Photo by Tim Cuff

On Saturday 20th February 2021, the Climate Forum celebrated one year since it's launch with a very special hui. 

Over 90 people attended the hui and acknowledged their commitment to climate action by signing the Climate Forum Charter.

Professor James Renwick and Ben Abraham of the Climate Change Commission presented and responded to questions from the Forum about the CCC's draft advice report that is open for submission until 28th March 2021.

Sophie Weenink, 15-year-old Nelson environmental activist and "Ecogirl NZ" spoke about her own journey of environmental activism, and how we can all play our part…

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We won!

Our Ecosystems and Biodiversity group submitted their ideas to the team developing the new Tasman Biodiversity Strategy. Their ideas were solution-focused and made a real impact on the direction of its development. It won this beautiful prize for best submission, which I was delighted to accept on their behalf. 8507809670?profile=RESIZE_710xWell done, team!

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If you've found your way to this website, chances are you're pretty familiar with the concept of carbon emissions. But have you ever measured the carbon emissions of your household? You might be surprised at what you find. 

Claire Keeling from Ekos ran a very informative webinar for us this week on how to measure, offset and reduce carbon emissions. Claire walked us through the Ekos online lifestyle calculator, and also touched on the calculators for businesses and schools

Claire explained the different ways that carbon emissions can be offset and the important role that offsetting has to play while we all continue to work towards a zero-carbon future. Ekos focuses on offsetting through certified forest carbon credits. After completing your carbon emissions…

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Our Resources & Waste group recently hosted their second repair cafe event at Community Art Works. It was another fun and productive afternoon looking at many different things needing repair. Collaboration and sharing ideas were key themes of the day, as shown in the photo below. 

It was wonderful to be able to draw on the many treasures at Community Art Works, just waiting for the opportunity to be given a new purpose. Things we found a use for included red tape, glue, an old CD, a leather sample and various scraps of fabric. Thanks so much to Faye and Community Art Works for hosting the repair café and sharing your resources with us.

For next year, we are keen to continue and expand this repair cafe, complementing other initiatives in Nelson, including the Repair Cafe Tahunanui, now meeting at Restore every…

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About NTCF

The Nelson Tasman Climate Forum is a community-led initiative open to everyone. 

Our mission is to weave individuals, households, civil society organisations, businesses, councils and iwi together around urgent, strategic action on climate change in the Nelson-Tasman region. We aim to get get everyone in our climate change response waka paddling quickly in the same direction.

We have working groups in four thematic clusters.

  • Te Mana o te Taiao
  • The Well-Being of Our People
  • The Resilience of Our Systems
  • The Functioning of our Forum

If you're new to the Forum and interested in getting involved, check out our volunteer welcome pack here,or launch straight in and: JOIN US

Charter and Strategy

Our Charter sets out a shared understanding of our commitments and goals, and how we intend to work together. 

Read the Charter here.

You can sign the online version of the Charter here. The hard-copy will be available to sign at our face-to-face hui, held quarterly.

Our  Nelson Tasman Climate Action Plan will tell the story of where our region wants to be, how we’ll get there and reflect learning from successful action, updated research and changing circumstances. We've been developing it over the past 12 months, and it's very nearly complete! Changes are currently being made to page 18 & 19 of the Plan, and we intend to release the final version after our next hui on 10th March. 

The version released at our February hui is available here.


Image Credits:

Chris Booth  [Kaitiaki, 2011, Rotoroa Island, Hauraki Gulf]