Sus­tain­abil­ity fo­cus of One Sum­mit fes­ti­val

Otago Daily Times - - REGIONS - SEAN NUGENT sean.nugent@odt.co.nz

THE com­mu­ni­ties of Queen­stown and Wanaka could be­come ‘‘real lead­ers’’ of sus­tain­able change, or­gan­is­ers of a sus­tain­abil­ity fes­ti­val tak­ing place around the dis­trict say.

The in­au­gu­ral One Sum­mit fes­ti­val be­gins next week­end and will run for nine days, with events and workshops in Glenorchy, Queen­stown and Wanaka, cov­er­ing a range of top­ics from cli­mate change, tourism and fash­ion.

Or­gan­is­ers Monique Kelly and Arna Craig said yes­ter­day the fes­ti­val’s aim was to ‘‘ed­u­cate, in­spire and en­able’’.

‘‘Or­gan­i­sa­tions are work­ing in their own ar­eas of sus­tain­abil­ity, be it land, wa­ter, or what have you. They al­ready ex­ist so we’re not try­ing to be an­other one of those, we’re try­ing to bring ev­ery­body to­gether and en­able those con­ver­sa­tions at a grass­roots level to in­spire change,’’ Ms Kelly said.

The fes­ti­val had been de­signed around the United Na­tions’ Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals and Ms Kelly said the events and workshops through­out the week would cover all 17 of those.

‘‘I think what we want peo­ple to get out of it is an un­der­stand­ing that sus­tain­abil­ity is not just about the en­vi­ron­ment. It’s about the en­vi­ron­ment, busi­ness and the econ­omy and how they’re all in­ter­linked.’’

The event comes in light of the UN In­ter­gov­ern­men­tal Panel on Cli­mate Change re­port re­leased ear­lier this week that de­clared the world must take ‘‘rapid, far­reach­ing and un­prece­dented changes in all as­pects of so­ci­ety’’ in or­der to avoid an en­vi­ron­men­tal dis­as­ter.

While the news was sober­ing, the Queen­stown Lakes dis­trict had the po­ten­tial to set a

❛ I think what we want peo­ple to get out of it is an un­der­stand­ing that sus­tain­abil­ity is not just about the

en­vi­ron­ment. It’s about the en­vi­ron­ment, busi­ness and the econ­omy and how they’re all

in­ter­linked

One Sum­mit fes­ti­val or­gan­iser Monique Kelly

prece­dent, Ms Kelly said.

‘‘I think we can do it re­ally quickly. I think our com­mu­nity can be­come real lead­ers in change and show­ing what can be done be­cause we’ve got the ca­pac­ity to do it and we’re small enough to be able to try things out.’’

‘‘It’s not just about one event, it’s about mak­ing sure this is a con­tin­u­ous process,’’ she said.

‘‘The process has al­ready started but it’s just about ac­cel­er­at­ing it, and we think this event will help do that,’’ Ms Craig said.

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