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Important: These events have already taken place. 

Speaker Series

Our speakers are all nationally or internationally known
Dermot Coffey
(OraTaiao:New Zealand Climate & Health Council)
g health first- Covid and Climate Change"

Yin Paradies
(Alfred Deakin Professor and Chair in Race Relations at Deakin University, Victoria), “COVID, climate change and coloniality: Towards a re-consecrated cosmos”


Sara Templeton
(Councillor, Christchurch City Council – how communities adapt), ‘It’s a Team Event: What Covid has Taught Us about Climate’


Michael Reynolds
 (co-founder Toha Kai) “A Crisis of Culture or a Culture of Crisis?”.

City Nature Challenge BOEE Event

 An exciting global challenge to find and document wildlife in our own backyard.
As part of this event, BOEE started a biodiversity blitz starting from Southshore Spit Reserve. 

This will be a walk starting at the reserve, down the estuary side, then up the coastal side as far as Tern Street across to the estuary and back to The Reserve.

We will spend time looking and recording birds, animals, critters. Your welcome to just tag along and stretch your legs and help us to spot wildlife.

Climate Change: Food, Education, Wellbeing.

About the presenters: 
With links to downloadable versions of presentations.

  • John D Potter MBBS PhD
    Professor, Centre for Public Health Research Massey University, Wellington
    “Thought for Food: What we eat affects planetary and human health”
    I plan to address the fact that the way we eat now in much of the world, but especially in high-income countries, is essentially unprecedented across human history and pre-history. How we eat is locked in a feedback loop with how we raise food. These, in turn, influence our disease risk and have a major impact on climate change. I will discuss other aspects and consequences of this knot/nexus of relationships.


  • Professor Philip (Chris) Reid
    Plymouth University and Honorary Lankaster Fellow of the Marine Biological Association UK

    “Climate change impacts: A New Zealand way forward.”
    As an oceanographer I have seen rapid and systematic changes in the oceanic environment since the early 1970s. The ocean has a key role in climate change, and as human induced global warming accelerates, the ocean system is amplifying climate and weather changes. We are on track for a ‘dangerous’ world, and only major and rapid reorganization of our social, economic, trading and commercial structures can establish a world that is sustainable and largely carbon free. New Zealand’s emissions have increased since 1990,  and this means that very deep cuts will be needed to reduce emissions to net zero by 2050.


  • Fiona van Petegem BE(Hons) MBA
    Regenerative Business Development

    “Transition Engineering: adaptation pathways to a sustainable future.”​Passionate about positive change, Fiona’s South Island based consultancy, Regenerative Business Development, supports businesses in their transition to a strong, viable and sustainable future. Transition Engineering is a new interdisciplinary field of engineering that has been developed over the last 20 years to create the disruptive change necessary to address climate change. Our engineered systems need to change, but an understanding of the economic, political, social, and behavioural complexities need to be appreciated and factored into those changes.


  • Simon Watts 
    BOEE and National University of Singapore

    “Adapting to climate change while remaking the economy: Communities own their stories and shape their futures.”
    Even if we stopped all human induced global warming today, things will continue to change, and there is no guarantee that things will return to what they were. Hence, we will need to adapt anyway. I will sketch how effective adaptation could occur in NZ, without decapitating the economy, or destroying communities. 
    Simon is the Director of BOEE which supports communities, businesses and governments in their adaptive journeys. 

Videos from all speakers at Climate Change: Food, Education and Wellbeing:
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