The low­down on low car­bon

Marlborough Express - The Saturday Express, Marlborough - - FRONT PAGE - PAULA HULBURT

A panel of straight talk­ers will put their dif­fer­ences aside to help find a way for­ward for a greener Marl­bor­ough.

Na­tional MP Stu­art Smith, Green Party MP Kennedy Gra­ham and Labour Party can­di­date Janette Walker will be at Marl­bor­ough’s in­au­gu­ral Earth Day Party on Satur­day.

The group will each be given a minute to out­line their thoughts on a car­bon-neu­tral fu­ture to the pub­lic be­fore an­swer­ing ques­tions.

Vic­to­ria Univer­sity ge­ol­ogy pro­fes­sor emer­i­tus Peter Bar­rett will also at­tend the event at Marl­bor­ough’s A&P Park where he will give a talk on global warm­ing.

Found­ing mem­ber of the New Zealand Cli­mate Change Re­search In­sti­tute, Pro­fes­sor Bar­rett is also at­tend­ing.

Event or­gan­iser Peter Dea­con says he hopes the dis­cus­sion will spark a pub­lic de­bate on the is­sues of cli­mate change.

‘‘No doubt there will be peo­ple who feel cli­mate change doesn’t ex­ist but this is a sub­ject we need to be talk­ing about.

‘‘As New Zealand faces the chal­lenge of tran­si­tion­ing from fos­sil fu­els to­wards a car­bon-zero fu­ture, we must now re-imag­ine and re-en­gi­neer our econ­omy and our way of liv­ing, to place lower de­mands on the planet’s fi­nite re­sources.’’

The fam­ily-friendly cel­e­bra­tion co­in­cides with In­ter­na­tional Earth Day.

A range of ex­hi­bi­tions and demon­stra­tions of re­new­able en­ergy will take place through­out the day and a mix of elec­tric- pow­ered items will be on dis­play to try out. Bat­tery-pow­ered mow­ers, weed eaters and chain­saws as well as other low car­bon tech­nolo­gies will be on show along­side elec­tric bikes, cars and mo­tor­bikes.

Peter says he wants the event to be ‘‘fam­ily ori­en­tated’’ and there will be a spe­cial Kids’ Cor­ner and en­ter­tain­ment area with three bouncy cas­tles, colour­ing com­pe­ti­tions and face paint­ing.

A range of spot prizes will also be on of­fer in­clud­ing au­to­graphed good­ies from the Topp Twins.

The event be­gins at 10am and runs un­til 3pm.

PHOTO: SCOTT HAMMOND/FAIRFAX NZ

Marl­bor­ough Earth Day Party or­gan­iser Peter Dea­con has prizes to give away, in­clud­ing a recharge­able light and ra­dio.

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