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We've lots of news for you this Friday.
A new issue of ECOlink
is in production and will be posted by mid-October.
World Wildlife Fund: the world’s vertebrate wildlife population has halved in 40 years
There could be no more telling evidence of the massive impact the human population is having on the other species with which we share this planet. Biodiversity loss is now at critical levels, says the WWF.
Read more here
Canon offer $15,000 in Environmental Grants to help grow community projects throughout NZ
Canon New Zealand is calling for kiwis to get applications in and apply for its Environmental Grants Programme, offering $15,000 worth of grants in-kind to New Zealand schools, community groups and not-for-profit organisations working hard to make a difference to their environment and the community.
There are three grants available, with each winning project receiving $5,000 worth of Canon equipment to help support their initiative – from digital compact and DSLR cameras, to binoculars, printers, security cameras or projectors.
Winners are selected based on the environmental merits of each project, as well as on the impact that the Canon products would make to support the project and realise its success.
Applications for this year’s grants are open to community based or regional organisations as well as education organisations including preschool, primary and secondary or tertiary projects. Applications are now open until Friday 10 October 2014.
The 2014 Canon Environmental Grants will be awarded under the following categories:
An environmental project with significance to a rural or regional area within New Zealand;
An environmental project being run by a kindergarten, primary or secondary school or tertiary organisation, or group within the organisation, within New Zealand;
An environmental project being run by a community group or organisation within New Zealand.
for to apply and for further details.
Food Matters Conference in New Zealand in February 2015
The conference will held in Wellington in February but there will also be a tour of speakers in other cities, Christchurch on 9th
February, Hawkes Bay 16/17 February, and Auckland on the 19th
Professor Seralini, Professor Huber, Dr. Shiva, Chef Douzelet
Professor Jack Heinemann, Moana Jackson, Dr. Jessica Hutchings, Dr. Meriel Watts, Bob Mackley, Simon Terry, Stephanie Howard, Wendy McGuiness, Mark Christensen, Phyllis Tichinin
October: Save Kiwi Month
On the 1st
October Kiwis for kiwi launched Save Kiwi Month 2014 which aims to raise funds to protect our national bird from extinction.
Only 70,000 kiwi remain and we are losing 2% of them every year.
This means 27 kiwi per week, and at this rate, if we don’t accelerate the number of kiwi under protection they could disappear from the mainland in our lifetime.
We asked New Zealand kids what a future without kiwi would look like to them.
Their response is a wake-up call to all New Zealanders to spread the word and donate today to make sure our kids don’t grow up without kiwi…
Please share this link with your friends, family and followers: http://www.kiwisforkiwi.org
On the website is some suggested copy for Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to get other New Zealanders behind the cause.
Thank you so much – every share, click and like and of course donation makes a huge difference! People can donate online at the website, at bnz.co.nz or any BNZ branch.
Sharing some news from one of our Member Groups, Climate Justice Taranaki:
OMV Maari development drilling application
Thank you to all those who have submitted to EPA, opposing OMV’s development drilling application at the Maari oil field. Of the 155 submissions, all but 6 want EPA to decline OMV’s application. A number of new documents have been put up on EPA website re the application and more can be expected, including EPA staff report and OMV’s reply to EPA re cumulative effects and oil spill risk. So do keep checking the EPA website: http://www.epa.govt.nz/EEZ/omv/
Hearing on the application will begin from 29 October. For those who plan to attend, EPA has a procedural document with details you’ll need to know.
Contaminated milk from Taranaki landfarms
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has received results on the first round of tests of milk collected from 17 Taranaki landfarms and mix-bury-cover sites, where oil industry wastes have been disposed of. On 30th July, MPI referred to a substance as ‘X’ being detected at levels below food safety concern. Here’s our media release about it: http://climatejusticetaranaki.wordpress.com/2014/07/31/media-release-stop-putting-livestock-on-toxic-waste-dumps/
Two weeks later, MPI released the milk testing report, revealing the presence of four contaminants: toluene, barium, mineral saturated long-chain hydrocarbons and Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDEs) in some of the milk samples. MPI concluded that there is no food safety risk, as the levels of contaminants detected were so low and there was no evidence that they were derived from drilling wastes. http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/rural/252198/no-food-safety-risk-in-oil-waste-mpi
The report gives no detail about the sampling method, sample size, quality assurance and control, or landuse information about the farms. It appears to be a ‘snap shot’ study, based on a very limited number of samples and no information essential for the identification of the possible sources of contaminants. As such, the results cannot be interpreted as ‘landfarms are safe’. It certainly gives no assurance that meat from animals that have grazed on Taranaki’s landfarms would pose on food safety, as some heavy metals are known to accumulate in organs while organic compounds are stored in animal fat. So far, MPI has no plans to conduct any meat testing, despite dry stock grazing on some of these farms.
George Monbiot articles
George Monbiot writes for the UK Guardian
on matters of international relations, the environment, climate change, and much else of urgent relevance to world affairs. You can read his articles on his website
and subscribe to his articles by email.
Three Free courses of considerable interest
Message of Pr. Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network.
The Sustainable Development Solutions Network is proud to present its new education initiative, SDSN.edu, which brings together online courses on sustainable development created by experts from around the world! We are rolling out several exciting courses throughout the Fall. Please join us in spreading the word!
We are kicking off SDSN.edu with three courses:
1. I am offering my course The Age of Sustainable Development
again, starting September 9, 2014. There will also be a special bonus this Fall: all students that complete the course will receive the free e-book version of my new book, titled The Age of Sustainable Development
2. The two-semester course Climate Change Science & Negotiations
, taught by myself and Emmanuel Guerin, will introduce the science and policies of climate change. The course includes a simulated UNFCCC negotiation during the second semester, in which students take on the role of country delegates. This course coincides with the broader SDSN Climate Change Call to Action
3. Planetary Boundaries and Human Opportunities
, by Prof. Johan Rockström and his colleagues at the Stockholm Resilience Center, offers an outstanding overview of sustainability science and potential pathways for human well-being.
All three SDSN.edu courses are free of charge and are now open for enrollment
. Other SDSN.edu courses are in preparation.
The Sustainable Development Solutions Network is proud to launch SDSN.edu, a new flagship educational initiative offering free online courses on sustainable development, created and brought to you by global experts from around the world! Come join a global community of students to learn how you can make a difference. Sign up today for our inaugural courses. In case of any questions, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org
"This is really mining"
Karangahake Mayor admits that the mining that has started in Karangahake Gorge is in fact- MINING! Read the story
on our website.
Finally, some good news
– the US has just created its largest national park - and it’s twice the size of Texas. Read more here
All the best from your ECO team.
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