Climate scientists to collaborate with art
Two of NZ’s top climate scientists, Prof James Renwick and Prof Tim Naish (from Victoria University and GNS Science) will join prominent local artists Susan Mabin, Jacob Scott and Pereri King to discuss the role of the arts in inspiring climate action.
A free public event, the Arts + Climate Innovation Roadshow is organised by Track Zero in partnership with the Royal Society Te Aparangi — travelling to 10 locations around NZ, hosted by major art organisations, like the Auckland Museum, Christchurch Art Gallery and WORD Christchurch.
“You’ll learn the very latest climate science, be inspired by creative art projects and explore ways more creative projects and collaborations can happen, at scale, with support, working with the power of the arts to inspire climate action and innovation — the biggest cultural challenge of our time,” event organiser and Track Zero Founder, Sarah Meads, says.
“We live in an increasingly hot, hungry and less equal world in which human-made climate impacts are disproportionately affecting those most vulnerable,” Sarah says. “Scientists tell us we have a critical window — less than a decade — in which to act to prevent climate events that may be beyond our capacity to adapt, affecting civilisation as we know it. Our response needs to start now, be ambitious and creative, to get us on track to a net zero carbon future — shaping the future we want.
“Learn about the very latest climate science and be inspired by creative projects that help us to understand and care about our planet.”
Registration is essential via Eventbrite: trackzero-hastings.eventbrite.co.nz. A new creative charity, Track Zero works with creative practitioners to inspire climate change action.It supports artistic expression, including new work, events, forums and festivals, new collaborations between artists and science, think tanks, progressive business, government and communities, arts embedded in climate and social research, and applied research. The Arts + Climate Innovation Roadshow is its first project, travelling to 10 locations around NZ.
■ Arts + Climate Innovation, Hastings Community Arts Centre, free , Sunday, August 19, 4-6pm. Register: trackzero-hastings.eventbrite.co.nz
Prof. James Renwick explains the very latest climate change science to a packed Arts + Climate Innovation event in Dunedin.