One Summit festival

Arna Craig | Photo:Supplied

A new climate change assessment released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has found limiting global warming to 1.5°C would require “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society”. With clear benefits to people and natural ecosystems, limiting global warming to 1.5°C compared to 2°C could go hand in hand with ensuring a more sustainable and equitable society, the IPCC said on Monday.

Organisers of the first One Summit festival in Wanaka and Queenstown are taking the key message from the report to heart, saying “we have to start taking urgent action now to avoid a catastrophic environmental breakdown”.

The inaugural event - with activities, discussions and workshops in Wanaka and Queenstown - aims to empower Southern Lakes residents to take a proactive, solutions based approach to future thinking for the district.

Arna Craig and Monique Kelly co-founded this event, with Craig saying, through huge interest and local support, it has grown from just a few workshops to a week-long festival in Queenstown, Wanaka and Glenorchy.

“The community support to get this off the ground has been incredible,” Craig said.

The Summit kicks of in Camp Glenorchy (20-21 October) with talks on energy efficient building and creating a sustainable business.  Mid-week presentations and workshops are dedicated to how to incorporate sustainable practices into businesses.

There will be a series of “tiny talks” about how to build better homes, while hosts Trudie Millar and Frederique Gulcher along with Untouched World’s founder Peri Drysdale will discuss sustainability within her company and showcase some designs in a short fashion show.

The final weekend includes a discussion on climate change and the new economy.

Throughout the week there will be activities to get the community engaged. Events include turning waste into gold with Dr. Compost, a beach clean up, e-bike testing, backyard pest trapping and climate mitigation activities. The Summit will also be supporting two local fundraisers - the Community House project, and the Upper Clutha Lakes Trust and Million Meters project “Love Lake Wanaka”.

The One Summit takes place from October 20-28.


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