Winds of Change: Asia-Pacific Podcast

Welcome to the Winds of Change: Asia-Pacific podcast! We inspire positive change through conversations with people who are finding solutions and taking action in the Asia-Pacific to tackle climate change and sustainability issues.

In this podcast you can hear from experts from academia, industry and the community, as we discuss climate change and sustainability issues from scientific, business, policy, and community perspectives.

This podcast is a production of the Winds of Change programme of the Centres of Asia-Pacific Excellence.

Join us as we embark on this journey together, navigating the Winds of Change!

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Episode two: Indigenous water rights with Professor Elizabeth Macpherson

In this episode, Professor Elizabeth Macpherson from The University of Canterbury in Aotearoa New Zealand, shares with us her insights as a researcher in Indigenous water rights law in Aotearoa New Zealand and Latin America.

Get inspired and empowered by this Winds of Change Episode and discover with us the positive change that is happening in Indigenous water rights legislation. For example, the ground breaking example of the Whanganui River in Aotearoa New Zealand that became the first river in the world to be recognised as a legal person with its own rights under the care of local Indigenous people.

Elizabeth emphasised the importance of acknowledging that she is not Indigenous. She is a Pākehā comparative legal scholar. Her observations about the innovative examples of legal models for Indigenous water rights and authority in this podcast are her own observations as a western legal researcher viewing these legal models from the outside, and her observations are necessarily limited by her own cultural perspective and position. She encourages any listeners who are interested in these legal models to seek authoritative information from the websites of the tribal authorities who lead them. 

Episode one: Marine environmental education with Dr. Carolina Zagal

Dr. Carolina Zagal from Oceanosfera Foundation in Chile shares her journey into marine environmental education, her motivations to create a foundation that delivers marine education for a "living ocean," and the importance of experiential learning and how it can create action.

Get inspired and empowered by this Winds of Change Episode and discover with us how Oceanosfera is creating change in Chile.


About the Winds of Change

Winds of Change are education programmes that unite postgraduate students from New Zealand and Chile, and New Zealand and China, to investigate common climate change issues and how sustainable development strategies can be created for the future. They are programmes of the Latin America and North Asia Centres of Asia-Pacific Excellence, led by the University of Otago in close collaboration with academics. Find out more!