Meeting the Challenge: A Strategy for a New Zealand Climate Policy

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Legislative Council Chamber

Parliament Buildings

Wellington, Wellington

New Zealand

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Kennedy Graham, Green Party spokesperson for climate change, will host a one-day conference in Parliament on Friday 7th June with the aim of fostering cross-party and public dialogue on climate change.

This threat is now urgent and we need to be working together to find common ground as well as debating our differences.

The international community agrees that action to cut greenhouse gas emissions is needed. Is New Zealand failing to do its fair share? Scientists are warning of potential catastrophe if effective action is not taken, within this decade, to stop global warming beyond 2 degrees. New Zealand needs a climate change strategy and action plan, which was called for by the United Nations in 2010.

The Government must act now, not some time in the future. We need an effective price signal to incentivise clean tech and innovation instead of subsidising pollution.

The conference will feature leading scientists, policy analysts, civil society and private sector representatives. Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, will give a video address and the day will finish with a cross-party political panel.

The programme for the day is as follows:

Welcome & Opening

Dr Russel Norman, co-leader, Green Party
Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary (by video)

Session 1: Science What is the state of the climate science in 2013, before IPCC –AR 5?

Presenter: Dr Andy Reisinger, NZ Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre, IPCC author
Respondent: Prof David Frame, Director, Climate Change Research Inst., Victoria University, IPCC author
Public Discussion

Session 2: Global Action, National Responsibility Where does New Zealand fit?

Presenter: Dr Adrian Macey, Senior Associate, Institute for Governance & Policy Studies
Presenter: Judy Lawrence, Climate Change Research Institute, Victoria University
Public Discussion

Session 3: Civil Society Voices Are governments doing enough? Is civil society doing enough?

Presenters: World Wildlife Fund - Peter Hardstaff
Climate Media - Cindy Baxter
Generation Zero - Paul Young
Public Discussion

Session 4: NZ Sectors – Business, Agriculture & Forestry What is possible; what is necessary?

Presenters: Sustainable Business Council (Penny Nelson, Executive Director)
Federated Farmers (Dr William Rolleston, Vice-President)
Forest Owners Association (Peter Weir, Executive Councillor, 2011 Forester of the Year)
Public Discussion

Session 5: Policy Mechanisms Market, fiscal and 'complementary measures' – optimal mix?

Presenters: Dr Suzi Kerr, Motu Economic and Public Policy Research
Simon Terry, Sustainability Council
Public Discussion

Session 6: Political Panel Divergent views, common ground?

Closing remarks
Prof Jonathan Boston, Director, Institute for Governance & Policy Studies