UN Climate Change Conference COP26

Date Sunday 31 October - Friday 12 November 2021
Location Online
Cost Free

The University of Waikato is supporting the Commonwealth Human Ecology Council (CHEC) with daily online forums aligned with the United Nations COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow, Scotland. Tune in to listen to each morning from November 1 for reflections on the international event, and live lunchtime local panel discussions on key themes featuring local climate heroes.

UN Climate Change Conference COP26 - Waikato Event

31 October - 12 November, 2021

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The University of Waikato is supporting the Commonwealth Human Ecology Council (CHEC) with daily online forums aligned with the United Nations COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow, Scotland. Tune in to listen to each morning from November 1 for reflections on the international event, and live lunchtime local panel discussions on key themes featuring local climate heroes.

Twitter: @waikato #COP26 #WaikatoUni #ClimateAction

Event Details

When:
31 October - 12 November, 2021 (NZ Time - GMT+13)

Location:
Online. For full coverage of COP26 in Glasgow, including live sessions, expert opinions and session playlists, check out the dedicated COP26 Green Zone

This free online event, centred at the University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand, supports COP26 and its global wake-up call on climate change. It aims to connect people locally and globally, and to highlight the urgency of climate change

Initiated by the Waikato members of CHEC (Commonwealth Human Ecology Council),  including Associate Professor Tom Roa from the University’s Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies, the event is supported by Ministers Nanaia Mahuta and James Shaw.

Over a two-week period, the Waikato project will bring together local climate change leaders and advocates from academia, government, the community, iwi, grassroots organisations and business to reflect on the themes and concerns emerging from COP26.

Although we are half a world away, we are united in our concerns around climate change.

The Waikato initiative focuses on Māori and Indigenous and grassroots community perspectives. These groups are the most vulnerable to the threat and effects of climate change.

Livestream

Tune in at 1pm NZDT to watch our live local panel.

Let us know what you think

Email your thoughts on COP26 and what we could be doing locally to progress these initiatives here

Event Schedule

For full coverage of COP26 in Glasgow, including live sessions, expert opinions and session playlists, check out the dedicated COP26 Green Zone or CHEC COP26 Hub

Date (NZDT) Time and Sessions
1 November - Monday

10am - Opening session - Kupu Whakatau

Watch the COP26 Opening Ceremony on COP26 Green Zone

Watch a replay of the University of Waikato's Opening Session - Kupu Whakatau


1pm - Local Panel: Setting the Scene - what's to come!

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Our local experts kick-off the 2 weeks of action with a scene setting discussion on what is to follow. Hear from Hon. Nanaia Mahuta, Minister for Foreign Affairs, former CHEC President Professor Ian Douglas and others ahead of COP26

Speakers:

  • Associate Professor Sandy Morrison - University of Waikato
  • Hon. Nanaia Mahuta - Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • Emeritus Professor Ian Douglas - CHEC and University of Manchester
  • Mayor Hamish McDouall - Mayor of Whanganui
  • Cr Jennifer Nickel - Waikato Regional Council
  • Margaret Evans - CHEC and Former Mayor of Hamilton
  • Associate Professor Tom Roa - CHEC and University of Waikato

Additional Resources:

2 November - Tuesday

Daily introduction and reflections from Glasgow

Watch the Daily introduction and reflections from Glasgow - 2nd November 2021

Kupu Whakataki: Emily Robinson recaps the day's activity at COP26 in Glasgow and outlines the major themes.


1pm - Local Panel: New Scientific Knowledge and the Paris Agreement

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Join our local experts as they discuss the key themes from overnight at COP26. Today's panel will cover the Paris Agreement and new scientific knowledge on climate change, and what more should we/could we be doing?

