This year the Institute is focusing specifically on climate change. The overall aim of this project is to explore a climate strategy for New Zealand.

David Attenborough recently stated in regard to climate change: ‘My generation is no great example for understanding – we have done terrible things. If we are not making progress with young people we are done!’ (April 2019). Our 2019 work programme aims to provide young people a platform to enable them to amplify their thinking and have their voice heard. See the two events below.

The 2019 work programme also includes a number of research reports, including a Project 2058 report on climate change reporting. The Institute hopes to publish this report before the end of May.

1. A point of vanishing stability: Exploring ideas for a climate strategy for New Zealand

Time: 5.30 – 7.30 pm (arrive by 5.15 pm) Thursday, 30 May 2019
Location: National Library of New Zealand, 70 Molesworth Street, Thorndon, Wellington

The goal of this event is to contribute to a national climate strategy that provides an urgent yet considered response to climate change. The speakers will explore ideas on what a successful strategy might look like through a wellbeing lens. The date was chosen to correspond with the release of New Zealand’s first Wellbeing Budget.

This discussion event will bring together Chlöe Swarbrick MP, Adrian Orr, Dr Anita Wreford, Roger Dennis, Conal Smith, Dame Dr Claudia Orange, Dr Carwyn Jones and Singapore-based futurist Aaron Maniam.

Click here to register for the event.

2. KiMuaNZ: Exploring climate futures

Time: 1–3 July 2019
Location: Wellington

From 1–3 July 2019, we are gathering 36 young New Zealanders aged 18–25 who identify with or have a connection to the Pacific. This workshop aims to highlight unique Pasifika perspectives for adapting to and mitigating climate change, and will focus on exploring different future scenarios and strategies for New Zealand and our Pacific neighbours within a climate changing world.

To find out more about the workshop, see here. To apply to be a participant, fill out the application survey here.