Pt Chev Mystery Bike Hike #1

Did you know you can ride for miles in most directions from Pt Chev, almost entirely free from traffic? Join us for the first of what we hope will be many local bike adventures, exploring off-road connected bike paths in our hood and beyond!

We’ll gather in the town square outside the library – then head off, on an out-and-back ride of ~14km. It’s about half an hour in each direction, so expect to be on the move for around an hour, not counting stops to explore.

Saturday 25 May, 2pm start. Meet in the Pt Chevalier town square near the library, from 1.45pm.

On our return to Pt Chev we’ll hang out at Nomad for a chat. Feel free to stick around!

Given the length of this initial ride, it’s more suitable for adults and teens. Once we’ve tested the concept, we’re planning future rides more suitable for families with children. (If you do want to ride along this time, there’s a natural turnaround point that would make for a shorter 5km route.)

This ride is entirely off-road and on quiet streets, with a couple of road crossings along the way.

Drop us a line to let us know you’re coming, so we can plan ahead. You can also contact us at bikeptchev@gmail.com and via the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/

Make sure your bike’s in good working order before the day – please check your tires and brakes especially!

If we need to reschedule for any reason, we’ll post an update on the chalkboard in the square opposite the library.

Redesign the annual beds at DSCG

At DSCG we are thinking to redesign our annual beds to get a better management system going and hopefully increase our harvest.
What better than going to FTLOB first really well functioning urban market garden model OMG for learnings.

Future-proofing Auckland: is building a sustainable city really possible?

Wednesday 10 April 2019
Grand Millennium, Auckland City Center
5:00pm – 7:00pm

With Auckland’s population set to swell to 2 million by as early as 2029, growing demands on housing and infrastructure, and climate change exposing our city to impending natural disasters, future-proofing Auckland has become more important than ever before.

The way we plan, design, construct and govern our city will determine Auckland’s future viability.  The world’s cities are under threat by climate change.  Building a sustainable city is an integral part of Auckland’s future.

But what does the ideal sustainable city look like?  And is it possible?  Join us with Dr Michelle Dickinson as she facilitates the conversation focusing on crucial attributes and solutions – high-rise medium-density, incorporating resilience into urban design and development, and high-quality living for our people with easy access to employment, social infrastructure and clean, green spaces. 

More details here.

TTPC and Healthy Streets Alliance

In line with our Transition Town goals of encouraging the use of lower-carbon transport modes Transition Town Point Chevalier has become a supporter of the Healthy Streets Alliance.

You can learn more about the Healthy Streets concept here and see the video of Lucy Saunders talking in Auckland about the subject here. The group is also aiming to promote safer speeds, Vision Zero, the work of health academic alliance, Healthy Auckland Together, and Neighbourhoods for Active Kids. Essentially, the group is looking to promote the benefits of having safe, low-speed, low-traffic, well-designed city environments so people can live active, healthy  lives in their communities.

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Psychology of climate denialism

This is an interesting article. The psychological aspects of climate denialism were something some of our members have been studying for a while – and I was treated to Action Station’s excellent “Climate Conversations Training” a couple of years ago, which touched on the subject too. The range of types of denialism are good to think about, too. Like those who have given up on reducing the scale of climate change, and think our only option is to adapt.

https://www.newyorker.com/science/elements/the-other-kind-of-climate-denialism/amp?__twitter_impression=true

“every inch of warming makes a difference”—we cannot stop the process of warming altogether, but we can control whether climate change yields a future that is apocalyptic or instead “merely grim.”

It reminds us that Transition Town has never been about just adaptation to a new reality. Our first, and most urgent job, is to meet this huge challenge by reducing our contribution to climate change.

The good news for a city like Auckland, is that reducing our transport carbon emissions and preventing further loss of soil carbon in greenfields growth, are both not only possible, but doing so would improve lifestyles, and increase community connections and quality of life.

In the process, Auckland can inspire other cities around the world to do the same. It’s wonderful Transition Town stuff.

Presentation of Extinction Rebellion to Auckland Council – Tuesday 12th March 9am at Town Hall

Please join XR next Tuesday at 9am to urge Auckland Council to declare a Climate Emergency!

If you have a spare couple of hours next Tuesday morning, Extinction Rebellion Tamaki Makaurau Auckland is making a presentation to the Auckland Council about the need for immediate action on climate change. We are speaking at the Community and Environment committee meeting. It would be great to have support from other climate groups around Auckland. 

Extinction Rebellion will be presenting our proposal to Auckland Council, calling on them to join 369 councils all over the world by declaring a Climate Emergency and acting with proper urgency. 

Meet at the bottom of the council chambers in the Town Hall – 9am Tuesday 12th March. Please wear black.