Sus­tain­able Liv­ing clicks on af­ter Earth Hour

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Sus­tain­abil­ity ed­u­ca­tion evening classes held at high schools and other venues will be ready for action in the sec­ond term of 2009 as a fol­lowup to Earth Hour.

Th­ese com­mu­ni­ty­based classes, fo­cused on prac­ti­cal use­ful action you can tackle at home, start in late April and early May.

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“We are pleased to of­fered in Man­darin sup­port the Earth Hour Chi­nese in Auck­land on event held last week­end April 4 and Waitakere with this prac­ti­cal fol­from April 23. low-up,” says Sus­tainSus­tain­able Liv­ing is able Liv­ing Ed­u­ca­tion sup­ported by 26 partTrust na­tional co­or­di­naner coun­cils, spread tor Rhys Tay­lor. from South­land up to

“The one-term evening Waitakere and the Far cour­ses, and in ru­ral loNorth, via Dunedin, cations mostly sin­gle Christchurch, Nel­son, ses­sion work­shops, of­Greater Welling­ton, Bay fer detailed in­for­ma­tion of Plenty, Waikato and and a chance for dis­cus­many dis­tricts, and by sion. project fund­ing from

“We help peo­ple get Min­istry for the En­vi­mo­ti­vated to take on ron­ment. new shop­ping and It is man­aged by char­i­travel habits, try bet­ter ta­ble trustees ap­pointed per­form­ing home ap­pliby the coun­cils and two an­ces and in­su­la­tion, to co­or­di­na­tors on con­tract save some money and to make con­nec­tions be­cre­ate a health­ier home tween in­de­pen­dent lo­cal in the process. tu­tors, ed­u­ca­tion venues

“Peo­ple’s well­be­ing, as and coun­cil staff, which well as the en­vi­ron­ment, de­liver the na­tion­ally is in­flu­enced by our daide­vel­oped ma­te­rial with ly choices as con­sumers, a use­ful lo­cal flavour. so we at the Sus­tainAd­di­tional tu­tors are able Liv­ing Ed­u­ca­tion be­ing re­cruited for the Welling­ton re­gion in April. The an­nounce­ment of the tu­tor­ing op­por­tu­nity for Auck­land in a news­pa­per ar­ti­cle last year brought them 70 skilled ap­pli­cants, even though the tu­tor role is part-time and only mod­estly paid.

“Sus­tain­abil­ity is more un­der­stood to­day than six years ago, when we started,” says Rhys, “and many peo­ple are aware that New Zealand faces cli­mate change and lim­ited global re­sources, so they are ready to learn and try out new ideas, es­pe­cially if they can also lower their power bills, trim car­bon emis­sions and find out how to grow fresh food in the back­yard.”

Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on the web­site or email rhys@sus­tain­able­liv­ing. org.nz. • Me­lanie Voyce will run a five-week course at Sel­wyn Col­lege in term two on Wed­nes­day evenings from May 6.

To en­rol, call Sel­wyn Com­mu­nity Ed­u­ca­tion, 245 Ko­hi­marama Rd, on 5219623 or email info@ sel­wyn­comed.school. nz or visit www.sus­tain­able­liv­ing.org.nz.

For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Me­lanie Voyce on 021-0649268 or Eion Scott, Eco De­sign Ad­vi­sor, Auck­land City Coun­cil, on 353-9048.

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