Climate Action workshop

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  • Location: Peregian Community House, Peregian Beach 4573 Queensland

Noosa Biosphere residents prepare for climate change

Noosa Biosphere residents have watched anxiously as their fellow Queenslanders have endured extreme weather events such as cyclones and storm surges to the north and devastating floods to the west and south of the region.

"We are seriously concerned about far reaching climate change affects both globally and in our own backyard, especially after having recently witnessed such devastation elsewhere" said Kate English a senior climate lecturer and Noosa Biosphere Education and Research Board member.

"These recent events provide further evidence that our group is on the right path; by preparing for climate change now we can go a long way towards understanding the risks and then adapting in order to address these risks."  Ms English added as she formally announced the next workshop in the Noosa Climate Action Project (NCAP) series of community events.

After two recent community workshops on climate change, attracting 40-50 community members each time, the Noosa Climate Action Project is committed to continuing this successful community program with a third workshop in Peregian Beach on the 3rd of March.

"Scientists are telling us that as our climate changes we can expect more extremes in weather, including violent storms and heavy rain events leading to flooding.  

"But other extreme events, such as extended droughts and longer heat waves, are also likely in our region over time and Noosa residents are starting to ask what would happen in our local area when these extreme weather events strike close to home," adds Ms English.

This local perspective is hot on the heels of recent comments by Ross Garnaut, the Gillard Government's top advisor on carbon emissions.

"The science says that without mitigation and with the sorts of emissions growth that my analysis shows will follow from the industrialisation of China and India and Indonesia, and the acceleration of economic growth in Africa, then that first degree (of warming) is just the beginning," Prof Garnaut said last week.

"And so, if we are seeing an intensification of extreme weather events now, you ain't seen nothing yet."

The Noosa Climate Action Project (N-CAP), through its Climate Adaptation Workshops, aims to answer some of these questions and give local people the opportunity to discuss how they can respond to threatening weather events and increasing global temperatures.  

The project is a collaboration among Noosa Biosphere Ltd, Noosa Residents and Ratepayers Association, SEQ Catchments and the University of the Sunshine Coast.  

Community workshops are being held at different locations around the Noosa Biosphere where local people consider the risks and come up with local, on-the-ground actions to adapt to future impacts of climate change.

The third in the ongoing series of workshops will be held at Peregian Community House on Thursday 3 March from 5.30pm -- 9.00pm.  

Attendance is free and a light supper will be served to start proceedings.  

Everyone in the Noosa community is invited to come along to the workshop and share their thoughts about climate change, learn more about the recent extreme weather events and the risks they pose and help develop a community action plan to prepare for the effects of climate change.

To register for the next climate action workshop at Peregian Community House on Thursday 3 March, please email:   

Anne Lawrence  
14 February 2011
Noosa Biosphere residents prepare for climate change

Noosa Biosphere Reserve Foundation :
PO Box 294, Tewantin
07 5474 0932
Noosa Biosphere Reserve Foundation

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Peregian Community House, Peregian Beach

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