The Greatest Climate Show on Earth

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An event designed to inform and inspire you to take action with your community to prevent Climate Change.
With fantastic Waikato people, local music, slam poetry - this event will definitely be the Greatest Climate Show on Earth!
The expert panelists will address the following questions:
  • Why should we concerned about climate change - what's it all about?
  • What's really going to happen to us and to Earth if we don't take action?
  • Why do you think significant action hasn't occurred?
  • What is the most important thing that our government needs to do to prevent climate change?
  • What can I do as an individual and with my community to prevent climate change?
Questions will also be taken from the floor. This is your opportunity to engage with an issue that affects all of us and our future generations!

The Presenters

Jim Salinger

Jim Salinger

Dr Jim Salinger is an internationally renowned climate scientist. Based at the School of Environment, University of Auckland, last summer he was the Ernst Frohlich Fellow at CSIRO in Hobart Australia. For over 35 years Jim has studied climate change and variability in New Zealand, linking climate trends with natural and human causes.He was a Nobel Peace Prize contributor to Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to the 2007 report "for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change." More recently Jim has examined future impacts of climate and climate change on the Auckland region, and edited the book Living on a Warmer World.
Jim will address the following issues:
  • Climate change update
  • Future projections of climate
  • Impacts - Forests, wildlife and coasts
  • Fisheries
  • Ethical issues
Linda Te Aho

Linda Te Aho

Linda Te Aho is an Associate Professor in law. Linda researches and teaches Māori and Indigenous legal issues. As a member of a Ministerial advisory group, Linda provides advice on the proposed reforms to Te Ture Whenua Māori 1993 (the Māori Land Act). Linda was appointed by Waikato-Tainui as a guardian for the co-management of the Waikato River ecosystem to develop the long term vision for its holistic restoration. Linda was commissioned in 2015 to provide expert technical advice to the Ministry for the Environment on the current proposals to reform the Resource Management Act 1991.
Iain White

Ian White

Iain White is Professor of Environmental planning at the University of Waikato. Before this, he was the Director of The Centre for Urban and Regional Ecology at the University of Manchester, UK. His research specialises in linking the natural and built environments and he has researched extensively into the impacts of climate change and how societies may change to mitigate and adapt. He has worked a range of groups both in NZ and internationally, including local and national government, multi-national companies, insurers, community organisations and the European Union.
Al Gillespie

Alexander Gillespie

Professor Alexander Gillespie obtained his LLB and LLM degrees with Honours from The University of Auckland. He did his PhD at Nottingham and post-doctoral studies at Colombia University in New York City. His areas of scholarship pertain to international and comparative environmental law; the laws of war; and a number of pressing issues of social concern such as drug policy; and refugees.
Alexander has published sixteen books. The latest works have been Waste Policy: International Regulation, Comparitive and Contextual Perspectives; International Environmental Law, Policy and Ethics and the Causes of War: 1000-1600 (Volume II). He has also written over forty academic articles.
Alexander has been awarded a Rotary International Scholarship, Fulbright Fellowship, Rockerfeller Fellowship, and the the New Zealand Law Foundation International Research Fellowship. Alexander has also been the lawyer/expert on a number of international delegations and advised the New Zealand government on multiple matters of international concern. Professor Gillespie was the first New Zealander to be named Rapporteur for the World Heritage Convention, involving international environmental diplomacy under the auspice of UNESCO. Alexander has also been engaged in policy formation for the United Nations, the Commonwealth Secretariat, and governmental, commercial and non-governmental organisations in New Zealand, Australia, United States, United Kingdom, Ireland and Switzerland.
Jeanette Fitzsimons

Jeanette Fitzsimons

Jeanette Fitzsimons, CNZM, retired five years ago from fourteen years as co-leader of the Green Party in Parliament. She is spending her "retirement " working for a global, national and community response to climate change - a topic she has worked on since she lectured at The University of Auckland some 25 years ago. She has just about given up on governments to lead change and puts her faith now in citizens' movements and community action. She is a member of the organising group of Coal Action Network Aotearoa which is working to phase out coal, the worst and most abundant of the fossil fuels.