17 June 2019

Extinction and the climate crisis key theme of environment conference

The crisis facing the North Coast koala population from deforestation will be top of the agenda at the NSW Regional Environment Conference in Lismore on June 22.

The conference is being hosted by the NSW Nature Conservation Council and Lismore’s Friends of the Koala and will include a panel discussion titled Species extinction in a climate crisis as well as workshops on successful Northern Rivers campaigns to protect nature and the return of Githabul country to Traditional Owners.

“We are very excited to be holding this year’s conference on the North Coast because there is such a high level of environmental awareness in this region,” CEO Kate Smolski said.

“The state of the environment concerns everybody in NSW, but it is of particular interest to people on the North Coast.

“People in this region know from lived experience that healthy communities and viable economies depend absolutely on healthy ecosystems and a healthy climate.

“This is one of the most stunning places in Australia, with an astonishing variety of ecosystems, plants and animals.

“Unfortunately, the region’s forests, rivers, and wetlands are threatened by a range of pressures, including unsustainable native forest logging, urban sprawl and the climate emergency.”

Ms Smolski said the conference was an opportunity for people to come together to share experiences, develop strategies and grapple with some of the state’s most pressing environmental issues. Everyone with an interest in nature conservation and environmental protection is encouraged to register.

 CONFERENCE DETAILS

What:                   NSW Regional Environment Conference

When:                  Saturday, June 22

Where:                 Lismore Showgrounds, 116 Alexandra Parade, North Lismore

Cost:                      $25 (includes lunch)

Details:                 https://www.nature.org.au/about/governance/regional-conference-2019/

Phone:                 9516 1488

 

 

DRAFT

 

Regional Conference Agenda

Theme: Species extinction in a climate crisis

 

Saturday, June 22

8.30am REGISTRATION OPENS

8.45am WELCOME TO COUNTRY + SMOKING CEREMONY

9.30am REGIONAL CONFERENCE OPENING

Welcome and outline conference (Prof. Don White, NCC Chair)

Welcome to the region and local issues (Dr Ros Irwin)

9.45am NCC CEO UPDATE (Kate Smolski)

State-wide campaign highlights

Priority campaigns for 2019 and beyond

Local group campaign updates

9.55am SESSION 1: TBA

11.00am MORNING TEA

11.30am SESSION 2: Species extinction in a climate crisis (Panel)

12.30pm LUNCH

1.30pm WORKSHOP SESSION 1

1.       Stories of Success: Protecting Nature in the Northern Rivers

2.       Campaign for the Githabul return of country

2.45pm AFTERNOON TEA

3.15pm WORKSHOP SESSION 2

1.       Forests

2.       Habitat loss and environmental justice

3.       Networked communities and resilience

5.00pm Finish

5:30pm Lantern parade starts from corner Market and Molesworth Street and to The Quad in Rural Street.

 

 

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