Waves of Change: Climate Change Tok Stori

January 25, 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Mānoa Campus, 3121/3125 John Burns Hall, EWC

An Inventory of Climate Change and Its Impacts on Indigenous Communities: Sharing the Initial Stages of Adaptation Strategies Explored in Pacific Island States with Joshua Cooper and Keitapu Maamaatuaiahutapu

Joshua Cooper teaches courses in environmental politics, climate justice, and land rights at the University of Hawaiʻi West Oʻahu and organizes in partnership with indigenous peoples and small island states to influence international institutions and instruments to protect the natural resources and promote sustainable practices in world affairs.

Cooper attended the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and Conference of Parties negotiations assisting indigenous peoples and states in the negotiation process. Cooper also participated in the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development and is active in elaboration of the Post 2015 Sustainable Development Goals process.

Cooper has recently been selected as a Climate Project Fellow with former Vice President Al Gore committing to provide community presentations around the planet focusing on reaching a global agreement to reduce carbon emissions to secure sustainable politics for future generations.

Keitapu Maamaatuaiahutapu is a lecturer in physical oceanography and meteorology at Université de la Polynésie Française, Punuaauia, French Polynesia. He teaches oceanography, meteorology, physics, and mathematics. Keitapu was involved in sea level measurements as director of the geodetic observatory in Tahiti. His research focuses on ocean circulation and modeling related to fisheries. He was minister of Marine resource, agriculture and research from 2004 to 2008 and is currently a special adviser to the President of French Polynesia on fisheries and aquaculture. * Keitapu Maamaatuaiahutapu will respond via video conference.

Ticket Information
Free and open to the public

Event Sponsor
Center for Pacific Islands Studies, Mānoa Campus

More Information
Katherine Higgins, (808) 956-2658, khiggins@hawaii.edu

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