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sustainable coasts panel. 

date. 15 September 2023

city. Depot Artspace, Devonport, Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland)

form. Expert Panel Talk

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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 Wallisdirector 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. 

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BlueRadiusTalks_Nina-LauraNina Dyer - Depot Artspace
00:00 / 03:42
BlueRadiusTalks_AlexAlex Rogers- Hauraki Gulf Forum
00:00 / 08:01
BlueRadiusTalks_GiovanniProfessor Giovanni Coco
00:00 / 12:28
BlueRadiusTalks_RichardRichard Wallis - Carbon Cycle Co.
00:00 / 25:40
BlueRadiusTalks_AudienceDiscussionAudience Discussion
00:00 / 26:36

Marshallese Blue

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

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