Eco Network

The Eco Network is for members interested in building union activity around climate change and other environmental issues in their workplaces and beyond.

Eco Network icon only2As a member led virtual network, we are here to  help promote ideas, support member led activities, and tap into the expertise of the PSA membership on environmental issues.

We currently have over 1200 network members, and are in the process of establishing an informal network structure including leadership roles – ‘Eco Reps’. 

Network purposes and goals

The purpose of the PSA Eco Network is to build union organisation to improve workplace sustainability, and contribute to global campaigning for environmental justice and action on climate change.

More specific goals are:

1. Promote the shift to more environmentally sustainable workplaces
2. Educate members and the public about the connections between environmental quality, economic health and social justice
3. Show leadership on workplace sustainability 
4. Build union organisation

Your Eco network organiser

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The activities of the network are supported by PSA Organiser, Susannah Bailey.

Susannah: "I’m excited to help grow the Eco Network, connect interested members, and progress shared goals". You can contact Susannah at susannah.bailey@psa.org.nz

We also have a group of non elected leaders called "Eco reps".  To find out more about the role and who your local Eco Rep is check out the Eco Network Structure below.

The PSA’s purpose is to build a union organisation able to influence the industrial, economic, political and social environment in order to advance the interests of PSA members. Those interests include achieving a sustainable future – something all of our members depend on.  We also recognise that poor environmental outcomes are linked to unequal and unsustainable economic outcomes, which are directly linked to poor and unequal social outcomes.

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One of the most serious issues currently impacting our planet is climate change.  Climate change will affect not only our lives, but also our work.  PSA members across the sectors (including those working in health, environmental services, primary industries, town planning, and civil defence) are planning for and will be directly grappling with changes brought on by increasingly severe extreme weather events and changing weather patterns.  All public and community services, and workers, will need to adapt. 

We know that for many of our members, climate change and other environmental issues are deeply felt concerns, and they want to see the PSA and other unions demonstrating leadership. 

For some insights into the relevance of climate change to unions, check out this video from the 2018 Just Transitions Summit:

For more information on Just Transitions, see the Just Transitions tab.

September 20th – 27th will be a global week of climate action, culminating in a strike for the climate on Friday 27 September.

It can be hard to know where to start when it comes to taking action, so the PSA Eco Network has prepared a guide with suggestions on how to attend a climate rally near you, and other ways you can support climate action throughout the week. Check out our PSA Eco Network: Guidance for the Week of Climate Action - and don't be scared to download and share it around!

Want to attend a climate strike in your area but not sure how? You may want to contact your employer with this template letter. 

You can also download your Eco Network posters in support of the climate strike here - put them up in communal spaces at work, adorn your desk, or carry them with you as you join the School Strike 4 Climate!

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The Eco Network has an informal structure with non-elected leaders or “Eco Reps” located across the country.  Eco Reps join a monthly teleconference call, help to organise activities in their area, and help to progress eco activities within the network and our union. 

We currently have Eco Reps based across the country.  Contact details can be found below:

Name

Organisation

Location

Email

Paul Cottam

Christchurch City Council

Christchurch

Paul.Cottam@ccc.govt.nz

Georgia Mayer

Regional Public Health

Wellington

Georgia.Mayer@huttvalleydhb.org.nz

Katalina Semisi

MSD

Wellington

katalina.semisi001@msd.govt.nz

Rowan Cant

Oranga Tamariki

Auckland

Rowan.Cant@ot.govt.nz

Sam Cussen

Ministry of Health

Auckland

Samuel_Cussen@moh.govt.nz

Briar Wyatt

Auckland Council

Auckland

briar.wyatt@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Brittany Travers

MBIE

Auckland

Brittany.Travers@mbie.govt.nz

Danny Stevens

Ministry for Pacific Peoples Wellington danny.stevens@mmp.govt.nz 

Ursula Rojas-Nazar

Ministry of Education Whanganui  Ursula.RojasNazar@education.govt.nz

Lee Boyd

Plant and Food Motueka Lee.Boyd@plantandfood.co.nz

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Just Transition is an ongoing project of coordinated work to help support workers through the transition to a low emissions economy.

PSA is committed to helping achieve the goal of a Just transition, as is the NZ Council of Trade Unions

The CTU’s Just Transitions resources can be found here

In 2019 a Just Transitions Summit was held in New Plymouth representing the unveiling of many new Government-backed and private innovations, meant to assist NZ in achieving our Just Transition goals. 

More information on that summit including presentations and initiatives can be found here

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have set up a facebook group for members to use as a space to collaborate and share ideas.

You can join the group here 

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In the following links you can see past ecoNet news and updates.

Archived newsletters:

September 2019

June 2019

April 2019

December 2018

September 2018

April 2018

 

 

 

 

A collection of resources for the eco Network

Eco Network Poster

Download the Eco reps poster and let everyone in your office know about the Eco Network and who they can contact to find out more

We also have a Eco network pamphlet which can be requested by sending an email to Enquiries subject line Eco Network pamphlet

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The Wellbeing Budget 2019: What's in it from an Eco perspective?

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Rank The Banks

350.org have put together a useful table for assessing the lending and investments practices and policies of NZ Banks

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News

Eco Network- environmentally friendly tavel tips for easter

With many of us planning trips away for Easter, PSA Eco Network has some tips for reducing your fuel consumption and your impact on the environment (not to mention your wallet) these holidays.

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