Byron mayor invited to United Nations climate conference

BYRON mayor Simon Richardson has launched a crowd funding campaign to raise money so he can travel to the United Nations climate conference in Paris next month.

Cr Richardson set up the crowd funding page 'Showcasing Byron in Paris' yesterday and had already raised $1370 this morning of his $4000 target.

"As Mayor of Byron Shire, I have been invited to promote the Shire at the United Nations Framework convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Paris, November 30-December 11," Cr Richardson posted.

Byron Shire Mayor Simon Richardson.
Byron Shire Mayor Simon Richardson. Contributed

Cr Richardson said the benefits of being inside the tent at Paris were numerous:

"Showcasing Byron as a leader in this area will bring people to Byron to see what is happening, it will put Byron on the map, and firmly connecting Byron with innovation and sustainability in the eyes of the world's influencers," he posted.

"ZEB showcases the strength, passion and commitment of our community and is something of which to be proud.

"Putting ourselves forward can attract funders from overseas to support zero emissions projects in Byron, including renewable energy, organic farming, re-vegetation projects.

"Having access to confidential conversations allows us to learn best practice initiatives from other shires, cities and regions.

"I have been invited to participate in a confidential dialogue, to spend two hours engaging with leaders from fifteen cities, towns and regions from around the world.

"The Mayor of Vancouver, Canada, Gregor Robertson, has already agreed to lead off this dialogue by sharing his city's recent experience with designing a long-term plan to shift Vancouver to using 100% renewable energy.

"This will be a closed event (not open to media coverage), to encourage free and candid dialogue among participants.

"Being the only Australian local government present, we have strong and regular access to Australian government officials in the climate change field; this will position us perfectly to be at the forefront of funding and trailing of emission reduction projects that flow after an increased emission target that will flow after Paris."

"To donate to Cr Richardson's crowd funding appeal visit https://www.chuffed.org/project/showcasingbyron



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