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Sun 27 Oct, 10am for brunch, 10.30am start
90 mins, no interval


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With a climate emergency declared in Nelson and many other places, we bring together a business leader, a researcher, a filmmaker, an activist and RNZ broadcaster Kim Hill to explore what this means in practice.

Scientists are now warning we’re barrelling headlong into the largest extinction event on earth in millions of years and, according to the IPCC, we’re less than 12 years away from not being able to undo our mistakes. How can we implement radical change and avert a catastrophe?

Join Kerensa Johnston (Chief Executive, Wakatū Incorporation), Jess Berentson-Shaw (A Matter of Fact), Ange Palmer (Two Degrees), Raven Maeder (climate justice advocate) and Kim Hill to work out how we can move beyond the era of polarised communication and into positive action.

Photo credit: Stuff/Nelson Mail

Kim Hill

Kim Hill is one of New Zealand’s finest current affairs interviewers. She first joined Radio New Zealand in Gisborne. A stint in Greymouth followed, as did a period writing for the Nelson Evening Mail, before Kim arrived in Wellington to join RNZ Checkpoint, followed by Morning Report, then Nine to Noon before she moved, in 2002, to hosting the Saturday Morning show.

Kerensa Johnston

Kerensa Johnston is the Chief Executive of Wakatū Incorporation, and she joined as its Incorporation Secretary and General Counsel in December 2012. She is a lawyer who has worked as a solicitor in the private sector, a legal academic and as a Barrister. Kerensa is of Ngāti Tama, Ngāruahine and Ngāti Whāwhakia descent.

Jess Berentson-Shaw

Dr Jess Berentson-Shaw is a New Zealand researcher and communicator, and good science advocate. She has a PhD in Health Psychology and has worked in various roles in the public and private sector applying science and evidence to public policy. She is co-director of the not-for-profit research and policy organisation The Workshop, and a research associate at the Public Policy Institute at the University of Auckland.

Ange Palmer

As grandmother, medical herbalist, bush dweller and former filmmaker, Ange Palmer has always been fascinated by our responses to environmental challenges and making the documentary 2 Degrees over four years took her insight into climate issues to a new level. The psychology of sustainability and community engagement was a key part of the film and continues to be an area of intense interest for her.

Raven Maeder

Raven Maeder is a law and environmental studies student at Victoria University, and a national coordinator of School Strike 4 Climate in Aotearoa. Raven is passionate about youth empowerment, environmental protection and climate activism, and she has been active in these areas on a local, national and international level since a young age. She is the current Chair of the UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leaders.

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