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ECO Conference In Nelson

ECO Conference In Nelson

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  • Fri 25 Aug ’17, 2:00pm
  • Sat 26 Aug ’17, 8:30am
  • Sun 27 Aug ’17, 8:30am
  • Mon 28 Aug ’17, 9:00am – 5:30pm


Stoke Memorial Hall, 548 Main Rd, Stoke, Nelson Show map


All Ages

ECO would like to invite you to its annual conference.

Environment and Conservation Organisations (ECO) - is an umbrella organisation for the environmental movement in New Zealand.

Every year we organise a national conference dealing with a current environmental topic. This year the conference is going to be held in Nelson (in Stoke Memorial Hall) in August 26th-27th. Friday 25th and Monday 28th field trips are organised.

The theme this year is:
Environmental Responsibilities and Democracy for the Future: Limits, Pathways and Actions.

Protecting democracy and the environment are intimately linked. Both involve responsibilities to the future and to the present. What happens when the focus shifts from rights to responsibilities? Do we need a constitution for New Zealand and if we were to have one, what should it contain? How do we restore democracy to resource management decision making and respect the Treaty of Waitangi and the relationships involved at the same time instead of sacrificing one for the other?

What should we ask of ourselves and our politicians for today and for the future? Where do the political parties stand on climate change, biodiversity, and water quality?

Great speakers include Dame Anne Salmond, Sir Geoffrey Palmer and Paul Young are coming. The conference is fully catered (vege, vegan, gluten-free food can be provided).

The programme, still subject to confirmation, is as follows:
Friday 2pm: leave from Stoke Memorial Hall for two field trips - return at 5:30pm. The cost of the two trips is $10 and you can register and pay for these trips on the registration form.

Saturday: We explore, via presentations and discussion, our core conference theme: managing responsibility into the 21st century. Biodiversity and biosecurity - how do we harness community engagement to save our biodiversity?

Evening dinner followed by a session with representatives from the political parties: "politicians on the spot". Open to the public.

Sunday: ECO AGM in the morning concurrent with a field trip or workshops.
Then we discuss climate change: limits and pathways into the future.

Paul Young, Anne Salmond and Geoff Palmer are just some of the dynamic speakers who will help guide us through these topics.

Monday 28th: We are organising a field trip to water sites in Golden Bay and, we hope, one to Mapua to see an eco house, and other sites there.

More information about the conference can be found on our website. The full and updated programme and some more information will be online soon.

If you have any questions please email the ECO office (eco@eco.org.nz). We look forward to seeing you at Conference!

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