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Free Public Forum Climate Change and Us
7:00pm, Tuesday 8th May, 2018
Salvation Army Auditorium 853 Colombo Street
Our 2018 forum is intended to provide  insight into what Christchurch and Canterbury people are likely to experience because of climate change and to encourage public discussion on how we should adapt. We have arranged a lineup of four excellent speakers who will each give a 20 minute presentation on aspects of the topic and then the meeting will have time for questions from the floor. The forum will be chaired by Athol McCully from the Southern Environmental Trust and the speakers are:
  • Adrian McDonald, University of Canterbury, what changes to weather patterns and New Zealand’s climate can we expect and in what time frame?
  • Helen Rouse (NIWA) – coastal issues and local community engagement
  • Andy Sturman Prof Emeritus, University of Canterbury – impact on the “climate sensitive” sectors of the economy
  • Bill Bayfield (Ecan) – adaptation for the Canterbury region
Another Successful forum run
by the Southern Environmental Trust:
Pathways to Swimmable Rivers
Our 2017 forum was held at Knox Church Christchurch on the 18th of October. There were about 100 people present. The event was ably chaired by Christchurch Lawyer, Kathryn Dalziel, who introduced the four forum speakers in turn and then invited questions from the floor. The first speaker was John Quinn from NIWA who discussed what the "swimmable rivers" concept actually means. He was followed by Tim Davies from Ecan who gave us an overview of how Canterbury rivers measure up to the swimmable rivers standard. Doug Rankin from Whitewater NZ then spoke about the recreational implications of the standard. Finally, Melissa Robson from Landcare Research talked about what is being done and what could be done to improve the swimmability of our waterways. 
 These are complex matters and we are grateful to our expert speakers for helping us to understand the issues involved and for participating in the lively discussion which followed. Thanks also to our chairperson, Kathryn Dalziel, and to our sponsors Environment Canterbury Beca and Shipleys audio/visual. Environment Canterbury created videos of the presentations which may be viewed using the following links: John Quinn, Tim Davies, Doug Rankin, Melissa Robson.
James Ranstead awarded the Southern Environmental Trust Scholarship for 2017
James (shown here making a presentation to the Christchurch South Rotary Club)  is studying for a BSc at Lincoln University in conservation and ecology with particular emphasis on environmental management. He comes from a farming background in the Waikato and in addition has extensive involvement in various leadership roles related to the environment such as the Lincoln Environmental Organisation and the Lincoln Envirotown Trust. He has been involved in making a submission on the future of the Aorkai/ Mt Cook National Park and was nominated for a national Aspiring Leaders forum in 2016. The Trust is delighted to award the scholarship to such a high calibre candidate.