Envirofest to celebrate quarter century
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.
Teens in the Youth Space kitchen learning how to create organic meals.