Climate change governance enables organisations to constructively address environmental challenges. The most recent international report (IPCC 6th Assessment) plots the massive risks to human wellbeing from climate change. It concludes that, given the key risks identified, "adaptation that increases resilience requires sustained, adaptive management with the goal of transformative change" (22.214.171.124). No one could disagree with the importance of 'adaptive management', but how do we do that in our place with our people, within the constraints and demands of 2022, in a raging pandemic?!?
Silvia Purdie is working with community organisations, from small local groups through to large social service agencies. She is passionate about helping people, no matter what their situation, take positive action on climate change. "Yes there is so much that can get us down, but I'm finding that when people put their heads together to do something constructive, this generates energy". A group she worked with last year liked to meet on Friday afternoons so that they ended the week on a high note!
Our Workshop Speakers
Silvia Purdie is a counsellor, sustainability consultant, and ordained minister.
She established and leads Place Consultancy as a resource and training base for the community sector in environmental sustainability. Silvia brings an engaging and encouraging approach to the complex challenges of climate crisis.
She brings a particular interest in mental health, with a private practice in counselling and professional supervision based in Rolleston. Those who attended her Grow seminar for Mental Health Awareness Week 2021 on climate change and mental health described it as: “a very interesting, practical and hopeful session”, “meaningful, empowering and thought provoking”. Silvia is also an ordained Presbyterian minister and author, with two books currently being published: ‘Awhi Mai Awhi Atu: Women in Creation Care’, and ‘Moving On: Grief in Ministry Transition’.
Jonathan Boston, ONZM, is Professor of Public Policy in the School of Government at Victoria University of Wellington (VUW). His research interests include climate change, child poverty, governance, public management, research funding, and welfare state design. He has served at various times as Director of the Institute of Policy Studies and Director of the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies at VUW.
David Hanna is the director of Wesley Community Action and member of the Inspiring Communities team. He is a fifth generation Tangata Tiriti, a partner, father of 4 children and grandfather. A central strand of his working life is helping create new systems that enable people to develop and maintain healthy relationships and live lives that they value. His roles have included time as a National Youth Director of an NGO, a policy manager in Central Government, a consultant on positive child / youth development.
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