Post Truth, Alternative Facts and New Zealand’s Future.
How can we sort fact from fiction when there’s so much information available through TV and radio channels, mainstream Internet and social media?
Important questions need to be considered based on accurate information.
Personal decisions depend upon it: the use of Roundup, eating bacon, or buying an electric car, for instance.
At national level we face challenges like, should this country stay free from genetically engineered organisms; get rid of ruminants; encourage more tourism...?
No stranger to controversy, Jacqueline Rowarth is U3A’s guest speaker at the next Community Forum, Wednesday June 20. She will consider the issues, discuss the facts, and present some unintended consequences that might arise from picking solutions without considering implications.
For 30 years Dr Jacqueline Rowarth has been involved in agribusiness, teaching at Massey and Waikato universities. In October 2016 she was appointed chief scientist for the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA), hired for her expertise in explaining science to the wider community – like U3A members. She left this position in early 2018 and nowadays focuses on speaking and writing as a science advocate and agri-environmental analyst.
The University of the Third Age (U3A) is a world-wide network of learning co-operatives for retired or semi-retired people (after the ‘second’ age which is generally one of full-time employment and family responsibilities). It recognises that those in their third age have something to contribute, with emphasis on sharing. There is no lower age for membership.
Doors open 9:30 with refreshments. Visitors welcome with gold coin entry.