Powhiri, presentation by Dr. James Hansen (visiting American Climate Scientist), 1pm 11 May, Orakei Marae

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Kia hiwa ra! Kia hiwa ra! E nga waka, e nga mana, e nga reo, e nga pataka o nga taonga tuku iho, huri noa i te motu, tena koutou. Nau mai, haere mai.

To: Iwi Leaders, Maori Environmental Managers, Maori Community Leaders, Maori local body politicians.

What: Powhiri and presentation by Dr. James Hansen – visiting American Climate Scientist.

Where: Orakei Marae, Takaparawha, Tamaki Makaurau.

When: 1 pm Wednesday 11 May 2011.

This is a unique opportunity to spend an afternoon with Dr James E. Hansen, one of the worlds leading climate scientists who is visiting Aotearoa in May.

Dr. James E. Hansen (born March 29, 1941) heads the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York City, a part of the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, Earth Sciences Division.

He has held this position since 1981. He is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University.

Hansen is best known for his research in the field of climatology, his testimony on climate change to congressional committees in 1988 that helped raise broad awareness of global warming, and his advocacy of action to limit the impacts of climate change.

In recent years, Hansen has become an activist for action to mitigate the effects of climate change, which on several occasions has led to his arrest.

Hansen was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1996 for his “development of pioneering radiative transfer models and studies of planetary atmospheres; development of simplified and three-dimensional global climate models; explication of climate forcing mechanisms; analysis of current climate trends from observational data; and projections of anthropogenic impacts on the global climate system.

In 2001, he received the 7th Annual Heinz Award in the Environment (endowed with US$250,000) for his research on global warming, and was listed as one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2006. Also in 2006, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) selected James Hansen to receive their Award for Scientific Freedom and Responsibility for his courageous and steadfast advocacy in support of scientists’ responsibilities to communicate their scientific opinions and findings openly and honestly on matters of public importance.

In 2007, Hansen shared the US $1 million Dan David Prize for achievements having an outstanding scientific, technological, cultural or social impact on our world.

In 2008, he received the PNC Bank Common Wealth Award of Distinguished Service for his outstanding achievements in science. At the end of 2008, Hansen was named by Earth Sky Communications and a panel of 600 scientist-advisors as the Scientist Communicator of the Year, citing him as an outspoken authority on climate change who had best communicated with the public about vital science issues or concepts during 2008.

In 2009, Hansen was awarded the 2009 Carl-Gustaf Rossby Research Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the American Meteorological Society, for his outstanding contributions to climate modeling, understanding climate change forcings and sensitivity, and for clear communication of climate science in the public arena.

Hansen won the 2010 Sophie Prize, set up in 1997 by Norwegian Jostein Gaarder, the author of the 1991 best-selling novel and teenagers’ guide to philosophy Sophie’s World for his key role for the development of our understanding of human-induced climate change.

Ngati Whatua o Orakei extend this invitation and welcome all to come and meet with Dr Hansen at Orakei Marae.

E nga karanga maha, tena tatou katoa. Nau mai, haere mai ki Tamaki Herenga Waka.

Many thanks to Mike Smith and TUANUKU for this panui. Kia kaha Mike.

1 COMMENT

  1. It is of grave importance to heed the words of Dr. James Hanson. It would be wise and prudent to consider the action needed to tackle Global Warming today.
    Thank you for having him as a speaker.

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