A Lions Club of Kapiti Project
This is a walk from Wellington to Kapiti to heighten awareness of the need for disaster recovery planning.
Emergency disaster planners predict the possibility of a major incident, which will affect the Wellington region resulting in serious damage to infrastructure. Recovery may be slow and people must be prepared to take care of themselves for several days or longer. Of particular concern are the thousands of Johnsonville, Tawa, Porirua, Mana and Kapiti residents who commute to Wellington daily and damage to roads is likely to mean the only way home from Wellington for them will be on foot. This project will provide up to 150 commuters with the opportunity of testing their equipment and ability to complete the walk. Along the route various Lions Clubs will provide food and drink stations. While it is well understood that in a real disaster a direct route via damaged roads even on foot may be difficult, this exercise will at least give an indication of the reality of such a journey.
1. To heighten awareness of the need for workers in Wellington of the necessity to have to walk 50+km home, following a major disaster.
2. To provide an opportunity for workers to experience for themselves, the reality of such a walk
3. To better understand and test what emergency equipment would be needed to facilitate the journey.
4. To reach a wide audience through media coverage of the event to encourage better personal disaster planning.
The walk will commence at Wellington Railway Station on Saturday 1st November at and finish at Ngatitoa domain.
Phase 1 Day 1 The walk will commence at 08:30 from Wellington Railway Station on Saturday 1st November and finish at Ngatitoa domain..
Phase 2 Day 2 The walk will re-commence at Ngatitoa Domain on Sunday 2nd of November and finish at Marine Gardens Raumati Beach.
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Natural Building Conference and House Tours – Kapiti Coast and Wellington
Come along to meet fellow natural building enthusiasts and share a wonderful weekend.
Listen to our keynote speakers Professors Robert and Brenda Vale from the School of Architecture at Victoria University and authors of “Time To Eat The Dog” and “The Autonomous House”.
To find out more and register and to book accommodation:
Public lectures by Professor Emeritus Guy McPherson
“Abrupt Climate Change: Evidence and Options for the Future to Preserve a Living Planet.”
When: Friday, 24 October, 7.30 pm
Entry by koha
Climate change is not something that we need only worry about in the future.
Abrupt climate change is a reality. The atmosphere has already reached 400 ppm, something we haven’t seen for 800,000 years. We have already triggered many positive self-reinforcing feedbacks including most worryingly, the release of methane clathrates which accelerate warming many times.
Rapid warming of the planet threatens the habitat of the living planet and the future existance of species that are unable to adapt to the rapid change.
There is about a 40-year lag between carbon dioxide emissions and warming, suggesting abundant warming is already locked into the planetary system.
Guy McPherson, as a professor emeritus of conservation biology, will present the scientific evidence and draw conclusions which make a connection between the findings of climate change scientists and conservation biologists.
Abrupt Climate Change: An exploration of our options to preserve a Living Planet
– An afternoon presentation and informal discussion
When: Saturday, 25 October, 2014 2pm
Where: Tapu te Ranga Marae, (Whare Ukaipo), 44 Rhine Street, Island Bay, Wellington
We are putting aside a whole afternoon for a presentation by Professor Emeritus Guy McPherson and informal discussion in a marae setting.
Tapu te Ranga marae, set in the bush and hills of Island Bay, Wellington provides a unique venue for discussion of how we as individuals, and as society will live in light of abrupt climate change.
There will be a powhiri (welcome)at 2 pm that will be followed, after refreshments, by a presentation by Guy.
Following this, it is foreseen that plenty of time will be set aside for informal discussion and reflection – a chance to absorb and respond to the challenging and confronting information that Guy will present.
The marae will offer tea and refreshments so prior registration is necessary.
Cost is $10 plus koha (donation)
Contact: Robin Westenra and Pam Crisp
Guy McPherson is a professor emeritus of conservation biology who has left the Ivory Tower to communicate
with those who are willing to listen the challenges to the Living Planet presented by abrupt climate change,
energy decline, economic collapse as well as by the nuclear energy.
As a conservation biologist Guy is uniquely placed to make connections between climate science and the
prospects for the preservation of Habitat needed for maintenance of life on this planet.
The Transpacific Partnership Agreement which is being negotiated in secret between NZ, Australia, the US , and nine other countries has been described as one of the most important issues for these elections, and one of the biggest ever threats to our sovereignty and democracy.
You are invited to a public meeting to hear Sue Pugmire from Palmerston North and others discuss the TPPA and how it might affect the Kapiti Region. Sue worked with the PN City Council to assess the risks the TPPA may pose to their region.
The meeting will be held: at the Kapiti Community Centre, Ngahina Street, Paraparaumu at 7pm on Tuesday 2nd September.
This meeting is hosted by the Kapiti TPPA Concern group.