Programmes for Community Sustainability
ReUsable Goods Bank
Formerly called “Don’t Trash It, Donate It”, this programme redistributes unused and preloved goods in good working condition to members of the community, saving them from ending up in the landfill. The programme has been useful especially for newcomers, and overseas families affected by natural disasters. Goods collected are also used in other programmes of ours, including Holistic Fabric Upcycling.
Please click here for how you can donate unwanted and unused goods.
Holistic Fabric Upcycling
This upcycling sewing programme provides a workshop for migrant women to get creative with unused fabrics and unwanted sewing machines and equipment to produce natural, environmentally-friendly products that can replace artificial products on the market. We hope to develop social and micro enterprises out of this programme for both the organisation and the participants.
Food waste disposed of in landfill generates methane gas which is a significant contributor to global warming. This programme functions as a hub for distributing unsold bread and vegetables in partnership with another community organisation. Tens of kilograms of food are diverted from the landfill and redistributed to the local community free of charge every week.
Recycle Messaging for Newcomers
For newcomers sometimes it is difficult to understand the implication of the messages conveyed by authority and mainstream culture. They prefer more direct and plain wordings and step by step instructions. This programme provides “Thinkshop” where newcomers create the right messages that resonate with, and spark action to, their people. Since 2018, we work together with Indian, Chinese, Japanese and other Asian communities.
Zero Waste Education in Events
There is a growing demand for public events to be a zero-waste. Since 2018, we have participated in several events and festivals in Auckland to educate member of the public on sorting waste properly and increase waste diversion.
From 2014 to 2016, we were involved in the launch of the Bike Kitchen in Puketapapa in partnership with Refugee As Survivors New Zealand (RASNZ), Puketapapa Active Transport Haven (PATH) and Roskill Youth Zone. The programme provides a multi-cultural space for a workshop where people with handyman skills refurbish unused bikes to be redistributed to the local community. It also promotes a wider use of bike as a healthier alternative to driving. It is now successfully operated by Active Transport Trust in partnership with Auckland Council and Global Hope Missions.
Climate change is the environmental challenge of this generation, and it is imperative that we act before it’s too late. – John Delaney
Earth Action Trust ensures that we migrant and resettled communities are included in the conversation about the environment. We hold community forums to discuss relevant and urgent environmental topics that directly affect our wellbeing.
In 2016 to 2017, Connect To Affect forums provided a space for community members to directly connect with nature as well as each other, to enhance our well-being. The forums also discussed the need for emergency preparedness in the neighbourhood.
In May 2019, Change Together forum started an ongoing conversation of how we respond to environmental emergencies such as announced by the Ministry for the Environment, including the mitigation and adaptation of climate change, at the individual and community levels.