Welcome to the first edition of CCA News for 2017. This month we bring you a 'Special Edition' - rather than the usual format, we've decided to concentrate on Steve Posselt's visit to Port Macquarie this month.
A kayak adventurer and ecowarrior, Steve has commenced the last leg of his Connecting Climate Chaos journey that has taken him around the world. On New Years Day 2017 he brought out his kayak ‘Old Yella’ for the last time and set off from Ballina to collect 100,000 signatures for the Climate Emergency Declaration petition.
His journey is 1,200 kilometres down the coast to Moruya and then 180km dragging the kayak up the mountains to Canberra, where the petition will be presented to Parliament. As part of this journey, Steve paddled in to Port Macquarie and many of us had the opportunity to meet & listen to him.
In conjunction with Climate Change Australia (Hastings)
Steve Posselt is paddling from Ballina to Moruya then hauling his kayak up the range to Canberra to present the Climate Emergency Declaration.
He will be in Port Macquarie on Friday 13 January and Saturday 14 January 2017
On Friday 13 January we welcome Steve to Port Macquarie - Westport Park boat ramp, 9 am.
Steve will give a talk on his campaign, including his trip to the Paris climate talks in December 2015, on Friday evening at the CWA Rooms starting at 6pm.
Next day the big event is on land and water:
Saturday 14 January 2017
Westport Park boat ramp.
12.30 pm start
Steve Posselt is an engineer, author, adventurer, eco-warrior, grandfather and raconteur. He has over 40 years’ experience in the water industry and is a Fellow of Engineers Australia. His story is about adaptation, agility, intelligence, experience and pure persistence to achieve the goal of getting there. Humour, especially encounters with local police, break the relentless grind of reaching Paris. People, equipment, weather, and bureaucracy, contribute to having audiences on the edge of their seats.
CCA contacts – Harry Creamer 0431 158 252 and Mick Lyons 0438 172 348
A message from our President:
As 2016 ends, it’s time to take stock and have some rest and relaxation with friends and family. It’s been a tough year for all of us in climate campaigning - from the largest mass bleaching of the Reef in January to the federal policy chaos of this month.
Throughout, we excelled as a safe climate and clean energy action group. Our membership continues to rise and the commitment of our members remains strong – seen at networking events like the end-of-year party last Friday, in meetings with MPs, attendance at workshops, and in the policy submissions we make. Without doubt, our high point was the federal election. We attended forums, took to the streets with letterboxing, held two ‘Pollution-Free Politics’ rallies, staged a flash action to greet the deputy PM, and even launched a new website. We may not have changed the outcome in 2016, but just wait until 2019!
2017 is shaping up to be another big year. Our work with Council in urging them to become more engaged with our community on sustainability issues, to make ours a truly transition region, is an example. We will again be wearing out shoe leather with a Solar Citizens post card campaign. There are tremendous opportunities in the transition to clean energy. Not only is it inevitable, it may still be able to secure a barely-safe climate, and will create new jobs and modernise the economy. The support is there - 76% of swinging voters are concerned about climate change.
We are there - our membership is our strength. We must remain active - activism is the rent we pay for living on Mother Earth. I wish you all a very happy and peaceful Christmas and New Year, and I look forward to seeing you again soon.
President, CCA Hastings