Aotearoa New Zealand and Chile are neighbours that share similar geography and risks from future climate change. Although separated by nearly 10,000km, they are linked by the strong Southern Hemisphere westerly winds that circle Antarctica and the adjacent Southern Ocean. Despite the similarities between Chile and Aotearoa, relations between the two nations are underdeveloped across the scientific and business sectors, with a need for knowledge transfer on climate change impacts. The Winds of Change programme draws upon the common climate linkages to establish a New Zealand-Chile exchange and collaborative network of emerging leaders that can identify climate change solutions.
The Winds of Change network
Successful Winds of Change programmes have been run annually since 2020, bringing together postgraduate students and young professionals to expand their understanding of shared climate change challenges. We have built up an alumni base of 79 former participants in Aotearoa New Zealand and Chile, and we continue to provide valuable opportunities for our alumni to connect with each other and expand their knowledge on climate change and sustainability.
We have also forged important connections with leading academics in both Aotearoa New Zealand and Chile, and with the Chilean Council of University Rectors (CRUCH), facilitating international co-operation and transferring cutting-edge academic insights to our alumni and participants.
In 2023, our focus is on developing our existing network, and we will not be recruiting a new cohort of participants. If you are interested in getting involved in the network, please contact us at [email protected].
Indigenous peoples and climate adaptation
comunidades indígenas y adaptación al clima
A conversation between rivers: an argument for indigenous self-determination and ecosystem management
Una conversación entre ríos: un argumento para la autodeterminación indígena y la gestión del ecosistema
Learning to live with water
Widfire: Risks and causes
Wildfires: Risks and causes
Project by by Jenny Stein (PGDip SciComm, University of Otago), Valeria González (Master of Territorial Management, in progress, University of Chile), and William Henriquez (PhD Geology, submitted, Victoria University of Wellington)
2022 applications are now closed, but if you are interested in getting involved with the Network in some capacity, please contact us.
If you are interested in getting involved with the network in some capacity, please contact us.