Flannery coming to Byron to talk renewable energy

ACCLAIMED scientist, explorer and conservationist Tim Flannery is coming to Byron Bay as the keynote speaker for a symposium on renewable energy.

Co-ordinator Richard Swinton said the aim of the Byron Solar Revolution Symposium was to "update people on what's happening in the shift to renewables, promote local projects and keep the pressure on government".

Tim Flannery
Tim Flannery Sarah Harvey

Panel discussions will include:

  • Mayor Simon Richardson on Byron's plan to become the first zero emissions community in Australia;
  • Simon Clough from Lismore City Council on its community solar project;
  • representatives from Northern Rivers Energy, who are hoping to establish Australia's first community-owned clean energy generator and retailer;
  • and Community Owned Renewable Energy Mullumbimby which is looking at projects to make Mullumbimby a 100% renewable energy community.

There will also be a range of electric cars and other vehicles on display and to trial.

The symposium is at Byron Eco Park, Tyagarah, on Saturday from 2-6pm.

About Tim Flannery

PROFESSOR Tim Flannery is one of Australia's leading writers on climate change.

An internationally acclaimed scientist, explorer and conservationist, Prof Flannery was named Australian of the Year in 2007.

Prof Flannery has held various academic positions including professor at the University of Adelaide, director of the South Australian Museum in Adelaide, principal research scientist at the Australian Museum and visiting chair in Australian studies at Harvard University in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology.

His books include Here on Earth (2010) and The Weather Makers (2005).

SOURCE: http://www.climatecouncil.org.au



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