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Climate Change Forum

posted 12 May 2013, 00:29 by Unknown user


Last night, Saturday 11 May 2013 at the Deloraine Community Complex, we had a rare opportunity to learn about the science and impact of climate change at the Community Climate Change Forum.
There were 3 speakers.  The first speaker was Peter Boyer, a very well known science journalist who has written a climate change column for the Mercury in Hobart for the past 5 years and was one of the first Al Gore trained presenters on climate change issues.  He spoke of the history of climate change over the last 80 million years and the accumulation of scientific studies regarding the ongoing effects we can expect over the next 100 years.
The second speaker was Dr Midj Jones who was, until recently, a senior meteorologist with the Bureau of Meteorology in Tasmania and has become a strong advocate for action on climate change.  She presented records of changes to Tasmanian weather from just 2008 alone, that showed significant and worrying patterns.

One of the interesting things Midj explained is how, because of the weather pattern changes in the future, the west coast of Tasmania will become drier and the east coast will become wetter.

The third speaker was Phil Harrington.  Phil is an economist, policy analyst, strategy advisor, project manager and team leader with 27 years experience in energy businesses, consulting, state government, federal government and international organisations.  Some key appointments included inaugural Senior Executive Manager with the Australia Greenhouse Office, and Division Head at the International Energy Agency in Paris.  He established what is now the Carbon & Energy Team at pitt&sherry in 2008 and manages a 16-person team across the East Coast of Australia.

Phil also showed positive examples of how well the future global energy needs can be resolved with slides of alternative buildings, energy generators, etc. already well established and proving their worth around the world and in Australia.
As an added bonus, Jess Feeheley also talked to the forum.  She is the principal lawyer in the Environmental Defenders Office (Tas) Inc.  She explained her office’s work and contributing to the discussion in her role as the Deputy Chairman of the Tasmanian Climate Action Council and talking to all government departments regarding environmental issues.

 This forum was supported by the Tasmanian Climate Change Office.

If you wish to listen to this very interesting discussion, Meander Valley Community Radio 96.9 FM recorded the forum and will be airing it on Friday 17 May 2013 at 7pm.