Eco Village Project
Our local action on climate change and sustainability.
A CLIMATE AND ECOLOGICAL EMERGENCY has been declared for Redcliffs, by the Redcliffs Residents Association (RRA). The Redcliffs/Te Raekura Eco Village Group has been formed under the umbrella of the RRA to help residents facilitate the healing of our planet and our local environment by providing information and generally promoting sustainable living. Anyone interested to take part can join the Group, or you can work privately on your own goals. This page is both a framework and a resource.
To get involved or contribute ideas contact Dave Bryce on 021 363 498 or email e..........@redcliffs.org.nz.
These measures have been taken because of our concerns that the level and growth of global population and consumption is resulting in serious impacts on our planet’s environments and resources, in particular:
- Increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases and aerosols in the atmosphere, increasing global warming and intensifying weather events
- Rising water levels, temperatures and acidity, reductions in mammals, fish and birdlife and accumulating litter and waste, in the oceans and seas
- Reduced availability and increased pollution of freshwater
- Erosion, depletion and contamination of soils
- Depletion of minerals and habitat destruction
- Pest invasions, extinctions and reductions in plant, animal and insect biodiversity
While Central, Regional and Local governments can create public works, and incentivise and regulate certain matters to try and reduce emissions and environmental damage, and while businesses can change services and products, every citizen also needs to play their part by changing perception, activities and consumption.
Our measures and activities are therefore based on the following principles:
- Biodiversity - Increase the amount of native plants, and reduce weeds and other invasive introduced plants. Encourage the increase of native birds, insects, reptiles and fish, and reduce introduced predators.
- Transport - Increase the amount of walking, running, scooting, cycling and busing, and reduce the use of fossil-fuelled vehicles.
- Food - Increase production and consumption of local, fresh and organic/regenerative fruit and vegetables, and reduce the consumption of meat.
- Water - Increase the capture of rainwater and reduce the contamination of stormwater.
- Building & Energy - Increase the use of natural building materials, house weather tightness, insulation, thermal mass, solar access and passive heating, and reduce the level of fossil-fuelled home heating.
- Economy - Encourage the transition to sustainable businesses and employment.
- Education & Communication - Encourage better understanding of and care for other people, resources and the natural environment.
- Soils - Encourage sustainable use and protection of soils.
- Waste & Pollution - Carefully consider the actual need for any consumer goods, and reduce the amount of waste, pollution and litter in the environment.
- Resilience - Promote safety, resilience, durability and flexibility to withstand natural disasters.
- Culture and recreation - Respect all local cultures and heritage.
We will promote these principles in our own activities and in holding other organisations and public bodies to account for their policies and actions.
We will also investigate ways of monitoring our progress in Redcliffs/Te Rae Kura Eco Village, towards sustainable living and a healthy environment.
We have identified 12 Aspects of our Village and activities, for which we will encourage changes by supporting or providing information, facilities, events and assistance or co-operation with other groups. Feedback and ideas from residents will be encouraged.
Every month we will focus on one of these Aspects, organise or support a relevant event and publicise significant cases making good progress towards our stated principles. We will maintain a calendar of events appropriate for each season.
We support the Climate Change Challenge to reduce our personal carbon emissions by 1% each month so we will halve our emissions by 2030.
Every year we will produce a Pledge List suggesting changes residents could make on the various Aspects. See our 2020 pledge list here.
The following activities and events have already been carried out or are proposed:
Encourage control of pest plants, animals and insects, support Predator Free Redcliffs as part of the wider Te Manu Waiata project, encourage native plantings and wildlife, organise visits and working bees at local native habitat areas.
Tracks, paths, cycle repair stations, walking buses, vehicle sharing, parking, park & ride, public transport, slow zone through shopping area, promote reductions in air travel and other fossil-fuelled vehicle travel (identifying options such as e-bike commuting), promote park & ride areas at the city side of Ferrymead Bridge, old Redcliffs School site and Barnett Park.
Encourage home gardens, berm gardens, community gardens, school gardens, reductions in meat consumption, Mt Pleasant farmers market, composting of shops’ organic waste, garden tours and home composting.
Promote water harvesting and recycling, cleaner stormwater, proper disposal of stormwater and car washing guidelines.
Promote sustainable building activities, designs and materials, water, energy and waste options and management, tours of examples, shopping area design improvements, Village entrance portal signs including welcome to walkers, cyclists and scooters.
