The Environmental Defence Society’s annual environmental summit will provide an early opportunity to scrutinise the new government’s proposed environmental reforms. The Future is Now: Biodiversity, Climate and Us, is being held at Te Pae, Ōtautahi Christchurch, 10-12 June 2024, and is now open for registration.
“The National-led coalition government has taken a very different and disturbing tack when it comes to environmental policy,” said EDS Chief Executive Gary Taylor.
“Once the dust has settled after the 100-day plan, there’ll be an opportunity to collectively deliberate on what should come next for the environment. At that point we can hope for a more nuanced approach.
“The conference title,The Future is Now: Biodiversity, Climate and Us, was devised before the election and is especially relevant given the new context. Aotearoa faces significant environmental challenges and we need to ensure that government policies help us address them.
“The conference programme will profile national and international experts and build on te ao Māori perspectives and knowledge. There will be informative and interactive workshops on key issues. We will pool our collective wisdom on the key challenges we face: climate, oceans, resource management, freshwater, conservation, energy and biodiversity.
“EDS’s 2024 conference will dig deeply into the twin challenges of climate change and biodiversity loss, what is at stake for the nation, and where the solutions lie.
We can’t afford to keep lurching from left to right on environmental reforms or be driven by dogma rather than science. We need to find solutions to our environmental challenges across the political divide and find enduring ways forward.
“This conference is not to be missed. Please register below and join us for the most important environmental summit we have run,” said Gary Taylor.