The Otago University Students' Association (OUSA) will be holding our annual Environment Week from the 19th of August in an effort to raise student awareness of critical environmental issues, and inspire them to take action.
Keep updated with what's going on via the official facebook event page here.
Monday 19 August
> 5.30-7pm, OUSA Recreation Centre, Otago Room
The 2013 Environment Week begins with a bang! On Monday night you have a very valuable chance to contribute to the developing University of Otago Sustainability Strategy. What will the University look like in 10 years time? How will we get there? Have your say. Come along to be a part of the brainstorming battle, giveaways up for grabs!
Tuesday 20 August
Campus Garden Working Bee
> 10-2pm, Campus Garden (Lower Albany Street)
Want to get your hands stuck in and make a difference? Want to have a break and get some fresh air? This is the event for you. We'd love to see you at the campus garden on lower Albany Street for the Campus Garden Working Bee, brought to you by Students for Environmental Action.
Deep Sea Oil Drilling Film and Information Evening
> 7.30pm, OUSA Recreation Centre, Evison Lounge
Students for Environmental Action will screen the presentation made by award winning photo journalist John Wathan, where he recounts his experience on the ground and in the air documenting the catastrophic 2012 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Oil Free Otago will also be screening their recently released short film about oil exploration off our coast, in particular Anardarko's proposed test drilling programme this Summer. Come along to learn more about how the Otago community can stop deep sea oil drilling and mitigate the risks that it poses to our people, climate land and sea.
Wednesday 21 August
Climate Change TED Talk: Otago Climate Change Network presents Dr Sara Walton
> 12-1pm, Centre for Innovation Seminar Room
Why on earth would we think about climate change in Dunedin? Especially when there are so many other worries for businesses trying to survive in this current economic environment? Recognising the argument that there is opportunity for business in mitigating and adapting to climate change (which are both currently occurring), this talk will focus on the process of developing scenarios for future strategising to sensitise and plan for oneself as a citizen and as an employee to consider plausible happenings in the future.
Turn Your Junk into Funk Workshop
>2-6pm, Recreation Centre Practice Room
Brought to you by Fixing Faults, this workshop is a space for you to turn your old winter wardrobe and odds and ends into a spring delight and learn some truly handy skills. Bring along any unwanted treasures; clothes, skateboards, you name it and we will provide the tools and skills to fix it up, trade it on or keep it to treasure for yourself!
'Global Poverty Project NZ 1.4 Billion Reasons' Presentation
> 7pm, Colquhon Lecture Theatre
The wellbeing of the environment and people is closely interconnected. You are invited to experience this exciting and interactive presentation which sets out what it is like to live in extreme poverty, what can be done to change this situation and how all of us can be a part of the change. The presenter is Will Waterson, the National Director of the Global Poverty Project.
Thursday 22 August
Permaculture Seminar - CSAFE presents: Permaculture Design Consultant Jon Foote
> 4pm, Castle St Seminar Room 530
This seminar will introduce us to the concept of Permaculture design and how it fits into the landscape of food production within an urban, rural and a bio-regional perspective. What does design thinking bring, how can it build a more sustainable and resilient food system, and how can everyone do their bit to ensure New Zealand as a whole is truly self-sufficient? You might even take home some simple tricks you can apply to make your own garden more productive and lower your workload.
Environment Pub Quiz and DJ
>7pm, Refuel Bar
Young Greens and Young Labour join forces to bring you an: a) amazing, b) brain bending, c) convival, d) darn cool... e) Environment Quiz! Bring along a team of around four people to show off your environmental trivia knowledge- from global to local, politics to science and even Captain Planet (bags not being Heart). Free nibbles and special drinks deals for competitors, prizes up for grabs! Also featuring a local DJ to play some beats to get those brainwaves buzzing. All yours with a gold coin entry.
Friday 23 August
Climate Change Chats and Potluck
>6-8pm, OUSA Recreation Centre Room 2
Come and chill out on Friday evening with the Generation Zero crew, find out all about what our generation is doing to mobilise the transition to a carbon neutral Aotearoa and find out about how you can get involved!