The Crucial Decade | Pukapuka Talks (Nelson Arts Festival)

10:30 am
12:00 pm
Theatre Royal
78 Rutherford Street

Kim Hill invites Jason Boberg, Mike Joy, Dave Lowe and Kera O’Regan to explain why there’s still hope we can respond to the climate crisis. In her introduction to the new anthology, Climate Aotearoa: What’s happening and what we can do about it, Rt Hon Helen Clark reflects that while governments and businesses around the world have been forced to act in response to Covid-19, why isn’t the same true in the case of the climate crisis?

Pre-2020, an alarmist was someone who exaggerated a danger, thus needlessly causing worry or panic, while today it describes someone who justifiably raises the alarm about a global danger to the Earth’s biosphere. Our four panellists all agree that, when it comes to climate, there is no time to delay and we must act now, but what does action look like?

NZ’s leading freshwater ecologist Mike Joy (Inherited Pollution and Mountains to the Sea) calls for governments to listen to climate scientists but says we all need to play our part in supporting a shift away from growth at any cost.

Dave Lowe (The Alarmist) explains what he’s learned from 50 years of climate research and why he’s hopeful young people can make a difference.

Disability activists Jason Boberg and Kera Sherwood-O’Regan, both contributors to Climate Aotearoa, invite us all to consider how climate change will impact on health and community participation, particularly for those who are already marginalised.

Chaired by Kim Hill.

Thanks to Allen & Unwin, Victoria University Press and BWB Texts