Promote reductions in household energy use and conversion from fossil fuels to renewable energy.
Prepare a directory of local businesses including home-based ones, promote local businesses and those making sustainable changes, support centralised premises, promote sustainable products.
Education & Communication
Provide information to residents with workshops, public meetings and on our website, facebook, email list, Bay Harbour News and newsletters, support local schools, set up street co-ordinators, promote junk-mail free Village, investigate bumper & bike stickers, seek & respond to resident feedback via a “living doc” on RRA website, seek youth representation on RRA as community service and further promote adoption of a “cause” by every student, establish an information centre, network with other groups including Ecan, CCC, Community Board, Water Zone , School, Estuary Trust, Ngāi Tahu, Timebank, neighbouring communities, promote Eco-Village concept to other communities.
Promote soil care and erosion avoidance.
Waste & pollution
Promote reduction of environmental waste and litter (including dog poo), support clean-up events, promote reductions in packaging and consumption, discourage use of synthetic fertilisers and pesticides.
Promote local response and resilience plans.
Culture & recreation
Prepare a directory of local artists, promote greater understanding of local cultures and heritage, promote social and recreational events and fundraising, investigate a youth “hang-out” space, investigate a Village square/meeting place/performance stage/plaza, investigate provision of art & craft studios and exhibitions, promote the Coastal Pathway and walking/cycling/scooting events, maintain a directory of recreational clubs, support an annual promotion of clubs, prepare a map of local walks and promote Estuary events.
We encourage you to join the Citizens Climate Change Challenge using the Household Calculator.
Pledge the adoption of any of the following specific actions which you are not already doing, for the next 10 years till 2030:
1. Plant at least 10 permanent native trees this year on your property or in community native restoration areas, and also care for them by weeding and watering them for 2 years.
2. Pull out and properly dispose of all weeds on your property.
3. Trap possums, hedgehogs, rats, mice and wasps on your property.
4. Reduce your fossil fuelled vehicle and air travel by 10% this year.
5. Make a trip by bus and go for a walk or bike ride (from home) twice a fortnight this year.
6. Have two meat-free days a fortnight this year.
7. Maintain your vegetable garden or support for your community garden.
8. Store some of your rainwater for garden watering and wash your vehicles on lawns not hard surfaces.
9. Clear your spouting and drains and ensure stormwater will be going to road channels or Council reticulated piping only.
10. Check the carbon emissions generated in creating building materials, before choosing.
11. Reduce your household energy from suppliers by 10% per year.
12. Convert your household lighting to LED bulbs.
13. Support your local shopping centre and farmers market at least fortnightly.
14. Work from home if you are able, at least one day a fortnight.
15. Support your local schools and take your children to local native restoration projects and learn about nature together.
16. Mulch/cover bare soil to reduce erosion, suppress weeds and retain moisture.
17. Stop using synthetic fertilisers and pesticides and put remaining product in the appropriate depot at the Transfer Station.
18. Buy only what is necessary, durable, repairable, non-plastic/synthetic, locally made, toxin free, recycled and recyclable and leave goods packaging with suppliers.
19. Pick up any litter on your property, along your roadside and wherever you walk.
20. Get familiar with your local Response and Resilience Plans - emergency planning - location of Community Emergency Hub at the Tennis Club, Main Road.
Culture & recreation
21. Support a (low carbon emissions) local cultural or sporting event every month.
Using the “Household Calculator” on the Toitu website will help you measure your actual household CO2 emissions (items 4 & 11, above) and the actual amounts of reductions you make. You will also be able to compare your emissions with the NZ average and you will find lots of tips on ways you can reduce your emissions further. The Citizens Climate Change Challenge is to reduce your emissions by 1% each month, so you will halve your emissions by year 2030.
The Te Rae Kura / Redcliffs Residents Association promotes the above Principles and Pledges in their activities and in holding other organisations and public bodies to account for their policies and actions. Every month we focus on a different issue and organise and publicise relevant information and events such as public talks, workshops, documentaries, book reviews, working bees, open homes and gardens, which promote the above Principles and assist residents to meet their Pledges.
We appreciate there are numerous other measures people can take to reduce their environmental impacts and we will produce a further Pledge list each year.
Come and work with us or contribute your ideas.
To get involved...
To get involved with other committed residents or contribute ideas, contact Dave Bryce on 021 363 498 or email e..........@redcliffs.org.nz.
And, finally, here is a local bellbird appreciating the regenerating native bush.