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Law students brief Dunedin officials on Climate Change

Thursday 11 February 2016 3:32pm


Students from the Faculty of Law at the University of Otago recently concluded their summer school course on Climate Change and Law with a presentation to Dunedin officials.

The presentations were made to Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull and Dunedin city councillors Aaron Hawkins and David Benson-Pope, following the research conducted during the course.

Visiting from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, the course was taught by world-renowned specialist in climate change, Professor Alon Tal.

Professor Tal also invited guest lecturer, Dr Suzi Kerr to speak to the class. Dr Kerr, a senior fellow at Motu Economic and Public Policy Research in Wellington, was heavily involved in the design of New Zealand's initial carbon emissions trading scheme (ETS).

There was a very practical approach to the course, with students visiting sites around Dunedin, and engaging with experts to gather information for their report on what Dunedin should be doing for climate change.

The final recommendations included changes to transport and, in particular, cycleways, as well as renewable energy, public education, changes to New Zealand's emissions trading scheme, landfill and flooding.