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Canterbury’s changing climate

21 February 2008
Media release

Canterbury’s changing climate

Climate change and its affect on Canterbury will be discussed at next month’s free public forum hosted by the Southern Environmental Trust.

“Climate change is a local issue, not just something that is happening elsewhere in the world that we hear about in the media,” says Bob Blyth from the Southern Environment Trust.

“Canterbury – the land and the people - will continue to be affected by changes in weather patterns - economically and socially,” he says.

David Parker, the Minister responsible for climate change issues, will discuss Government policies and strategies for climate change at a national level.

Climate expert from NIWA, David Wratt will provide a scientific perspective. David has been involved in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) since 1990. The IPCC was jointly awarded last year’s Nobel Peace Prize, along with Al Gore.

The economic and social affects on Canterbury will be presented by Peter Townsend, Chief Executive Officer of the Canterbury Employers Chamber of Commerce.

“By moving from the national and scientific information through to the direct impact on Canterbury will provide some very interesting perspectives on climate change here,” says Bob Blyth.

“After the presentations, there will be plenty of time for people to ask questions and find out even more,” he says.

Changing Climates: Hot topic for Canterbury is being held at 6.30pm on Wednesday 12 March 2008 at the Town Hall’s Limes Room in Christchurch.

The Southern Environmental Trust hosts annual forums and seminars on environmental issues. Past topics have included water issues, natural disasters, air quality, energy, and waste water.

The forum is sponsored by Meridian Energy, Environment Canterbury, the Christchurch City Council and Beca. Everyone is welcome.

For more information about Changing Climates: Hot topic for Canterbury visit the Southern Environmental Trust’s website www.set.org.nz.


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