Leading Environmental Summit Kicks Off Next Week

Published: Thu 6 Jun 2024 08:52 AM
The Environmental Defence Society’s leading environmental summit for 2024 kicks off in Ōtautahi Christchurch on Monday 10th – Wednesday 12th next week. The Future is Now: Biodiversity, Climate and Us is being held amidst the coalition government’s unprecedented reversal of environmental protections for Aotearoa New Zealand’s natural world. This conference can hardly be more timely. It will dig deeply into the reforms, critique them and explore alternatives with expert presenters including iwi Māori, local government, ENGOs, government agencies and academia.
The overarching focus will be on how we can address the twin crises of indigenous biodiversity loss and climate change without causing harm to our natural world.
On Monday, a half day workshop will focus on the proposed wind-back of freshwater and indigenous biodiversity protections, with an explanation of what is involved, followed by sector commentary.
On Tuesday and Wednesday the conference proper gets underway with notable keynote speakers including international experts providing the global context, iwi Māori providing a mātauranga perspective on addressing environmental challenges and 3 Ministers explaining the government’s rationale for current policies.
Keynote speakers include:Hans-Otto Pörtner, Bremen UniversityJohn Pearson, British High CommissionGabrielle Huria, Te Kura Taka PiniPenny Nelson, Department of ConservationHon Simon Watts, Minister for Climate ChangeHon Tama Potaka, Minister of ConservationMike Joy, Victoria University of WellingtonHon Shane Jones, Minister of ResourcesHon Rachel Brooking, Labour PartySimon Tucker, FonterraLara Taylor, Papa PounamuAgathe Hitchon, French EmbassyRt Hon Simon Upton, Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment.
And many more.
The full conference programme is available here.
For a complimentary media pass please email Fiona.
Livestream media passes are available. These passes allow you to view sessions live and also watch recordings on demand.
Environmental Defence Society
EDS speaks for the environment. It has influence.
Since 1971, EDS has been driving environmental protection in Aotearoa New Zealand through law and policy change. That's why it's one of this country's most influential non- profit organisations when it comes to achieving better environmental outcomes.
EDS has expertise in key disciplines including law, planning, landscape and science. It operates as a policy think-tank, a litigation advocate, and a collaborator – bringing together the private and public sectors for constructive engagement.
EDS runs conferences and seminars on topical issues, including an annual Environmental Summit and the Climate Change and Business Conference.
EDS is a registered charity and donations to it are tax-deductible.
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