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Climate change is one of today's most hotly debated topics, not only in Australia but around the world. Adaptation solutions will need to be developed and implemented locally but experience from around the world is invaluable.
To start the conversation, the South Gippsland Sustainability Network, is presenting the first episode of the award winning documentary, Years of Living Dangerously. This series "features firsthand accounts from people who have been affected by the occurrence, with a team of correspondents from the entertainment and news industries traveling around the world to report on effects of global warming and what people are doing to find solutions for it".
A hearty supper will be provided afterwards along with the opportunity for attendees to discuss the local implications raised by the information presented.
Hi all, just realised that while I sent out the poster for this one via email, I didn't create the new event! If you can make it this week, please head to the event http://www.sustainabilitygippsland.com/event/community-talks-climate-presenting-the-years-of-living-dangerously-doco-episode-ice-brimstone and RSVP. Thanks and hope to see you there!
Want to effect change? Apart from encouraging all those that you interact with on a regular basis to make positive changes in their daily lives, the government representatives are there to hear your views, debate and agree on policy & law changes on your behalf. In South Gippsland, you can contact your local Councillor, State Member or Federal Member of Parliament. Here are some links that may assist you in contacting your local representative and let them know what is important to you and your future: Councillors @ South Gippsland - http://www.southgippsland.vic.gov.au/Page/Page.asp?Page_Id=105 State Government Members of Parliament - http://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/electorates/ Federal Government Members of Parliament - http://www.aph.gov.au/Senators_and_Members/Parliamentarian_Search_Results
And don't forget that meeting with others who share your views enables change too through supporting each other in positive action. Check out other groups and events on Sustainability Gippsland to find more fellow Gippslanders to cooperate for a truly sustainable future.
Following on from Climate Cafe Episode 1, I have found a great program that has been implemented worldwide that may address the question of fixing things or tinkering locally. The program is called Repair Cafe and here a link to the website - http://repaircafe.org/ . Albury Wodonga is currently seeking interest to start a cafe in their area and one already operates in Sydney and in Mullumbimby. If you or anyone you know is interested in helping start such a group in the area please feel free to call me, Skye Radcliffe-Scott, Environment Officer, South Gippsland Shire Council on 5662 9380.