Climate change policy: stepping back and moving forward
Suzi Kerr gave a public policy seminar on Thursday 14 May on climate change policy - her last before heading to Stanford University for a one year visiting professorship. She drew attention to the big picture of climate change policy, and discussed New Zealand’s place in the policy effort, highlighting this country’s possible role as climate change policy innovator.
When caught up in domestic climate change policy debates it is easy to lose sight of the big picture. Climate change is a global problem that can be addressed only with global cooperation. This talk will take us back to the fundamental nature of the problem and necessary characteristics of the long-term solution. New Zealand’s role in this larger picture will be highlighted, especially our capacity to lead land use policy and technological innovation, in particular for pastoral agriculture and forestry. I will focus on three aspects: new results relating to land use based climate mitigation within New Zealand; the significance of ‘global warming potentials’ (that affect how New Zealand is held responsible for intense but short-lived methane emissions); and effective protection of forests outside New Zealand.
To download Suzi’s presentation go to the Wellington Public Policy Seminars page.
Posted 15-May-2009 by motuadmin