5 questions with: Rod Carr

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Dr Rod Carr is chairman of the newly-formed Climate Change Commission, tasked with providing independent, expert advice to Government to help New Zealand transition to a low-emissions and climate-resilient economy. 

What was the best birthday present you ever received?

A spa pool.

What smell do you find irresistible?

Coffee, baking bread, bacon on the barbecue on a Saturday morning.

What is your least favourite thing about humanity?

Indifference to important matters.

What is one strong childhood memory?

Long summer evenings in Central Otago.

What is your message?

The three pillars for a good life are a sense of belonging, meaning and purpose, and love and kindness.


Ahhh What a nice guy.
A little bit concerned about this though.
"What is your least favourite thing about humanity?
Indifference to important matters."

Example. Is someone that can afford to buy an expensive EV and gets to drive it on our roads without paying the taxes that maintain them, then claims to be virtuous, indifferent to the reality that the top end of our electrical supply grid is powered by gas and coal?
Are they being indifferent to just the environment or to those of us that can't afford EV's as well?
What about a government that promotes EV's knowing full well that a renewable electrical supply is not available?
Then there is the local government run electrical transmission companies that insist that the whole community pay for upgrades to their systems knowing that only a minority can afford EV's, the cause of the projected upgrade requirements.

What is important ?
Is sea level rise important?
Building the stadium higher that 0.5m above the high tide mark was not !
What about developing the waterfront ?
The DCC cleaning out mud traps is important to me !

A propensity to be sucked-in by emotional narratives, would have been a reassuring answer.