Annual Bruce Jesson Lecture : The climate emergency

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Will the Zero Carbon Act really cut emissions? What institutional change does a climate emergency demand?

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The Bruce Jesson Foundation and School of Social Sciences presents the Annual Jesson Lecture

The Climate Emergency

Dr Russel Norman ǀ Executive Director, Greenpeace New Zealand

The Climate Commission that the Zero Carbon Act establishes is frequently identified as the cornerstone institution of the Government’s climate strategy. But with literally zero power to cut emissions, is the new Climate Commission nothing more than another talkshop? And given the surprising reality that the Zero Carbon Act makes it harder than ever for civil society groups to take the Government to court over lack of climate action, will it actually result in an increase in emissions? If we were serious about the climate emergency what institutional change would we adopt?

Dr Russel Norman has been the Executive Director of Greenpeace Aotearoa New Zealand since November 2015. Before this he was a Member of the New Zealand Parliament and Co-leader of the Green Party from 2008-2015.

Russel co-led the Green Party during its period of growth leading up the 2014 election where the Party received 11% of the vote and 14 MPs, for the second election running. He was the Party Spokesperson on Economics and Environment and developed the Party’s economic policy. In the environmental space he was particularly focused on climate and freshwater issues. He served on numerous Parliamentary Committees, mostly the Finance and Expenditure Committee and the Intelligence and Security Committee.

Prior to entering Parliament he worked in a diverse range of industries including automobile manufacturing, sheetmetal fabrication, and viticulture. He has PhD in political science from Macquarie University in Sydney. His main area of expertise is in economics, climate, energy, and freshwater ecosystems.

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Old Government House Lecture Theatre (102-G36)

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Auckland, Auckland 1010

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