Sustainability Workshop Day at All Saints’, Palmerston North

Sustainability Workshop Day at All Saints’, Palmerston North

How can we live more sustainably in our daily lives?  This was the theme of a workshop held on Saturday 21 May with 20 interested people at the All Saints’ Community Centre.  There were five presentations, some practical activities, good food shared food and conversation.

Each of the five sessions took a different focus and covered beekeeping and gardening, plastic-less shopping and shopping-less gift giving, and building to minimise the environmental footprint.  We heard startling information such as: plastic bag production uses 8% of the world’s oil each year and in New Zealand approximately 330 of these bags go to landfill every second; one of every three mouthfuls of food that we eat is directly related to the work of bees in the food chain; and that there is a long list of details in planning and building a passive house (more complicated than it sounds).  We potted small strawberry plants to grow on for next summer and made beeswax candles.  Over lunch we investigated the display tables to find out about A Rocha, the Christian conservation organisation, green burials, and Super Grans, or look over the book display.

Feedback from participants confirmed the success of the day for the organisers, and was greatly encouraging of this new initiative.  If you want to try something similar in your parish and have questions, the group here is happy to help.  Contact the All Saints’ Parish office on 06 358 7824 or Robert Gibb on 021 0245 0214.