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Transitioning to a just, sustainable society

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“Powerful forces threaten to undermine urgent action on the climate crisis. Can they be defeated?”

That’s the question being asked by EcoNetwork-Port Stephens and Renew Hunter Region Branch ahead of their co-hosted community forum at the Tomaree Community Centre in Salamander Bay next month.

Highly-regarded renewable energy and climate policy researcher at the University of NSW Dr Mark Diesendorf will be the guest presenter from 2pm on Sunday 7 April.

He’ll speak about climate change and how we can transition to a new civilisation that is ecologically sustainable, socially just, healthy and less militarised, with strategies and policies for avoiding the business-as-usual path to disaster.

“Dr Diesendorf is an environmental campaigner and Honorary Associate Professor in Environment and Society at the University of NSW,” EcoNetwork Port Stephens president Iain Watt said.

“We look forward to becoming enlightened about the threats to a sustainable and just society.

“In his recent book, The Path to a Sustainable Future, he says very powerful vested interests have captured most of our decision-makers and influencers, resulting in effective climate action being held back.

“However, there’s room for optimism, as Dr Diesendorf will show in his presentation.”

Renew Hunter Region Branch convenor Ewa Meyer believes now is as good a time as any to discuss such important topics.

“We’re keen to hear from Dr Diesendorf,” she said.

“But, there will also be representatives from local environmental groups who are contributing their time and expertise to save the environment and promote sustainable living in Port Stephens,” she said.

“These include Voice of Wallalong and Woodville, Salamander Bay Recycling Centre, Australian Marine Conservation Society and, of course, the Renew Hunter Region Branch.”

The forum is free and open to the public.

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