Speakers

  • Cr Jennifer Nickel - Waikato Regional Council
  • Blair Dickie - Waikato Regional Council
  • Lorraine Dixon - Waikato Tainui
  • Niketi Toataua - NIWA
  • Professor Margaret Barbour - University of Waikato
  • Professor Louis Schipper - University of Waikato

Additional Resources:

3 November - Wednesday

Daily introduction and reflections from Glasgow

Watch the Daily introduction and reflections from Glasgow - 3rd November 2021

Emily Robinson recaps the day's activity at COP26 in Glasgow and outlines the major themes.


1pm - Local Panel: Gender, Science, Indigenous thinking and Climate Change

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Join our local experts as they discuss the key themes from overnight at COP26. Today's Panel will cover key issues of Gender, Science, Indigenous thinking and Climate Change.

Speakers

  • Professor Margaret Barbour - University of Waikato
  • Mayor Hamish McDouall - Mayor of Whanganui
  • Dr Kepa Morgan - Ngati Makino Iwi Authority
  • Lorraine Dixon - Waikato Tainui
  • Jo Wrigley - Go Eco (Waikato Environment Centre)
4 November - Thursday

Daily introduction and reflections from Glasgow

Watch the Daily introduction and reflections from Glasgow - 4th November 2021

Kupu Whakataki: Emily Robinson recaps the day's activity at COP26 in Glasgow and outlines the major themes.


1pm - Local Panel: Finance and Economics

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Join our local experts as they discuss some of the key themes from overnight at COP26. Today's panel will cover Climate Finance, Responsible Business Conduct and Transformational Economics

Speakers

  • Professor Frank Scrimgeour - University of Waikato
  • Associate Professor Linda Te Aho - University of Waikato
  • Professor Les Oxley - University of Waikato
  • Dr Mercy Kiremu - Western Institute of Technology
  • Blair Keenan - Waikato Regional Council
  • Rongo Kirkwood - Pouhere Puutea
5 November - Friday

Daily introduction and reflections from Glasgow

Watch the Daily introduction and reflections from Glasgow - 5th November 2021

Kupu Whakataki: Emily Robinson recaps the day's activity at COP26 in Glasgow and outlines the major themes.


1pm - Local Panel: Energy and Local Initiatives

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Join our local experts as they discuss some of the key themes from overnight at COP26. Today's session focuses on local initiatives and considerations for Energy use.

Speakers

  • Dr Kepa Morgan - Ngati Makino Iwi Authority
  • Mike West - WEL Energy Trust
  • Andrew Bydder - Architect, Director at ABCD
  • Gareth Cartwright - Community Energy Network
  • Stephen Heubeck - NIWA
  • Holly Snape - Community Waikato

Additional Resources:

6 November - Saturday

Daily introduction and reflections from Glasgow

Watch the Daily introduction and reflections from Glasgow - 6th November 2021

Kupu Whakataki: Emily Robinson recaps the day's activity at COP26 in Glasgow and outlines the major themes


1pm - Local Panel: Youth & Public Empowerment

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Join our local experts as they discuss some of the key themes from overnight at COP26. Today's panel dives into the power of youth in driving climate action and public empowerment.

Speakers

  • Heidi Mardon - Toimata Foundation
  • Hana-Rawhiti Maipi
  • Hannah Huggan - Student Environment Leaders
  • Shaaliny Jaufer - PHD Candidate and Zena Daysh Scholarship recipient
  • Meredith Akuhata-Brown - Gisborne District Council
  • Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr
  • Shane Ngatai - Ministry of Education

Additional Resources:

7 November - Sunday

Break

8 November - Monday

Daily introduction and reflections from Glasgow

Watch the Daily introduction and reflections from Glasgow - 8th November 2021

Kupu Whakataki: Emily Robinson recaps the day's activity at COP26 in Glasgow and outlines the major themes.


1pm - Local Panel: Nature

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Join our local experts as they discuss some of the key themes from overnight at COP26. Todays session covers the broad theme of Nature, focusing on Indigenous people & traditional knowledge holders, Water, Oceans & Coastal Zones.

