Event: Wellington Climate 2050

Forest & Bird panel discussion with Climate Change Minister James Shaw

What will our coolest little capital look like if there is 4˚C of climate warming by the end of the century? Will little blue penguins still nest in our bays, how many houses will have been lost to a rising ocean, and will new pests and diseases be decimating our precious native forests?

Forest & Bird is hosting a panel discussion about the impact of climate change on Wellington’s natural environment.

The free event is Thursday 29 March, at the City Gallery, Civic Square, from 6:00-7.30 pm.

"It’s a great opportunity to hear from leaders and thinkers about what the future of our city could be and get inspired to make the changes necessary to make New Zealand carbon-neutral by 2050," says Forest & Bird Climate Advocate Adelia Hallett, who is hosting the event. 

The panelists will be:

  • Minister for Climate Change, James Shaw
  • Victoria University climate scientist, Professor James Renwick
  • Wellington Regional Council Environment Committee Chair, Councillor Sue Kedgley
  • Wellington City Council portfolio leader on climate change, Councillor David Lee.

The panel discussion will help people understand the impacts of climate change on Wellington using three scenarios: 1.5 degrees of warming (the target to preserve nature), 2 degrees of warming (the Paris Agreement upper target), or 4 degrees of warming (our current trajectory) by the end of the century.

“Climate change can seem like a far-off problem that doesn’t impact our lives here in New Zealand but it’s already affecting us – you’ve only got to look at the extreme weather this summer to know that," says Ms Hallett.

“The year 2050 is not that far away, that’s when New Zealand could be carbon-neutral which puts us in a good position to take on the challenges of climate change. But we need to act right now to preserve and restore our natural world for future generations.”

For more information, see https://www.facebook.com/events/939273022905968/ 

Note to journalists:

There is a large amount of public interest in this event. You'll need to reply to this email to reserve a seat at the event.