Community Garden)
More details and updates: Can be found on the Facebook event here.
 
Spots are limited to 20 people. Please RSVP to chloe.wium@canterbury.ac.nz to reserve your place.
 
We are asking for donations of small (jam – sized) jars for this workshop series. If you have jars to donate, please drop these to Waiutuutu Community Garden or the Sustainability Office ahead of the workshop.
 
Keep an eye out on the UC Sustainability Community Facebook page for the next two workshops to be announced in the series (hint, fermenting and brewing!).
 
This message was bought to you by the UC Sustainability Office. Stay connected, and be in touch with us! Follow us on Facebook or Instagram, sign up to our Sustainability Newsletter or check out our website for more information about what we do, and upcoming events.