The Climate Change for Good Conference was held on the 1st & 2nd July 2016 started a very important conversation on the Gold Coast and we invite you to continue this conversation around positive solutions to climate change with these three simple steps.
- Choose an action that you feel passionate about from the conference outcomes or suggest your own.
- Connect with fellow Actioneers and the Mentor group who will support your efforts.
- Get involved, have fun and learn how we can all make a positive difference to our environment, our health and wellbeing, community, business and the planet.
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You don’t need to be an Academic or expert to lead a successful Action, you simply need the desire to make a difference, the passion to sustain you and the will to take action.”
Current Actions – Get Involved
Recycling Project Plan
The Recycling Project Plan aimed at those difficult to recycle household items by CC4G Actioneer Cate Ware is moving steadily forward and is looking for Gold Coast champions.
You don’t need to commit a great deal of time, and different skill sets and experience would make a valuable contribution, so don’t be shy, have a read of the project plan (here) and contact Cate if you would like to contribute.
Community Lead Climate Action Plan
Dr Jason Byrne Griffith University School of Planning, with the support of Dan Ware Griffith University Coastal Management Unit and Ned Wales Faculty of Society and Design Bond University.
What would a Community Lead Climate Action Plan look like? Jason is passionate to explore this topic and a very popular workshop during the conference showed that there are a large number of community members willing to be involved. Griffith University are lending their support and this Action is likely to gain traction very quickly.
The current planning model isn’t working for community, be it urban planning, environmental, social, energy or waste planning. In the pipeline within this Action is a Hackathon styled community get together where we can ‘hack’ planning and disrupt the current model. Using crowd-sourcing to leverage real change, citizen science and connecting related groups for a bundled and focused outcome. Other projects being considered are a Wiki-like information portal with broad ownership and the potential to connect to the Transition Town movement in the future.
The Gold Coast City Council has been without a Climate Change plan for a number of years and one of the aims of this action is to develop a plan to be considered by Council for the Gold Coast’s future.
‘Eat Your Backyard – Cultivate in any space.’
Gecko and the CC4G Actioneers proudly presents Eat Your Backyard a free community event at the beautiful
Country Paradise Parklands in Nerang. 9.30 am – 3.00 pm Saturday 22nd October.
Showcasing growing edible produce and native plants in any space while promoting urban food resilience, the day also has fun activities for the kids including an Eat your Hat parade. There will be displays on Urban bee keeping and native bees, award winning revegetation examples by Nerang River Keepers, tours of the Nerang Community Gardens, worm farms, composting and aquaculture. Stall holders, demonstrations, delicious food and more.
We are delighted to have Jerry Coleby-Williams of ABC Gardening Australia and Prof Catherine Pickering from Griffith University to deliver engaging talks on creating sustainable urban gardens whilst providing food for ourselves as well as our native wildlife.
Jerry Coleby-Williams is one of Australia’s most well-known, most highly qualified and respected gardening experts. His presentation at the conference was only a brief snippet of all he has to offer and we are keen to have him back so he can share with us the rest of his presentation.
Divestment and Sustainable Investment. Dr Moira Williams, 350.org
Explore the opportunities for commencing an iconic divestment campaign in South East Queensland. This could include connecting people with resources to run their own local divestment campaigns, as well as creating awareness to actively engage people with their personal superannuation, where it is invested and exactly what industries their super is funding. Other options include applying pressure on big investment funds to divest from fossil fuels, and informing them when you leave their fund of the reasons for your divestment.
Establish a Local Food Hub on the Gold Coast. Rob Pekin, Food Connect.
Investigate the formation of a buyers’ club tapping into local farmers and spreading the word to the community about the benefits of local, seasonal and ecological food, direct from your local farmers as well as the promotion of local food producers and farmers markets.
Also looking at a community education programme on supply chains food miles and the true cost of food production, packaging and distribution. Reduce food waste in the community through education on the environmental effects and engaging school students with these initiatives.
Actioneers may also look at creating a network of collaborative groups within our community, sharing and swapping excess produce. Also building food sources in our own gardens/spaces and then moving into the broader community, looking at edible street scapes and public spaces.
The purpose of this project is to investigate the efficiency of a high rise building, and the resources used within the building. The project is based on an existing sustainability model and will propose efficiency measures to transition to a sustainable building and to reduce ongoing body corporate and private owner expenditure.
If you would like to get involved with this project, please contact Gecko member and CC4G Actioneer
Mobile: 0414 382 271
All interested parties are welcome to contribute, collaborate and discuss.
Actions Coming Soon
Have an Action of your own you would like to lead?
We welcome you to share an Action you are currently engaged with or would like to lead in the future. Jump over to our Facebook group and join the conversation.
To read more on the outcomes from the Climate Change for Good Conference and all of the suggested Actions put forward by the conference delegates click here Climate Change for Good – Outcomes