Lillian Pak, Programme Development Manager at Hutt City Libraries organised the panel discussion because the reality of climate change is high on the agenda for governments, locally, nationally and internationally. “It’s an important topic for Hutt City Council as we move towards becoming a zero carbon organisation and continue to work on resilience and coastal adaptation strategies. Hutt City residents are keen to understand and discuss climate change, and, it’s equally important for our residents to get the facts from credible sources such as scientists.”
Dr. James Renwick will be moderating the discussion. He is the co-chair of the of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) CliC (Climate and Cryosphere) project and in 2018 was awarded the New Zealand Prime Minister’s Science Prize for Communication. Renwick is keen to be on the panel as he believes “we all need to know what’s happening and how we can respond climate change is a critical issue”.
The other panelists are:
Dr. Tim Naish (Professor in Earth Sciences, Antarctic Research Centre, Victoria University)
Topic: Sea level rise and Antarctic ice
Dr. Judy Lawrence (Senior Research Fellow, Climate Change Research Institute, Victoria University)
Topic: Resilience and adaptation in the Hutt Valley
Dr Pauline Harris (Chair, Society of Māori Astronomy Research & Traditions (SMART) & Lecturer, Science in Society, Victoria University)
Topic: Ngā Takahuringā ō te ao: The effect of climate change on traditional Māori calendars
Lisa McLaren (Coordinator of the Zero Carbon Act campaign, Generation-Zero)
Topic: Grassroots activism and the youth-led campaign for a Zero Carbon Act.
Can’t make it? The panel discussion will be live streamed on Facebook.