The green green grass of home

by Gareth on September 24, 2008

Back at my desk briefly (it’s a hectic week), some catching up in progress. The Going West panel session on Saturday morning was fun to do, and well received. There will be a recording available (for download, I hope) and I’ll link to that if/when it’s available. The climate change legal summit in Te Papa was a fascinating couple of days, with excellent speakers. Some of it was fairly dry stuff, as you might expect when considering the legal minutiae of carbon trading, and how the ETS might interact with the RMA process, but there were really useful sessions on dealing with greenwash, checking out the quality of offsets, the pitfalls of carbon trading, and so on. Highlights for me were Judge Shonagh Kenderdine on how climate change is being treated in the Environment Court (with special reference to sea level rise), Karen Price on the process (and contractual pitfalls) of carbon trading, and Professor Martin Manning on climate science and politics. Prof Manning had some interesting thoughts on targets – which luckily for me, reinforced the message I’d given in my morning introduction. There were also interesting and challenging presentations on agriculture and its future from Guy Salmon and Chris Ward (Hort NZ). All good stuff: would be great if it could find a wider audience, because this is where the real debate about climate change is – dealing with it, and moving forward.

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Carol September 24, 2008 at 1:11 pm

As an attendee at this legal summit (thank you, Gareth) I can report that it was indeed interesting. Martin Manning’s talk was very enlightening (and more than a little frightening) and I enjoyed the coverage of case law involving climate change, the legal status of green claims and how the ETS is likely to affect food producers. And Gareth chaired the event with the charm and erudition that readers of this site will have come to expect!

Gareth September 24, 2008 at 1:14 pm

Where do I send the cheque, Carol?

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