Speakers

  • Gannin Ormsby - Maniapoto Māori Trust
  • Huia Forbes - Department of Conservation
  • Professor Bruce Clarkson - University of Waikato
  • Peter Bruce-Iri - Tai Tokerau Wānanga
  • Hannah Huggan - Student Environment Leaders
  • Clare St Pierre - Waipa District Council
  • Bianca Ranson - Potiki Adventures
  • Dr Kepa Morgan - Ngati Makino Iwi Authority
9 November - Tuesday

Daily introduction and reflections from Glasgow

Watch the Daily introduction and reflections from Glasgow - 9th November 2021

Kupu Whakataki: Emily Robinson recaps the day's activity at COP26 in Glasgow and outlines the major themes.


1pm - Local Panel: Adaptation and Resilience

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Todays session covers the Paris Agreement (projected levels of public financial resources to be provided to developing countries), Indigenous Knowledge, and Governance relating to adaptation and resilience.

Speakers

  • Peter Bruce-Iri - Northtec
  • Mayor Hamish McDouall - Mayor of Whanganui
  • Dr Kepa Morgan - Mahi Maioro Professionals
  • Dr Mere Kepa - Community Activist and Researcher, Takahiwai, Te Tai Tokerau
  • Marcus Williams - Unitec Institute of Technology
  • Max Purnell - Regenerative Farming
  • Rick Liefting - Waikato Regional Council
  • Amanda Waitere - Global Metal Solutions
  • John Barrett - Kapiti Island Nature Tours

Additional Resources

10 November - Wednesday

Daily introduction and reflections from Glasgow

Watch the Daily introduction and reflections from Glasgow - 10th November 2021

Kupu Whakataki: Emily Robinson recaps the day's activity at COP26 in Glasgow and outlines the major themes


1pm - Local Panel: Law, Science & Innovation

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Join our local experts as they discuss some of the key themes from overnight at COP26. Today's panel discuss the role of legal standards and guidelines in Climate Action.

Speakers

  • Thomas Gibbons - Thomas Gibbons Law
  • Cr Jennifer Nickel - Waikato Regional Council
  • Nathan Cooper - University of Waikato
  • Denis Tegg - Waikato Regional Council
  • Sarah Thomson - Hamilton City Council
  • Professor Barry Barton - University of Waikato
11 November - Thursday

Daily introduction and reflections from Glasgow

Watch the Daily introduction and reflections from Glasgow - 11th November 2021

Kupu Whakataki: Emily Robinson recaps the day's activity at COP26 in Glasgow and outlines the major themes.


1pm - Local Panel: Transport

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Join our local experts as they discuss some of the key themes from overnight at COP26. Today's key theme; Transport. What is being done locally to minimise the impact of transport on our environment?

Speakers

  • Cr Angela Strange - Waikato Regional Council
  • Professor Mike Duke - University of Waikato
  • Kiri Crossland - MRCagney
  • Stuart Penfold - Bike Waikato
  • Peter Bos - Living Streets
12 November - Friday

Daily introduction and reflections from Glasgow

Watch the Daily introduction and reflections from Glasgow - 12th November 2021

Kupu Whakataki: Emily Robinson recaps the day's activity at COP26 in Glasgow and outlines the major themes.


1pm - Local Panel: Cities, Region & Built Environments

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Join our local experts as they discuss some of the key themes from overnight at COP26. In our final panel, the - Cities, region & built environments

Speakers

  • Emeritus Professor Ian Douglas - University of Manchester
  • Dr Gaurav Sharma - Labour MP for Hamilton West
  • Rupert Craggs - NIWA
  • Lani Kereopa - Te Arawa Lakes Trust
  • Jamie Toko - Western Community Centre & Māori Women’s Welfare League
  • Vicky Young - University of Waikato

2pm - Wrap up of key messages and closing of COP26, our local initiative

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Waikato event connects to COP26 and climate change crisis

Read more here about the Waikato connection to COP26 and the work of Associate Professor Tom Roa to organise this event on behalf of CHEC Waikato.


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