"It's the crazies who change the world" – a key message from Anote Tong, the former President of the Republic of Kiribati, who spoke at Engineers Without Borders New Zealand (EWBNZ)'s conference in Christchurch last weekend.
More than 135 attended the Beca-sponsored event which brings together industry leaders, students, professionals, academics, and community partners who are passionate about social development and change.
This year's conference explored the topic of climate change – how we can help our communities fight climate change and the important role engineers play in adapting to climate disruption and building a zero-carbon world.
There was an impressive line-up of speakers including: Anote Tong – Former President of the Republic of Kiribati; Rachel Brown – founder and CEO of the Sustainable Business Network; Espen Ronneberg – the Climate Change Advisor for the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) in Samoa; and Koreti Tiumalu – the Pacific Region Coordinator of 350.org.
Attendees were encouraged to explore outside the technical sphere and investigate the social aspects of what climate change means for our communities, in New Zealand and the South Pacific.
"Thought-provoking, engaging and full of like-minded people", attendees left the day inspired and uplifted, thinking about what they can do to make a positive change in the world.
Emily Hinton, a mechanical engineer in our Buildings team said that thinking outside the box or, 'without borders' is where solutions to this complex problem lie.
"Engineering is such an important tool in the fight against climate change. For the solutions to be effective, it's crucial for the ideas to come from within, and education is the first step. Watch this space!"
About Engineers Without Borders
Engineers Without Borders is a non-profit organisation that aims to connect, educate and empower people through humanitarian engineering. Humanitarian engineering uses a people-centred, strength-based approach to improve community health, wellbeing and opportunity.
Want to know more?
Visit the Engineers Without Borders website for more information about the work they do, and how you can be involved. Beca is a key corporate partner of Engineers Without Borders New Zealand. Through our partnership and active volunteers providing pro-bono engineering assistance, we aim to work together to help transform and empower communities in need.