Jim Hansen to tour NZ: dates announced

By Gareth Renowden 12/04/2011

James Hansen will be touring New Zealand next month, giving a public lecture entitled ’Climate Change: a scientific, moral and legal issue’ in Auckland, Palmerston North, Wellington, Dunedin, Gore and Christchurch (schedule below the fold). Coal and lignite will be a major focus of his visit, and he’ll be participating in a symposium on “the future of coal” in Wellington on May 17th. Solid Energy’s CEO Don Elder will also be there, which should guarantee an interesting divergence of opinion. Hansen will also visit Southland to see the site of Solid Energy’s proposed lignite developments. Hot Topic and The Climate Show hope to be able to catch up with Jim at some point on his tour. I want to ask him about the Eemian… ;-)

Hansen’s tour is being sponsored by a number of groups, including 350.org, Greenpeace, Organic Systems NZ, Oxfam, The Pure Advantage (business leaders group), the Institute of Policy Studies, and a number of interested academics and individuals. Announcing the tour, Jeanette Fitzsimons, spokesperson for the coalition bringing Dr Hansen to New Zealand said ’Dr Hansen will explain why we cannot get climate change under control and preserve a decent future for our grandchildren unless we leave most of the remaining coal in the ground’. Amen to that.

Hansen’s NZ Tour, May 2011

Thurs 12th May: Auckland: public lecture 6pm, University of Auckland Business School, OGGB4, Level 0, Owen Glenn Building, 12 Grafton Road.

Fri 13th May: Palmerston North: public lecture 1.30-2.45pm, Japan Lecture Theatre, Massey University.

Mon 16th May: Wellington: public lecture 5.45pm, Rutherford House, welcomed by Mayor Celia Wade-Brown.

Tues 17th May: Wellington: 8.45 am — 5.30 pm IPS Symposium on the Future of Coal (pdf) Victoria University: (he will speak 10.20 to 11.30, on panel 4pm -5.30pm).

Wed 18th May: Dunedin: public lecture5.30 — 7pm, St David’s Lecture Hall.

Thurs 19th May: Gore: 2 pm public meeting hosted by Mataura Landcare group, Gore District Council.

Friday 20th May: Christchurch: public talk 5.30 pm, hosted by Kennedy Graham, MP, venue to be confirmed.

Saturday 21st May: Auckland: Daytime event to be confirmed.

I’ll update this schedule as further information becomes available.