Big changes for Earth Collective

In 2017, we had started with big ideas for enabling a culture change for a sustainable Upper-Clutha. It involved opening a wholesale shop for which we received lots of support from the community and I am hugely grateful for this. However lack of sufficient funding meant this project could not proceed.

Our focus shifted on publishing a local magazine distributed to all letter boxes in our region, packed with practical positive ways to be more sustainable. We created two magazines in September and December 2018. I am proud of their content provided by generous and passionate local experts. And once again I thank all of you who sent beautiful feedback for them.

Once again insufficient funding didn’t eventuate from the projected advertising revenue, one of our managing trustees had to leave NZ for family reasons, and despite injecting $10,000 additional capital from personal funds, the economics didn’t stack up to continue publishing. I have therefore decided to turn to new adventures.

Like the Phoenix arising from the ashes, I am currently putting final touches to a new venture, one for which I hold great passion and which I look forward to sharing with you very soon.

Great thanks to all of you who supported EC in the past and to all of you who practice sustainability for the best of all, and the planet. 


Welcome to 2020!

In 2020, New Zealand was supposed to be carbon neutral and organic!

In 2000, at the Soil and Health Association New Zealand Conference, more than 400 delegates designed a pathway for ‘making Aotearoa New Zealand organic by 2020’.
In 2007, the book Carbon Neutral by 2020 was published describing clearly and practically which steps New Zealand can take to tackle climate change. From home renovation, carbon neutral living, to transport, renewable energy, organic agriculture, politics, sustainable design, solutions exist.

However, not enough people followed these pathways, yet. And so today, the first day of 2020, we wake up to a hazed sky, due to climate change catastrophe happening in Australia. I see it as a message from the Earth, Gaia’s wake-up call. We need to act. We need to change.

We need to mitigate climate change (=reduce the speed of change) to give us (and as many beings as possible) the time to adapt to it.

Everyone, at home, at work, businesses, local and central government, organisations, each of us, we can decide to change the way we do things so that the planet can restore itself to continue to sustain us. We have lots to do to catch up. Small things, large things…

Today I decided to never buy tea bags again! Loose tea or preferably garden tea, flavours harvested from nature as the season goes. Expected result: free and ever changing tea.

Last week, our household collectively decided to never throw food away (in the compost or bokashi of course -but still a waste). So we became more aware of the fridge content to use food when it is fresh. And we reintroduced our own version of the gloubi-boulga: Cut every vegetable and savoury not-too-fresh food in dice in an oven dish. Stir in leftovers. Cover with generous layers of grated cheese. Cook for 40mn in oven at 180C. Result: Always a delicious surprise!

Big change could be to pledge that your next vehicule will be electric. Then you start exploring the market and discover lots of interesting things, including that these cars are not much more expensive! Result: experience the priceless satisfaction to go around town, silently and without pollution.

These simple examples show how easy change is and how pleasing the results are. So go ahead, just decide to change. Change is good!

Embrace change! Have fun!

There are thousands of ways described in countless books and websites, just google “eco-friendly” or “sustainable living”, or ask us for help.

Now offering Greenhouse Gas Reporting

Greenhouse gas reporting is voluntary for businesses and organisations (while already systematic for some industries).

As New Zealand is bound by international agreements, this reporting will sooner or later be compulsory and likely associated with taxes on CO2-equivalents produced. So we might as well anticipate, begin to measure and take steps to reduce our GHG emissions. This will benefit the planet too which in turn is good for us.

All the information is freely available online but unless it’s your hobby, it looks cumbersome. We know all about it so we can help you! Contact us to begin your voluntary greenhouse gas reporting.

ONE 52 Weeks Challenge

Following the successful One Summit in Wanaka in 2018, One New Zealand
came up with 52 tips to help out on the “how” front. Take the challenge by signing-up here. Each week, ONE will send you an email with a new step you can take towards sustainability.

Each challenge is based on one of the Sustainable Development Goals.

For example the first Challenge was “Calculate your Ecological footprint”.

Learn more about One New Zealand on Wanaka App, on their website and their Facebook page.

Earth Collective Magazine #2 is OUT!

Earth Collective Magazine is a local, positive and engaging magazine. It gives a voice to people interested in caring for the environment, it creates a connection and enable the community to improve towards a local carbon-neutral economy.

EC magazine offers:

– High quality articles by local experts on eco-housing, food gardening, local wildlife etc.

– Tips, knowledge, local initiatives, and content submitted by local people

– A unique opportunity for businesses to showcase their stewardship of the Earth by displaying their awards together with their advertising.

Read online here or buy your paper copy to enjoy and share.

Earth Collective Awards supports Sustainable Development goals

The sustainable development goals are the standard set by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. Click here to learn more about SDG.

Earth Collective Awards of Stewardship supports all SDG.

Earth Collective Awards of Stewardship offer a practical way to implement Sustainable Development goals here and now. When we, as a community have all achieved the Awards of Stewardship, then our community will be sustainable, environmentally, socially and economically. Click here to view the practical steps to take to gain each Awards of Stewardship and here to see who has already achieved some awards in our community.