When Captain Cook set out to observe the Transit of Venus in the South Pacific, it was a part of Earth so poorly explored by westerners that European mapmakers couldn’t agree if he would find a giant continent there or not. Cook steered across miles of open ocean, fighting storms and scurvy to reach Tahiti.
These days there’s similar trepidation awaiting those who try to map the future landscape of climate change solutions.
Over the last two years, Motu Economic and Public Policy Research has convened the Low-Emission Future Dialogue, engaging a group of cross-sector stakeholders in their personal capacities to explore options for a successful zero-net-emission economy in New Zealand. The goal was creative problem solving, not consensus on recommendations. The outcomes are a collection of ideas not necessarily endorsed by individual participants, their affiliated organisations, or programme funders.