Climate Action at Ballina

INTERNATIONAL Day of Climate Action kicked off at Missingham Park in Ballina on Saturday with a range of speakers and activities all geared towards halting climate change.

The action rolled on around the globe throughout the day, with a total of 5200 events in 181 countries.

The timing marks 50 days before the United Nations climate summit. Banners bearing the 350 logo represent the figure scientists believe is the maximum parts per million of CO{+2} that the atmosphere can handle.

Local organiser Sue Fielder said the sobering highlight was a speech by Professor of Coastal Management, Rodger Tomlinson, from Griffith University.

“Professor Tomlinson stressed that the rising sea levels weren't as critical as the storms and surges that will occur from weather events before that,” she said.

“There were 15 entries in the youth art competition, which was won by Sam Batson from Mullumbimby.”

“Next week we will be planting 350 trees at Ballina's Angels Beach, in conjunction with Angels Beach Dune Care, to offset carbon emissions from the event.

“It starts at 9am and goes until midday, and we'd love as many people as possible to take part,” Ms Fielder said.



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