sustainable coasts panel.
date. 15 September 2023
city. Depot Artspace, Devonport, Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland)
form. Expert Panel Talk
Visitors to the Blue Radius Exhibition were encouraged to learn about, contemplate, and respond to the contributing factors and local realities of a range of coastal emergencies facing them as individuals, communities and a society.
An evening of talks took place between three invited speakers who discussed how science, politics, and carbon emissions relate to the threat of sea level rise on the Auckland region. Professor Giovanni Coco (University of Auckland) and Alex Rogers (Hauraki Gulf Forum) shared some data about projected sea level rise in local region of Te Hau Kapua Devonport and the increased warming of Tīkapa Moana. Richard Wallis (The Carbon Cycle Co) expressed the positive impact to be made on the climate through carbon composting and regenerative farming practices.
Alex Rogers is the Executive Officer of the Hauraki Gulf Forum and will share his kōrero about the politics of protecting and restoring the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park to lead to a healthier future for Tīkapa Moana, Te Moananui-ā-Toi.
Professor Giovanni Coco is a coastal oceanographer based in the School of Environment in the Faculty of Science at the University of Auckland. He is also a Devonport resident and so has a particular knowledge of the potential impacts that sea level rise will have on the locality.
Richard Wallis, director of The Carbon Cycle Company and inventor of the Carbon Cycle Composter, helps companies and communities to reduce CO2 emissions created through food waste. His system reduces the emission of greenhouse gases from food waste in landfill, while feeding people, increasing economic benefits, and preserving threatened ecosystems.
By Faumuina Felolini Maria Tafuna‘i
When there is more blue than green
More blue than brown
More blue than black
And in faraway places
White turning blue
The lagoon on my right
And the sea on my left
Will rise to claim me
Not because I have gills
Or a fin to cut the water
But because others like me
And unlike me
Have burned all that was green
Chopped down all that was brown
Dug up all that was black
Until all that covers my family is blue