The inaugural Auckland Climate Festival has begun, and Week One has been an overwhelming success. Here are a few highlights from the festival’s first of three weeks.
Being locked down for the school holidays was difficult for a lot of kids around Auckland, but The ReCreators brought us a little joy by way of fart molecules. The purpose of the class was both scientific and crafty. Kids and adults were able to make their own gas molecules using upcycled materials found at home, and learned a few ways to be kinder to our planet. Participants were able to show off their work to others, and had fun doing so. Thank you for bringing your joyous event to Auckland Climate Festival, The ReCreators.
Repair Café celebrated International Repair Day on Saturday 16 October, with a virtual session about the circular economy. It was a pleasure to hear from key players in the Zero Waste movement in Aotearoa about repairability and stewardship – thanks for taking part, Repair Café Aotearoa!
The Institute of Directors welcomed an impressive virtual turnout for Tina Porou’s address on climate urgency and cultural impact assessments. Tina shared some ideas on how to improve organisations’ tikanga on environmental matters, and how “Kaitiakitanga transcends sustainability”.
“It is derived from the spiritual relationship and obligations through whakapapa, from our Atua to tangata whenu, we depend on our taiao,” Tina said. An insightful discussion, thank you Tina and The Institute of Directors.
Renowned energy economist Michael Liebreich joined The Climate Change Commission NZ from the UK last week, to chat about New Zealand’s transition to net zero. Michael shared an engaging and hopeful presentation, alongside a panel from The Climate Change Commission. To view the full recorded session, click here.
There were many more events that took place last week, and we look forward to sharing more highlights from Week Two.
Image credit: The ReCreators