Week Two of Auckland Climate Festival has delivered an exceptional array of events, and the third and final week promises to be the biggest, most diverse yet.
Auckland Climate Festival’s programme of virtual events has engaged thousands of participants from Auckland and around the world. Week Two’s programme was a week of climate leadership and industry-focussed events.
Highlights include ‘Climate Leadership in Tāmaki Makaurau’ hosted by MRCagney. The session entailed a keynote address by Jenny Cooper QC followed by an inspiring panel kōrero. The discussion covered the benefits of positive action and festival optimism, as well as the requirement for strong, clear leadership.
“We need leadership from the top to set clear goals and a common vision. But we also need leadership across all sectors and levels of decision making to ensure that the vision is translated into effective action,” Cooper said.
Other highlights included ‘The financing of a Net Zero Future with Hon. James Shaw and Richard Curtis’ organised by Mindful Money; Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei’s event ‘Kai Sovereignty: Lowering your carbon footprint through local kai’, where the online panel discussed home-growing of food as a human right; and ‘Business Activism’ by Social Enterprise Auckland and Impact Hub Waikato, where four activist entrepreneurs spoke about reshaping business.
Various events have given climate action new-comers basic knowledge of climate concepts, while other businesses and organisations have shared deep-dive industry-specific events that further enhance pre-engaged audience understanding.