Given the federal debate around energy policy last week, the visit by Professor Tim Flannery and representatives of the Australian Museum to Young last week was most timely. I felt privileged to attend one of the three sessions that was held to seek community feedback on the proposed establishment of a centre for environmental solutions.
The consultation sought feedback on the existence of the centre itself and most importantly, its proposed activities, which are many and varied. Some of the proposals include roadshows involving public lectures, school visits, exchanges of country and city children, fauna and flora studies and exhibitions tailored to local communities, all with a goal of achieving practical solutions at a local level. I believe this is imperative.
For too long environmental issues (and most especially climate change) have been treated as a political football. It is only by bringing the highly pressing environmental issues into the mainstream that they will be effectively discussed and managed. One needs to remember that as well as finding solutions, there are great opportunities as well. New industries and ideas will develop as long as we start the engagement.
The effects of climate change are not limited to some esoteric discussion of world temperatures, they have a real effect on personal health and the health of society as a whole. One need only recall last summer’s bushfires for evidence of this. Action to address climate change will result in thriving communities. I wish to thank the Australian Museum for its visit and engagement and sincerely hope that it continues and we can collaborate to create meaningful outcomes for the people of the Hilltops. Thanks also to the Young Climate Change Action Group for organising this consultation and may the good work continue.
– Councillor Tony Wallace
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