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Sustainable South Canterbury Trust member Rhys Taylor

by Greta Yeoman

Sustainability will be the focus of a weekend of events in Geraldine next month.

The Sustainable South Canterbury Trust is hosting a three-day festival about sustainability on September 7-9.

While the weekend will begin with a tour of the Timaru District Council’s Redruth recycling facilities on the Friday afternoon, all other events will be based in Geraldine, trust member Rhys Taylor said.

“Lots of schools get to go look but parents and other adults don’t,” he said of the visit to Redruth facility.

Other activities in the programme include a workshop on warm homes, featuring EnergySmart Timaru’s Rowena McLintock and Environment Canterbury’s Mark Bourassa, on the Saturday afternoon.

Mr Taylor, who is based in Geraldine, had organised a “Future Living Skills” brunch event on the Sunday morning, at which interested participants could learn about practical sustainability measures, including food growing, energy efficiency, waste minimisation, lower-carbon travel options and water conservation.

The session would be held at the Geraldine Academy of Performance and Arts in Talbot St, which would also be the location of the warm homes event and an “upcycling” clothing sewing session run by Opihi College teacher Maryclare Wood on the Sunday afternoon.

Alongside the sessions at the academy, the trust was hosting the South Canterbury premiere of two New Zealand-made films about sustainability, Mr Taylor said.

Edible Paradise, about food forests, would screen at Geraldine Cinema at 1pm on Sunday, September 9. It would be followed by Living the Change: Inspiring Stories for a sustainable future at 2.15pm.

Mr Taylor said filmgoers could pay $10 at the door and watch either film, or both, if they wanted an afternoon of sustainability films.

The weekend of events has been timed to tie in with the Climate Action weekend organised by international climate movement 350.org.

All sessions are $10, except for the warm homes event which is free to attend, but reservations are required.

All events can be booked through eventfinda.co.nz.