Auckland EcoFest 2021

Auckland's biggest environmental festival EcoFest 2021, is running in West and North Auckland from Saturday 20 March - Sunday 18 April. This month-long annual community festival is filled with environmental events, activities, workshops, and ways to live more sustainably. 

We're proud to support EcoFest with a round-up of environmental reads, recommended watches, events and websites.

Working bees and restorations

Some of our libraries have been enjoying regularly participating in the Te Ara Awataha restorations in the Northcote area.

EcoFest offers many similar community restorations where you can meet other enthusiastic people in your area and help with local conservation efforts. You might also learn about local flora and fauna, native and pest plant identification, or experience a reconnection with nature and the environment. 

Auckland Libraries EcoFest 2021 events

Check out these great EcoFest events happening at Auckland Libraries.

Fiona Newton art exhibition
Glenfield Library, Saturday 20 March - Sunday 18 April

Fiona Newton is an Auckland based artist inspired by her lifelong love and care for the coastlines of Aotearoa. Fiona creates pavers and mats from sea glass, Kotahu found stones and marine waste. She also works with collected shells, leaves and branches to create beautiful Korowai. Through her art practice, Fiona explores her whakapapa and connection to whenua. Fiona's art speaks of her concern for the environment, and of a deep connection with place.

Introduction to Doughnut Economics
Birkenhead Library, Tuesday 6 April, 7pm

James Watson, the chair of Doughnut Economics Advocates New Zealand (DEANZ) will be giving an introductory talk about the philosophy of Doughnut Economics and the work DEANZ is doing to stop environmental degradation.

The renaissance of urban agriculture
Glenfield Library, Saturday 17 April, 10.30am

In 2019 Carl Pickens travelled to Europe on a Winston Churchill Fellowship to study world-leading practice in Urban Agriculture. Carl will talk about how urban agriculture is contributing to community resilience (economic, social, environmental) and food security in Central & Western Europe - and how these projects relate to a New Zealand context.

Streaming movies

There are some fantastic nature and environment documentaries available through our streaming service, Beamafilm. Just sign up for an account with your Auckland Libraries membership and get unlimited access whenever and wherever there is an internet or WiFi connection. Get started with Beamafilm.

Watch 2040, a documentary by French filmmaker Damon Gameau who travels the world in search of new approaches and solutions to climate change.

Recommended reading

Why not compliment your EcoFest experience with some inspired green reading material? Attend an EcoFest Nature journaling workshop informed by Auckland Libraries fantastic range of nature journaling guides. Or participate in a composting workshop with all the fast facts ready to hand in this composting book by  Puffin Little environmentalist.

Check out these classic and contemporary local and international reads on the environment and the natural world. Environmental reads book list on the Auckland Libraries website.

Recommended websites