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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

Jason Boberg 

Jason Boberg is a proudly disabled advocate and social entrepreneur. The founder of disability climate network, SustainedAbility, he has worked in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the UNFCCC to highlight the impacts of climate change on disabled people, and to promote the establishment of a formal disability constituency. As the co-founder of social impact agency, Activate Agency, he provides training and policy advice to NGOs, DPOs and government in Aotearoa and abroad. Jason is a Climate Reality Leader and is a member of the Auckland Council Disability Advisory panel and is on the Advisory Panels’ Climate Change Working Group.

Kera Sherwood-O'Regan 

Kera Sherwood-O’Regan (Kāi Tahu) is the impact director at social impact creative agency, Activate Agency. With a background in political science and public health, Kera has over 15 years’ experience in climate campaigning. She is a Climate Reality Leader, founding member of SustainedAbility, and former board member of OraTaiao: The New Zealand Climate and Health Council. Kera works annually at the United Nations Climate Negotiations supporting the International Indigenous Peoples’ Forum on Climate Change. As a proudly disabled and Indigenous woman, Kera’s work centres on structurally oppressed communities in social change, and crosses the intersections of indigenous & disability rights, health and climate change.

Dave Lowe 

Dave Lowe is an atmospheric chemist and a lead author of the 2007 Nobel Prize-winning IPCC Fourth Assessment Report on climate change. In the early 1970s he set up a monitoring station at Baring Head to provide the world’s first evidence of rising atmospheric CO2 in the southern hemisphere mid-latitudes. He has worked in laboratories in the US, Germany and New Zealand and has taught atmospheric chemistry at Victoria University of Wellington, where he is an adjunct professor. Today, Dave runs an independent business focused on science education and sustainability. He is one of the last surviving attendees of the world’s first atmospheric CO2 conference, in 1975.

Mike Joy 

Mike Joy is an outspoken advocate for environmental protection in New Zealand. He researches ecological modelling, bioassessment, environmental science, environmental policy and energy futures. He has received numerous recognition for his work, including the inaugural New Zealand Universities Critic and Conscience Award in 2017.

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Kim Hill 

Kim Hill is a New Zealand broadcaster who currently presents the programme ‘Saturday Morning’ on RNZ. Her early career included stints working for radio and newspapers in Nelson, Greymouth and Gisborne, before moving to Radio New Zealand in Wellington and starting on the programme ‘Checkpoint’. From 1993 to 2002 she was the host of the daily morning Nine to Noon programme. Notable interviews from this time included the Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela, Jeffrey Archer, and Monica Lewinsky. In April 2002, Hill began hosting Saturday Morning. She was named International Radio Personality of the Year in 2012.


Sun 24 Oct | 10.30am

90 min

$13 - $19
Eligible for 5 for $75

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