Climate Futures forum 2011
Climate change raises questions for society that go far beyond climate science itself and lead to basic questions about how society should plan for likely climate futures.
We need new ways of addressing the likely consequences of climate change in the next decade, as well as ways for future generations to both limit and deal with the consequences.
Our response to climate change requires a clearer social perspective. We need more collaboration between different sectors of society, and for this to be integrated with contributions from scientists and policymakers. Only then will we be able to change the path we are on.
In March 2011 CCRI held the Climate Futures Forum to launch an ongoing dialogue - across society and generations - identifying pathways to different climate futures.
The two-day Forum consisted of presentations by key speakers, followed by dialogue in smaller groups between participants and speakers. The Forum covered four policy-relevant and interdisciplinary themes:
- climate change and society's challenge
- Communication between the science community and society
- Human behaviour and the capacity to change
- Towards durable decision making
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All presentations and dialogue are compiled in the book Climate Futures: Pathways for Society
Links to presentations and recordings of the sessions
- Mihi and Mayor Celia Wade-Brown - welcome to participants
- Minister for Climate Change Hon Nick Smith –conference opening
- Professor Peter Barrett – Acting Director, CCRI, VUW – conference introduction
- Jinty McTavish and Simon Tegg - youth perspectives
Climate Change and Society's Challenge
Chair: Professor Peter Barrett
Professor Martin Manning, CCRI, Victoria University of Wellington
“ Risks and consequences, timescales and uncertainties”
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Professor David Karoly, University of Melbourne and IPCC
“Climate futures and choices for society”
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Sir Paul Reeves, Chancellor AUT, former NZ Governor General, Auckland
“Crafting the long view”
Communication between the science community and society
Chair: Dr. Nancy Bertler
- Dr Erik Conway, NASA, USA
“Communicating the science of climate change: lessons from history”
- Fred Pearce, author and environmental journalist, UK
“Explaining complexity: challenges for the Fourth Estate” Download PDFpdf1.7MB
- Brian Fallow, Economics Editor NZ Herald
“Managing messages in the media”
Human behaviour and the capacity for change
Chair: Professor John McClure
Professor Robert Gifford, University of Victoria, BC, Canada
“Human responses to future climate change: a perspective from psychology”
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Dr Bronwyn Hayward, University of Canterbury
“Growing up in a dynamic climate: Why citizenship will matter more than behaviour change”
Professor John Thwaites, Monash University
“How democratic processes can deal with complex long term issues”
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Towards durable decision-making
Chair: Judy Lawrence
Dr David Frame, University of Oxford
“The role of the scientist in durable decision making”
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Sacha McMeeking, Ngai Tahu
“The role of future generations in durable decision making”
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Key reflections from each group by rapporteurs and “A Forum synthesis” by Prof Jonathan Boston, Institute of Public Policy, VUW
Jinty McTavish and Simon Tegg - youth perspectives
Other interviews and events
Lloyd Geering interview (video)
Eric Conway with Kim Hill on "Saturday Morning"
Fred Pearce with Chris Laidlaw on "Sunday Morning"
James Hansen with Kim Hill on "Saturday Morning"
Cafe Session - Veronika Meduna on "Our Changing World"
Speakers: Sir Lloyd Geering, Professor Robert Gifford, Dr Bronwyn Hayward, Gareth Renowden
Breakfast Session - Chris Laidlaw - Ideas on "Sunday Morning"
Speakers: Fred Pearce, David Karoly, Martin Kreft, Colin James
Sean Plunket with Fred Pearce, Erik Conway and Gareth Renowden