In this interview, which was broadcast on RadioNZ at 7.12pm, on the 26th of May, Professor Susan Krumdieck of the University of Canterbury, and Co-Leader of the Global Association for Transition Engineering Director Advanced Energy, said, as if with foreknowledge, that we can expect more extreme weather in New Zealand in the future.
Show presenter, Bryan Crump asks Susan Krumdieck at 14.22 minutes into this must hear interview, if this is a point in history when we have the opportunity to make a change, and is COVID a crisis that we can’t afford to waste?
As if foretelling a future that has already been mapped out for the people of New Zealand, she replied: “Ur, absolutely, um, we are going to have plenty of crises after this with the extreme weather situations, um and so we are going to become people who are very good at managing and adapting and just really get over this thing of worrying about things not being the way that um that we are used to. We actually are going to start to be really rising to the challenge, that sort of thing.”
She also said that virtually everything else can be re-engineered so we don’t need oil, that most of the houses that we are living in are going to have to be rebuilt in the next hundred years, so let’s make sure we rebuild them in the right place so people can get where they want to go by cycling and by walking.
Hear this RNZ interview here: Transition Engineering Post Covid-19 https://www.rnz.co.nz/audio/player?audio_id=2018748084
Susan Krumdieck told the Otago Daily Times in 2019 “There are no green solutions, there are only tough choices and big change projects.”
Daniel Kenning, the co-founder of the Global Association for Transition Engineering Director Advanced Energy, ( GATE ) has been been Chair of the Future Climate – Engineering Solutions project since 2011. This is a global alliance of professional engineering associations working to develop and share best practice in the creation of national energy and climate plans. It states on the GATE website: “The project aims to ensure that national governments recognise the importance of engineering input to ensure national energy and climate plans are workable now and in the future, and is closely involved in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) process. FC-ES has been represented at the COP (Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC) meetings since 2008.”