Landmark Climate Change Conference to Unite Pacific
Over 200 people will gather at Victoria University of Wellington next week to take part in the University’s landmark Pacific Climate Change Conference.
The conference, ‘In The Eye of the Storm’, draws together experts across business, science, law, media and the arts to explore the effects, challenges and possible solutions to climate change in the Pacific.
Keynote speakers of the three-day conference include Kiribati’s President Anote Tong, eminent Australian scientist Professor Will Steffen, indigenous rights lawyer Dayle Takitimu, 350.org’s Bill McKibben (via video) and Victoria University scientists Professor James Renwick and Professor Tim Naish.
Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Pasifika) Hon. Luamanuvau Winnie Laban, one of the conference’s lead organisers, says the conference is a unique opportunity to hear from voices all over the Pacific.
“The Pacific is one of the world’s most vulnerable regions to the effects of climate change, and we can’t sit back and wait for bigger countries to act. It’s critical that we understand how climate change will affect us as a region, and identify ways we can mitigate and adapt to the challenges of this global threat.