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ONE Summit returns to work towards a carbon-zero community

Posted at 6:00am Thursday 22 Aug, 2019 | By Allison McLean journalist@thewanakasun.co.nz

Tickets are now on sale for the ONE Summit 2019 programme, which will return for its second year in Southern Lakes District to educate, inspire and enable grassroots action towards a sustainable future. The second annual programme will include six days of talks, several free workshops and hands-on activities with local and national experts from October 29 through November 3.

Speakers will explore regional issues and discuss solutions, such as the future of farming, protection of water sources, energy, democracy in the 21st century, health and wellbeing and how to create a self-sustaining economy.

Monique Kelly, who co-founded Wanaka-based trust ONE New Zealand with Arna Craig, said, “The ONE Summit provides an opportunity to take a good look at where we are at with our emissions targets, connect with the vision we have of this district for the future and see how we can use existing know-how and innovative thinking to transform our community and economy from the ground up.”

More than 1000 people joined last year's activities, discussions and workshops around Wanaka and Queenstown. Kelly and Craig hope to grow that impact across communities even further this year.

“ONE Summit 2019 has taken on another dimension," said Kelly. "We can really feel the momentum growing in the community towards concrete action to address climate change and sustainability as a whole. This can be seen in the working groups formed since last year's event such as ‘Building Better' and ‘Wanaka Hospo Goes Eco' who are launching their Single-use Cup Free Wanaka campaign this October. This year, we will focus more on land users and the rural sector as it is our firm belief that those within these industries have the power to truly transform them." 

ONE Summit tickets can be purchased on ONE New Zealand's website or on Eventfinda.co.nz. A portion of each ticket sale will go towards offsetting the carbon footprint of the event and supporting community groups working on mental health and wellbeing.

In related news, the public consultation period for the Draft Climate Plan closes on August 31. Find out more about the plan and submit your feedback by visiting Queenstown Lakes District Council's website.

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