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Science Café: Plastics and the environment

Introduction by Dr Trisia Farrelly, Massey University

RSNZ Manawatu Branch 2016 AGM and November 2016 meeting

7.30 pm Tuesday, 15 November, Palmerston North Public Library, George Street, Palmerston North

There will be one tonne of plastic in the ocean for every three tonnes of fish by 2025, and by 2050, more plastic than fish [by weight].

The average life span of a checkout plastic bag is 12 minutes. Yeah!

We can easily see how a turtle searching for jellyfish can be fooled by a plastic bag and choke on it. But what happens as this macro plastic disintegrates into smaller micro pieces? Are there other insidious effects on the environment that continue for long periods?

More than thirty countries and 170 states (including half of those in Australia) have either banned or placed a levy on single-use plastic bags. But not New Zealand.

Dr Trisia Farrelly, Senior Lecturer in the School of People, Environment and Planning at Massey University, will provide the introductory illumination to this Science Café style meeting. Dr Farrelly is a social anthropologist who has researched the socio-cultural factors of waste minimisation and waste management in New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. She is co-founder of the New Zealand Product Stewardship Council and Palmerston North’s Carrying our Future’s initiative.

Come along and hear Dr Farrelly, enjoy a cup of coffee and a discussion that could change the way you think about the waste you produce.

All warmly welcome

The talk will be proceeded by the RSNZ Manawatu Branch 2016 AGM, starting at 6.30pm with light finger food.

Royal Society of New Zealand: The Luminaries Ten by Ten series

Awakening the Māori Moon

Dr Pauline Harris, Victoria University of Wellington

7.30 pm Tuesday, 17 November, Palmerston North Public Library, George Street, Palmerston North

 Many ancient civilisations used the heavenly bodies to track the passage of time. Māori also had a monthly calendar, the maramataka, which was used as a clock for agriculture and fishing. This Ten by Ten talk highlights how Māori scientists are engaging with local communities to research traditional Māori astronomical star lore and revitalise customary practices.

Dr Pauline Harris is a Research Fellow at Victoria University of Wellington and of Rongomaiwahine and Ngāti Kahungunu descent. She is Chair of the Society of Māori Astronomy Research and Traditions and researches Māori star lore and maramataka, as well as extra-solar planets.

In recognition of the value of light in our modern life, the UN has named 2015 as the International Year of Light. The Ten by Ten series takes a look at the importance of light in New Zealand culture, research and business.

All warmly welcome

The talk will be proceeded by the RSNZ Manawatu Branch 2015 AGM, starting at 6.30pm and light finger food.