16 June 2023

National climate event comes to the Riverina for the first time

| Shri Gayathirie Rajen
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Riverina Climate Update 2023 will be held at Charles Sturt University for the first time.

Riverina Climate Update 2023 will be held at Charles Sturt University. Photo: Sakorn Sukkasemsakorn.

Wagga Wagga is set to host the first instalment of a national climate gathering exploring how regions are impacted by a changing climate and examining local solutions.

The ANU Institute for Climate, Energy and Disaster Solutions (ICEDS) will stage the Riverina Climate Update 2023 event at Charles Sturt University on 22 June.

“The Riverina region is no stranger to the devastating consequences of climate extremes, and unfortunately, climate change is making these worse,” said ANU’s Professor Mark Howden who is thrilled to be bringing the event to the regions for the first time.

“Preparing for unprecedented climate change impacts requires a whole-of-community response, focusing on risks and opportunities.”

The event will feature policymakers, industry leaders, experts and members of the community and will focus on finding ways to improve Riverina’s climate sustainability.

The first of two sessions will summarise the latest climate research and include a snapshot of the newly released data on how the climate changed in 2022.

The second part will examine ways in which the Riverina can respond to climate change and lay out the critical steps it needs to take in the next five years.

“As Australia’s first certified carbon-neutral university with research expertise in this field, bringing events like the Riverina Climate Update to our regional communities aligns perfectly with our values and purpose,” said CSU sustainability manager Edward Maher.

“Central to the focus of the Gulbali Institute is research that will increase productivity for farmers, improve natural environments, and reduce risk in agricultural and environmental management.”

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Kildare Catholic College is also collaborating on the event after geography teacher Sharon Forwood began the process by contacting ICEDS and enquiring about a short climate course for school students.

“The connection with ICEDS has been empowering for staff and students at Kildare,” Ms Forwood said.

“It has helped us to shift the conversation about climate change from the gloom and doom on social media to a conversation about hope and opportunity.

“As a Catholic community, Pope Francis challenges us to hear and respond to the ‘cry of the earth and the poor’. Our work with ICEDS is helping us see how we can answer the call,” she said.

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Tumut musician Rory Phillips will also share his passion for protecting our climate and will do a live performance of The Truth.

Riverina Climate Update 2023 will be held on Thursday 22 June, from 4 pm to 7:15 pm at the Wal Fife Theatre at Charles Sturt University.

Click here to register for the Riverina Climate Update 2023 event.

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