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Dunedin 350 Meeting Tuesday 29 Sept. 5:30

September 24, 2009

I just received an email from the Dunedin 350 crew, who are organizing the Spring Food Festival at the Farmers Market on 24 October, about their next planning meeting. If you want to link your DESI 222 project with this event and hear what the Students for Environmental Action are doing, this is the meeting to attend.

“We will be hosting the next meeting on Tuesday September 29th at 5:30pm.  Just to mix things up a bit we are holding our meeting alongside that of SEA (Students for Environmental Action) in the Evison Lounge, which is on the first floor of the Clubs and Societies building on Albany street. The plan for the meeting is to have a general overview of where we are at so far, and then to split off into groups (Community, Logisitics, Media, Stalls and workshops, Entertainment, and Funding) to figure out a plan of attack!”


Dunedin Wake Up Call 21 Sept.

September 22, 2009
Dunedin Wake Up Call 21 Sept.

Dunedin Wake Up Call 21 Sept.

Protesters gathered at 12:30PM on Monday 21 September in front of the Otago Museum to raise the alarm about climate change (see earlier post). Politicians were phoned to hear the protest and the campaign was promoted. My photos can be viewed here. Click the player below to hear a one minute recording. You can also see how the event was covered in the ODT and on Channel 9.

Project #3 (group): Climate change awareness

September 22, 2009

This information about the Climate Awareness Project was presented during the lecture on 21 September (and is also in the course handout). Please note that you are asked to form your own groups of 3-4.

Due date: Friday 16 October 4:00 PM. Submit work in appropriate media (CD-ROM, printed A3 or A4 documents, etc.) to the office. Make sure that your name and tutorial stream is on all work. Upload files of all work to Assessi.

Assessment: 25% of total mark for the course

Client: The population of the world (especially Dunedin)

Brief: Develop an idea for an event, action, or strategy that effectively communicates issues relating to climate change. You can design an action for the International Day of Climate Action (see and the posts below), or you can devise another project (with the approval of Mark or Tracey). Create a set of A3 posters, short videos, flyers, a website, or other artifacts that promote your action and explains the climate change issues. Your submission should include an A4 document (min 8 pages) that summarizes your research and process, and clearly explains and illustrates your plan and promotional strategies.

Groups: Form your own groups of 3-4 and send an email listing the names of the people in your group to Mark (Thursday tutorial) or Mark & Tracey (Friday tutorial).

Possible projects include: Dunedin Spring Food Festival (promotion, workshops, information campaign), your own event, print communication campaign (flyers, posters, buttons, etc), Internet site or event, social networking ideas, street theatre, exhibition, education material or event, video or animation, radio or newspaper promotion, protest, public art, publicity stunt . . .

Assessment: Design research and development, clear and convincing proposal, successfully engages with audience, increases awareness of climate change through designed communication, provides ideas for further action. You can see the Assessi marksheet for this project by logging on to the student site or by clicking here.

Climate Wake-Up Call: Monday 21 Sept. 12:30 Museum Reserve

September 18, 2009

21 Sept wakeup call imageI received the following email from the Dunedin crew today.

Fellow concerned Dunedinites,
The need for urgent global action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and avoid the worst effects of climate change, is becoming clearer each day. But so far, governments around the world – including our own – have not faced up to the scale of action required.
At the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December, world leaders will come together and attempt to finalise a new binding global agreement to succeed the Kyoto Protocol. If this were held tomorrow, it would fail to deliver us a pathway to a future safe from dangerous levels of climate change. The only way to change this is with a massive ground-swell between now and then. Our governments need to know that we will hold them to account if they fail to deliver at Copenhagen.
Here in New Zealand, our government believes that doing our “fair share” of what is required means taking responsibility for reducing our emissions 10 – 20% below 1990 levels by 2020. This is dependent on several conditions, including that a global agreement is reached to limit global temperature rise to less than 2°C above pre-industrial levels (we’re already at +0.7°C). But the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) advises that this will require the developed countries to collectively reduce their emissions by 40% below 1990 levels by 2020. So… does our current target sound fair to you?
In recent news, the government has also passed changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme, substantially weakening its effectiveness (though much less than the farm lobby would like). The changes amount to a wealth transfer from the general taxpayer to the large emitting industries; we will essentially be subsidising their emissions, thereby reducing their incentive to make cuts.
We need to deliver our leaders a wake-up call, for they are clearly dreaming if they believe that their current offers are acceptable. We will gather on the Museum Reserve at 12:30pm on Monday 21st September (rain or shine) with bells, whistles, horns, pots and spoons, or anything capable of making a bit of noise. We will make a couple of phone calls to some certain politicians (top your phone up!), and we will form a human sculpture in the shape of 350 – the safe concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere (see or for more information).

Come and help us make one hell of a racket!

Register for the Dunedin Event on here
350 Global

Bill McKibben lecture on Climate Change and

September 17, 2009

On Monday, 27 April, 2009, Professor Bill McKibben, author, educator, environmentalist, and Co-founder and Director of the project, gave a lecture as part of the Centre for Science Communication Distinguished Communicator Lecture Series. The title of his lecture was “The Most Important Number on Earth:  Carbon, the Global, and the Local”. The mp3 recording of the lecture (45 min. 45 sec.) can be played and downloaded from the UnitTube site or you can stream it using the player below.

The author of such books as Fighting Global Warming Now, Deep Economy and The End of Nature, Bill is an environmentalist that puts the walking into talking. Bill’s current project is which is aimed at convincing politicians in the United States and elsewhere to limit emissions into the atmosphere so we can tackle global climate change. Bill McKibben is the guy Al Gore relied on as the stimulus for An Inconvenient Truth.

To subscribe to the Communication Design Podcast using iTunes, select the “Subscribe to Podcast” command in the “Advanced” menu and paste the following address: – 24 October International Day of Climate Action

September 17, 2009

The third project for DESI 222, Climate Change Awareness, ties in with the International Day of Climate Action. The website begins with the following call to action. The site explains the meaning behind the number 350, includes a list of ideas and downloadable action resources, and lists several Dunedin events. The Dunedin Spring Food Festival is described here.

Dear World,

This is an invitation to help build a movement—
to take one day and use it to stop the climate crisis.

We are a group of people from around the planet—young and old, scientists and writers and activists—who have one thing in common. We know the most important number on earth: 350. And we know how to use that number to finally get global action on the worst crisis humans have ever faced.

But we can only do it if you help.

350 Dunedin Spring Food Festival 24 Oct.

September 17, 2009

Nick Holmes and Guy Ryan, who are both Science Communications Masters students at Otago, are working with a group of people in Dunedin to organize a Spring Food Fesitval as part of the global effort on 24 October. This will be the largest 350 event in New Zealand. Click the links below to download the flyer, background information, and poster. If you are interested in helping with this event, email Nick and Guy at An online planning document, has contact details for people responsible for various tasks.  The organizers have also created a FaceBook site, and a Ning site (online social Network) To hear a podcast by Nick Holmes about climate change, click here to see an earlier post. An ODT article about the event, published on 29 August, can be seen here, and piece on the Scoop news site can be seen here.

350 Dunedin Spring Food Festival Flyer

Spring Food Festival 2009 Info.pdf

Spring FoodFest Poster A4.pdf