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‘An Inconvenient Truth’ Comes To Te Papa

5 November 2007

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Climate Messenger Brings ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ To Te Papa
6.30pm, Tuesday 13 November 2007

New Zealanders will soon have the opportunity to hear one of Al Gore’s ‘climate messengers’, Randall Pearce, speaking on climate change at Te Papa. On the evening of Tuesday 13 November, Mr Pearce will deliver the presentation that inspired the Academy Award winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth.

ANZ is pleased to support this public lecture. ‘As one of New Zealand's largest organisations, we recognise the importance of the climate change issue for our customers and New Zealand as a whole. We all have a role to play in managing our impact on the environment. For our part, we are actively working to reduce our ecological footprint and aim to achieve carbon neutrality in the next two years,’ says ANZ National Bank CEO Graham Hodges.

‘We welcome Mr Pearce to New Zealand for this thought-provoking and interesting presentation,’ Mr Hodges says.

Mr Pearce is one of the 75 ‘climate messengers’ selected to help spread Al Gore’s message on climate change in Australia. He was trained to present the slideshow by Mr Gore and a team of climate change scientists and educators last year. Since then, he has spoken to a wide range of community and business groups. A social researcher by profession, Mr Pearce volunteers his time to spread the climate change message.

‘Climate change is a social issue as much as an environmental one. Al Gore’s great achievement has been to instigate a change in public attitudes regarding climate change,’ says Mr Pearce. ‘I feel privileged to have been invited to bring that message to New Zealand.’

The visually stunning presentation weaves in some recent and interesting research data on community attitudes and behavior regarding climate change from around the world.

‘Thanks to New Zealand-based wildlife ecologist Dr Eric Dorfman, this presentation will include slides specific to the ways in which climate change is affecting New Zealand,’ Mr Pearce says.

The lecture is free, but registration is essential. To ensure a seat, please phone the Friends of Te Papa office on (04) 381 7051.


Friends of Te Papa present The Climate Project
6.30–7.30pm, Tuesday 13 November 2007
Soundings Theatre, Level 2
Te Papa
Free entry, bookings essential, call (04) 381 7051

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