Cli­mate sci­en­tists to col­lab­o­rate with art

Napier Courier - - News -

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.

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