En­vi­ro­fest to cel­e­brate quar­ter cen­tury

The Tribune (NZ) - - WHAT'S ON - JOANNA TAY­LOR, PNCET VOL­UN­TEER

Twenty five years ago, the Palmer­ston North City En­vi­ron­men­tal Trust was formed.

Its vi­sion was to guide the city to­wards a more en­vi­ron­men­tally sus­tain­able and vi­brant com­mu­nity, while the trust’s mis­sion is to pro­vide stim­u­lat­ing ac­tiv­i­ties that con­trib­ute to this vi­sion.

A 25th birth­day cel­e­bra­tion is a great achieve­ment for a non­govern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tion.

To cel­e­brate this mile­stone, PNCET are plan­ning En­vi­ro­Fest, a cel­e­bra­tion of Palmer­ston North’s en­vi­ron­men­tal sec­tor with an ac­tion-packed three weeks of ac­tiv­i­ties from Oc­to­ber 2 to 23.

The fes­ti­val aims to en­gage the com­mu­nity in sus­tain­abil­ity is­sues as well as giv­ing the en­vi­ron­men­tal sec­tor in our city a boost through pub­lic recog­ni­tion and pro­file rais­ing.

It is hoped the fes­ti­val will in­spire and ed­u­cate about ways for ev­ery­one to live more sus­tain­ably.

The range of ac­tiv­i­ties should suit just about any­one. There are work­shops for chil­dren in­clud­ing weta ho­tel con­struc­tion, pup­pet mak­ing, gar­den­ing, bike flag mak­ing and dis­play, Dr Seuss in­spired green crafts and na­ture walks.

For youth (13 to 19 years) there is an or­ganic cook­ing class, while ‘‘The rise of so­cial ac­count­ing’’ work­shop will dis­cuss how tra­di­tional cost ac­count­ing and a fo­cus sim­ply on profit has to change and other fac­tors such as a com­pany’s im­pact on the en­vi­ron­ment need to be con­sid­ered.

There are also a num­ber of talks on lo­cal as well as global is­sues. Among them is ‘‘Palmy 2050’’, a dis­cus­sion about Palmer­ston North’s sus­tain­abil­ity chal­lenges and aspi­ra­tions for 2050.

Oth­ers in­clude ‘‘The global waste cri­sis: where to from here?’’, ‘‘Re­treat­ing glaciers and crum­bling moun­tains’’ as well as talks on permaculture, sus­tain­abil­ity and frack­ing.

In the spirit of the great Kiwi out­doors, there will also be a num­ber of guided walks. One of them, a bio­di­ver­sity field trip to Fox­ton, in­cludes a visit to the Wildlife Fox­ton Trust Cen­tre and a boat ride, as well as a num­ber of speak­ers.

Guided walks through lo­cal bush ar­eas will be suit­able for fam­i­lies with chil­dren to take part in.

For more in­for­ma­tion about En­vi­ro­Fest, visit the PNCET web­site, or see Face­book and Eventfinda.

PHOTO: JU­LIA PANFYLOVA

Teens in the Youth Space kitchen learn­ing how to cre­ate or­ganic meals.

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