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Wednesday 23 June is a combined Change Over dinner and our chance to farewell Graeme and Loris Rolston.

Please keep the date for a partner's night at Rotary.

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Club Notices

  • A reminder that Saturday 22 May is the annual Foodbank.  Thanks to Gary McElhinney for organizing the roster to cover both sites - Countdown and New World.

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Programme

  • 19 May '21 - RYPEN speakers Lucia and Campbell
  • 26 May '21 - No Speaker - Projects meeting
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Duties

Members rostered on will perform all these duties: Open meeting with Grace/Message; Sergeant; Introduce & Thank Speaker (if there's a speaker); Parting Thought.

  • 19 May '21 - David Bruce
  • 26 May '21 - John Baillie
 

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The meeting

 
Our speaker Pene Burton-Bell reminded us that in terms of Climate change, its been widely recognized that this is the decisive decade for humanity to act.
 
She spoke about Project Drawdown, a recently published book that gives a range of actions to combat climate change. (Available in our library)
 
Many of these actions, we as everyday people can take and have an impact fighting climate change, especially the reduced use of meat and increased use of plants as food.  According to Drawdown moving to a plant rich diet is the fourth most effective way of reducing carbon emissions.
 

There are also new farming methods like regenerative farming, silvaculture and paludiculture which could really help bring better climate outcomes.

Pene explained there are huge opportunities for afforestation using native trees. This has enormous benefits to biodiversity as well as to carbon capture, and planting done along waterways has the added benefit of improving water quality and providing eco-corridors for birds and native fish.

As individuals she said, we can plant trees or wetlands, or support the planting of them. We can choose to have meat-free Mondays, or to move to a plant-rich diet. We can do all we can to prevent food waste, we can buy products at a premium because they are grown the right way.

We can support and encourage councils and government to take the right actions to not just adapt but to mitigate climate change, to help those trying to develop the technological solutions that will capture larger amounts of greenhouse gases and support those in countries where poverty makes it much more difficult to respond.

You can find out more about Project Drawdown clicking here > Project Drawdown 

Pene was thanked by John Algar on behalf of the club.

We meet at 6 pm every Wednesday except for the first Wednesday of each month.  Please phone Graham 04 905 2626 by 5 pm Monday for catering purposes if you're attending on that Wednesday