There’s a growing amount of press focussed on climate change and the impacts of a warming planet – particularly given the intense weather being experienced by most of Australia as we go to print.
But how will climate change affect the Gold Coast and what can local residents do to take action?
Judy McLennan is hoping that a Climate Action Forum will give people a better understanding of exactly what the city has to lose when it comes to climate change.
“We’re facing a global climate crisis. I’m mortified,” says the Gold Coast woman, a member of a local volunteer-run ACF group keen to see more action on climate change.
“I want to do more myself and shift people from complacency to action.”
Judy was concerned when she heard colleagues saying they believed that climate change wouldn’t impact the Gold Coast very much.
“This psychological distance, that climate change really isn’t going to impact personally, makes it less likely that individuals take action on climate change,” she said.
And hence, the notion for the forum came about. Judy is hoping the Gold Coast Climate Action Forum will help people better understand exactly what’s at stake when it comes to climate change on the Gold Coast.
“Also I wanted to showcase that the Gold Coast has several concerned and active groups involved in climate change. These climate action groups collaborate and work together. If more people joined any of these groups, we could do more about climate change,” she said.
The Forum, set for 21 February at Robina Community Centre has secured a raft of speakers who’ll address the impacts of climate change on our city. Professor Brendan Mackey (Griffith University), Dr Jamie Seymour (James Cook University) and Nicky Ison (Community Power Agency) are all on board as keynotes and a panel of local activists and change-makers including Dr Nicole Rogers (Southern Cross University), Matthew Ross (Stop Adani Gold Coast) and Katie Norman (Sustainable Schools Network) will speak about the role of activism and what everyday people can do to take action on this critical issue.
The evening promises to be informative and practical and there is no cost to attend.
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Gold Coast Climate Action Forum takes place on 21 February, 6.00 – 8.30pm at Robina Community Centre. RSVP at bit.ly/climateforumGC