The Climate Conundrum event will be on Thursday, 16 May at 6:30pm at St Peter’s Anglican College in Broulee, 61 Train Street BROULEE
Lachie Nicholls of Year 12, who is co-organising the event writes: … The devastation of climate change is upon us. In 2017 NASA, NOAA and the Met Office confirmed that of the previous 17 years, 16 of them were the warmest on record, globally. On the most basic scale, I started questioning what the individual does to contribute towards a warming planet. What is the cause and effect of the things we do as individuals, as towns, or as a country ? What are the impacts of planes as mechanism for transport ? What are the greenhouse gas implications of longer showers or not recycling, or heating houses, or our thirst for consumerism, or cars, globalisation, or just watching cricket on TV in the air con. ? And why the increase in severe storms, fire, floods? But as I myself, am guilty of committing all these climate crimes, how do we tackle climate change without abolishing the individuals civil liberties?
There are some excellent minds working on climate change. There are also those who actively work to keep this quiet - particularly in a year like this where we have two elections – maybe they don’t want to hear about why there are repeated fish kills in the Darling River. In coming back from summer holidays I mulled over what I had learned, saw, heard and felt. I asked a few questions, and to my surprise school encouraged me. The Climate Conundrum evening will start with special guest, Emeritus Professor Will Steffen, from the Fenner School of Environment and Society, ANU. Then following this yet you will hear an array of different backgrounds and opinions, and you will have a chance to have your own say in the Q&A styled forum with panel members from quite different backgrounds – all intently focused on climate change. These organisations will include our own retired Bishop, George Browning – a champion pacifist in bringing even the big mining companies to the table on environmental matters, an author with a background on climate change, a Doctor using Seaweed for manufacture of health products, an adversarial group that champions winter for skiers, and someone representing schools, education & students.