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The Dowse joins in supporting awareness for climate change

The Dowse is hosting two events on Saturday 24 September to coincide with the 350 Day of Action www.350.org/ , 'a global movement to solve the climate crisis'. Let me know if you would like to talk to any of the people involved:

Degree Moving Planet Tree Planting Sat 24 September 2011 | 12.30pm | Meet at The Dowse and catch the FREE bus to Kaitoke Park.
Join the team at The Dowse to help plant natives with the Kaitoke Park Ranger and celebrate this global day of action. Following the planting, we will arrive back at The Dowse around 3:30pm for afternoon tea (free of charge). Bring your gumboots and a spade. Suitable for all all ages.

Dialogues with Tomorrow: Immersed Life A discussion panel | Saturday 24th September 2011 | 4pm | FREE
Following the tree planting, join us for a discussion and performance to do with waterways and water conservation as part of the global 350 Day of Action. The discussion has been organised by Lower Hutt resident Dugal McKinnon and Wellington's Sophie Jerram as part of a series of events for their Now Future project.

Palmerston North playwright Angie Farrow and historian David Young (lives in Wadestown) believe waterways of all kinds are key to this country's identity and economy. They will discuss our relationships to the rivers and streams we share and cherish, with special relevance to the Hutt and Hutt waterways. They will focus on the roles of citizens in keeping waterways healthy. The discussion includes performances of extracts from Farrow's new play, The River.

Angie Farrow has won several national and international prizes for her plays including The Pen is a Mighty Sword International Playwriting Competition for Despatch, and an Outstanding Contribution to New Zealand Writing award for her community theatre play, Before the Birds. Her short plays have been performed in Australia, Singapore, India, Canada, and the USA in recent years. Angie has been involved in developing The Manawatu Festival of New Arts, The Manawatu Summer Shakespeare and the Visiting Artists Scheme. She is a Senior Lecturer teaching Drama and Creative Processes at Massey University, Palmerston North.

David Young is an independent author who has written about New Zealand rivers for more than 30 years. His books include Faces of the River, Woven by Water: histories from the Whanganui River, and Our Islands, Our Selves: a History of Conservation in New Zealand. His first novel, Coast, was published in 2011 (davidyoungwriter.com). In 2008 he was Fulbright-Creative New Zealand Writer-in-Residence at the University of Hawaii, researching traditions around freshwater in the Pacific. David has been a long-term trustee of WWF, president of the Professional Historians Association of New Zealand/Aotearoa and is a member of the Ngati Koata Spinyback Trust.


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