Climate Change Webinars

Where are we at, and what does it mean for New Zealand?


Wednesday 23 November 2022
Wednesday 30 November 2022
Wednesday 7 December 2022


7.30 - 8.30pm


Zoom link will be sent to you once registered

Wednesday 23 November : 7.30pm

Climate change is already bringing rising seas, extreme heat, floods and droughts globally and here in Aotearoa New Zealand. The latest science says we need to drastically reduce emissions of greenhouse gases this decade if we are to avoid unmanageable consequences. Professor Renwick will review what the latest science says about the state of the climate, and where the climate system is headed. He will discuss what it means for agriculture and for economic activity in New Zealand, and what measures we can all take to help deal with the problem. 

Professor James Renwick is a climate researcher who studies Southern Hemisphere climate variability, and the impacts of climate change on the Pacific, New Zealand and the Antarctic.  He has been a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for the last 20 years, contributing to three Assessment Reports.  James was awarded the Prime Minister's 2018 prize for Science Communication and was part of the team that won the Prime Minister's Science Prize in 2019.  He was appointed to the New Zealand Climate Change Commission in 2019.

Wednesday 30 November : 7.30pm

Human, animal and environmental health are closely linked and interdependent and the same global environmental changes that drive biodiversity loss and climate change drive disease emergence. The rise in consumption and trade, driven by demand in developed countries and emerging economies, and demographic pressures, have led to a series of emerging diseases that originate mainly in biodiverse developing countries. Here I’ll describe how land-use change, agricultural expansion and intensification, and wildlife trade and consumption have led to disease emergence and how climate change will impact this in the future.

Professor David Hayman is Professor of Infectious Disease Ecology, Royal Society Te Apārangi Rutherford Discovery Fellow and Percival Carmine Chair in Epidemiology and Public Health in the School of Veterinary Science, Massey University. He co-directs the Molecular Epidemiology and Public Health Laboratory and directs the Massey Infectious Disease Research Centre. He co-authored an Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Workshop Report on Biodiversity and Pandemics, is on the One Health High Level Expert Panel (OHHLEP), providing expertise to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH, formerly OIE), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) and co-authored the WHO-convened first study of origins of SARS-CoV-2.

Wednesday 7 December : 7.30pm

Practical steps to improve carbon footprints/sustainability of veterinary clinics.  Based on what we have learnt so far on our Climate Crisis Action journey at South Wairarapa Veterinary Services. 

Dr Jane Ough is a senior companion animal veterinarian at South Wairarapa Veterinary Services (SWVETS) and the NZVA Climate Change Ambassador. She is part of the advisory team for Veterinary Medicine Product Stewardship working to develop a recycling scheme that supports a circular economy. Jane became concerned about climate change in the mid 1990s when her two daughters were children. She gained a diploma in Environment and Sustainability in 2010 and planted a lot of trees. Jane and her partner have retired 2/3 of their small farm into a QE2 covenant which they are actively regenerating. She is also a founding member of the local catchment group. Jane works closely with her team at SWVETS to urgently reduce the green house gas emissions of the business, run it more sustainably and prepare for the worsening climate change challenges we are facing. 

Fridays are for climate action volunteering as the NZVA Climate Crisis Ambassador. Jane’s work is to encourage and mentor others in the veterinary profession to take measures that will help mitigate climate change and prepare them for this challenging future.

Please note these webinars will be recorded and the link will be distributed to NZVA members at a later date.


NZVA members and non-members: Complimentary 


Leanne Fecser
P 04 495 1144