The Sustainable Business Network's (SBN) CEO, Rachel Brown, will deliver a multimedia presentation created by Al Gore to an audience of 80 gathered at Auckland Museum on Thursday 15 September 2011. Broadcasting to the world via live web-streaming, the theme of the presentation for New Zealand will be focused on agriculture, employment, and a shift to a green economy.
Kicking of the event, well-known actor and environmental campaigner, Lucy Lawless, will address the guests. When Ms Brown has completed her presentation, Carl Chenery from 350.org.nz, an official partner of the event in New Zealand, will provide his perspective on the issues. Following this, the event will segue into a dialogue around action. At that stage, Ms Brown will welcome prominent NZ climate, agricultural and employment specialists to the stage with her. These include Barry Coates from Oxfam; Lee Barry from WWF; Philip Mills from Pure Advantage; Chris Morrison from All Good Organics; James Samuels from Transition Towns; Mark Roberts from Greenfleet; Steve Able from Greenpeace; Jennifer Nickel from Generation Zero; and Sarah Sinclair from SBN's National Board.
Fulfilling the MC role is broadcaster and adjunct professor, Rod Oram, while the Hon. David Clendon MP, will welcome guests with a traditional mihi.
"We're looking forward to hosting the New Zealand part of this historic worldwide event and hearing from some of Aotearoa's most exciting leaders in this space. Be prepared for an inspirational evening," says Brown.
The purpose of the campaign is to offer a round-the-clock, round-the-globe snapshot of the climate crisis in real time. From Tonga to Cape Verde, Mexico City to Alaska, Jakarta to London, people living with the impacts of climate change every day will tell their story. Brown's presentation will help to build a bigger picture whereby people living with the reality of climate change will connect the dots between recent extreme weather events - including floods, droughts and storms - and the manmade pollution that is changing our climate.
While the event itself is at capacity, people are encouraged to participate via 'viewing parties', either by joining an existing party or organising their own. Visit http://climaterealityproject.org for more on how to get involved.