Stuff: Community space dedicated to climate change opens in Nelson

A restored Nelson chapel has once again become a hub for the community, with an environmental twist. Founder and long-time environmentalist Jose Cano has launched the Earth Hub in the former seafarers chapel on Haven Rd that he restored in 2017 to become the Chapel Cafe. - Skara Bohny

Nelson Weekly: Jose Cano’s journey to climate champion

Jose Cano is a photographer, conservator and activist. He speaks with Jonty Dine about his latest venture, a community hub looking to be at the forefront of the fight against climate change.

Jose Cano stood on a beach in Thailand and looked out across a sea of plastic and rubbish. The Spanish native saw then how the actions of people were having a huge impact on the world. - Jonty Dine

Stuff: Earth Hub to become Nelson's headquarters for climate change action

It's been a seafarer's chapel, a haberdashery and a cafe. Now, a historic building near Nelson's port will become a focal point for local climate change action. The new space will be a community hub for people and groups concerned about climate change, environmental issues and future resilience. - Amy Ridout


In recent months there has been growing demand in our community for action on climate change. And we’re starting to see it. Community groups have been meeting wherever they can, stashing banners and placards in garages, and relying on word of mouth to get news of events out between them. Now we have our very own dedicated space for groups to use to build knowledge and resilience in our community!

Earth Hub will soon be holding its official launch and opening - stay tuned for when we announce the time and date. We’ll be having a relaxed, family-friendly evening open to all members of the public. Come and explore our beautiful space, meet other community members involved in the resilience and climate justice movements, and help us celebrate!