New book Sea Change explores climate change politics and New Zealand

10 November 2017

A new book on climate change by University of Canterbury political scientist Associate Professor Bronwyn Hayward has been published just as international climate negotiations begin in Bonn, Germany.

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    Associate Professor Bronwyn Hayward is a world expert on sustainability and youth politics in the University of Canterbury’s Political Science and International Relations department

In Paris in 2015, world leaders agreed that climate change is real and happening – we can see the effects in extreme weather events, 100-year floods that happen every year, heatwaves that spark bushfires. Yet despite the scientific and political agreement, we are still waiting for meaningful, effective action.

A new book on the subject by University of Canterbury political scientist Associate Professor Bronwyn Hayward, Sea Change, has been published just as international climate negotiations begin in Bonn, Germany (6-17 November). At these negotiations, countries are considering how they will meet the tough targets set by the Paris Climate Agreement to hold climate change at just 1.5⁰C of warming.

Associate Professor Hayward is a world expert on sustainability and youth politics in the University of Canterbury’s Political Science and International Relations department and Director of UC’s Sustainable Citizenship and Civic Imagination: Hei Puāwaitanga research group. She is the only New Zealand lead author serving on UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change IPCC Special Report which assesses the prospect and impacts of limiting global warming to 1.5 ⁰C in a world of deepening inequality and uneven development. 

She will give a keynote lecture at Oxford University – the Bentham Lecture, University College – on 20 November. Her lecture includes a reflection on the outcomes of the Bonn meetings and will argue that achieving the Paris Agreement requires governments, such as New Zealand, to think and act very differently if they are to limit climate change in a fair, sustainable way.

In this new book, she argues that our best hope of combating climate change lies not only in government-led reform, but also in promising new forms of citizen-driven thinking and action.

(Associate Professor Hayward is based at Oxford University until mid-December 2017.)

Sea Change: Climate Politics and New Zealandby Bronwyn Hayward, Bridget Williams Books, RRP $14.99 print, $4.99 ebook, Published November 2017.

For further information please contact:

Margaret Agnew, Senior External Relations Advisor, University of Canterbury
Phone: +64 3 369 3631 | Mobile: +64 275 030 168margaret.agnew@canterbury.ac.nz
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