Free public event: The Path to a Sustainable Future
Can the path to a sustainable future be found in the past? Global experts on water policy and management in the Pacific will gather on Tuesday night (7 February) at The Piano in Christchurch for Tauhere UC Connect public talk The Path to a Sustainable Future.
Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | the University of Canterbury (UC) Office of Treaty Partnership, Kā Waimaero | the Ngāi Tahu Centre are co-hosting a free Tauhere UC Connect panel discussion by international thought-leaders in the fields of ecosystems, water science and the sustainability of the Pacific Islands: Professors Peter Vitousek and Barton “Buzz” Thompson from Stanford University, United States, and Dr Mike Joy of Victoria University Wellington, chaired by University of Canterbury Professor Bronwyn Hayward, and introduced by Professor Te Maire Tau, Kā Waimaero | Ngāi Tahu Centre, University of Canterbury.
The year 2023 marks the University of Canterbury’s sesquicentenary and the 150th anniversary theme is: Ka titiro whakamuri, ki te anga whakamua | Guided by the Past, Shaping the Future.
Topics for discussion in The Path to a Sustainable Future event include:
How and why Polynesia Island societies approached sustainability
How we got our deadly addiction to nitrogen
How our food went from energy positive to energy negative
How producing food became industrialised and fossil fuel dependent
How we lost our connection to water
Do courts have a role to play in promoting sustainability?
Does the world need a trustee? and
What does history teach us about how best to achieve sustainability?
About the experts:Barton “Buzz” Thompson is a global expert on water policy and management. He is the Robert E Paradise Professor of Natural Resources Law at Stanford University and a professor of environmental behavioural sciences at Stanford’s new Doerr School of Sustainability. He also is a senior fellow in the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, which he co-founded in 2004 and directed for over a dozen years. He serves of counsel to the international law firm of O’Melveny & Myers and is a member of the Technical Advisory Committee of the Sustainable Water Impact Fund (a joint business venture between the Renewable Resources Group and The Nature Conservancy). From 2008 to 2018, he served as Special Master for the United States Supreme Court in Montana v. Wyoming, an interstate water dispute involving the Yellowstone River System. He also is a former member of the Science Advisory Board of the US Environmental Protection Agency. Buzz is the author of multiple articles and books on water and the environment. His recent research focuses on the growing importance of private businesses in the pursuit of sustainability. His new book on The Business of Water will be published in 2023.
Peter Vitousek is the Clifford G. Morrison Professor of Population and Resource Studies in the Department of Earth System Science at Stanford University. Peter was born and grew up in Hawai’i and has been on the faculty at Stanford University since 1984. His research interests include: evaluating the global cycles of nitrogen and phosphorus, and how they are altered by human activity; determining the effects of invasive species on the workings of whole ecosystems; and understanding how the interaction of land and culture contributed to the sustainability of Pacific Island societies before European contact. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and was awarded the 2010 Japan Prize. He is co-director of the First Nations Futures Institute and of the Hawai’i Ecosystems Project.
Mike Joy is a senior researcher at the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies at Victoria University of Wellington. Seeing the decline in freshwater health, he became an outspoken advocate for environmental protection. Mike has won numerous awards, including an Ecology in Action award from the NZ Ecological Society (2009), the Royal Society’s Charles Fleming Award for protection of the New Zealand environment (2013), the Morgan Foundation inaugural River Voice Award (2015), the inaugural Universities NZ Critic and Conscience award (2016) and was a semi-finalist for the 2018 Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year. Mike has developed bio-assessment tools used by many regional councils and consultants, and published scientific papers in many fields from artificial intelligence and data mining to the freshwater ecology of sub-Antarctic islands. He has worked for decades at the interface of science and policy in New Zealand with a goal of strengthening connections between science, policy and real outcomes to address the multiple environmental issues facing New Zealand.
Haere Mai | Welcome!
If you are new UC international student (or transitioning to campus for the first time), join us for a fun and informative welcome to help you meet other students, key international support staff, and learn how to settle into your new life in Ōtautahi Christchurch as a UC international student!
A formal Māori welcome to campus
International Student Orientation seminar, presented by UC Student Care and UC International
Kai (lunch) on the lawn, music, international support stalls, and the opportunity to make connections with other new students
To finish up, you have the option to join the Amazing Race around our beautiful campus, led by student mentors.
In addition to our International Welcome, we encourage all new students to come along on Friday 17 February to Haere tō waka | UC Orientation day. This is when the whole campus is on show: campus tours, academic introduction seminars, market stalls, handouts and lots of fun around campus and the UCSA students Association.
Students who are welcome to joint this event are:
Study Abroad and Exchange students
New Zealand Manaaki Scholarship students
UCIC, CCEL and other pathway students transitioning to UC Campus
Students who have been studying online with us and are coming to campus for the first time
New international Undergraduate and Postgraduate students
If you have any other arrival questions, please email the International Relationships team on email@example.com
You can also find some settling in information here on UC's webpage and we recommend checking our Education NZ's resources on Nau Mai or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you or your whānau (family) may have.
UC Herea tō waka | Orientation Day (O Day) is the best way to find out what university life has to offer. It takes place the Friday before term starts and is a chance for new students to connect with their peers, get amongst the UC community, explore the campus and find out what they need to know for day one at UC. O Day is exclusive for students new to UC in 2023 including an opportunity for whānau and parents to find out more about how to support their new student at UC.