Climate change: turning gloom into boom

Gecko Environmental Council is determined to turn climate change gloom into boom with its Climate Change for Good conference which takes place Friday 1 and Saturday 2 July.

The two-day event offers some serious networking and collaboration opportunities with climate scientists, future thinkers, food security experts, campaigners, economists and young people determined to take the event’s key messages to political leaders and policy makers.

Which makes the event even more interesting, as the Federal election takes place at the same time.

“This conference is an idea-creation machine,” said Lois Levy, Conference Convener. “It sits well to host the Climate Change for Good Conference over the Federal election weekend as it highlights a number of key objectives – the primary being to give the community a voice to take action, real action,” she said.

She believes the community needs a voice so the government will recognise the need for action.

“We hosted a climate change information evening last year and it was obvious that the Gold Coast needed more. People said governments at all levels were not doing enough about climate change and that’s what motivated us to create this event: a sense that Gold Coasters were ready to take action.”

The program includes presentations by seasoned campaigners such as Rob Pekin (Food Connect) and Dr Moira Williams ( as well as organisations like Tangaroa Blue, Doctors for the Environment. Beyond Zero Emissions, Australian Ethical Investment and the Australian Solar Council.

Larissa Baldwin, who is the National Director for Seed and a previous Queensland Campaigner for the Australian Youth Climate Coalition is a keynote speaker.

Larissa is a young woman from the Widjabul clan of the Bundajalung nation and leads Seed’s campaigns and strategy nationally ensuring partnerships with frontline Indigenous communities.

Dr Steven Miles, Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection and Minister for National Parks and the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland is also a keynote speaker.

Tickets to the event are just $30 per day and are available at


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