For the past century, our world has been changing drastically. The weather is warmer, the seas are higher, and the ozone is thinner. These are just some of the increasingly dangerous consequences of our fossil-fuel based lifestyle. None of us is solely to blame for these changes. Yet, each of us is responsible for contributing to these consequences. Facing such unprecedented challenges, it is difficult to know how each of us ourselves, and all of us together might, take small steps and make giant leaps toward a more sustainable way of life. Spend ninety minutes with a panel of policy analysts, legal experts, and social activists as we reflect on the ecological crisis, the policy issues at stake in the coming election, as well as the political, ethical, and theological basis for protecting the planet for future generations.
Jonathan Boston has undertaken research on a wide range of policy issues during the course of his academic career including climate change, child poverty, the design of the welfare state, public management, tertiary education and comparative government. On climate change, he established a round table process via the Institute of Policy Studies in 2006 which brought together politicians, public servants, business representatives, non-government organizations and researchers to discuss a wide range of mitigation and adaptation issues. The round tables were held about four times a year and continued for a decade.
Catherine Iorns is Senior Lecturer in Law at Victoria University Wellington. She researches and teaches about environmental law and human rights. She also is a Climate Reality Presenter. In addition to these roles, Catherine serves a number of civic organisations, including, Amnesty International of Aotearoa New Zealand, 350 Aotearoa, and the Earth Law Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand.
Thursday 25 May, 7:00pm Refreshments / 7:30pm Roundtable
The St John's Centre, Corner of Willis and Dixon Streets (CBD)