Climate action professor on board for Margaret River movie night

Augusta Margaret River Times
Professor Peter Newman will head to the region next month for a movie night focused on local sustainability actions.
Camera IconProfessor Peter Newman will head to the region next month for a movie night focused on local sustainability actions. Credit: WA News, Mogens Johansen

In the lead-up to next month’s climate action summit, local environment groups are hosting Order of Australia winner Professor Peter Newman for a movie night in Margaret River.

The renowned sustainability academic will feature during a screening of the movie Accelerate on May 10.

Transition Margaret River, the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River and the Margaret River Regional Environment Centre will host the event at the Shire chambers from 5.30pm.

The groups said the night would “emphasise our need to act quickly to reduce our emissions locally and globally”.

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The film is a 30-minute version of the Accelerate Climate Action tour hosted by world-renowned author, environmentalist and 350.org co-founder Bill McKibben.

350.org Australia made the Australia-focused film aimed at empowering people to take real climate action, co-ordinator Tracy Skippings said.

“In the wake of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s urgent new report demanding drastic action to halt global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, the film can show Australians how they can fight for no new future fossil-fuel projects, push for a fast and fair transition to 100 per cent renewable energy, and ensure not a dollar more is spent on dirty energy,” she said.

Professor Newman will address the meeting before the screening.

The academic and Fremantle identity is a John Curtin Distinguished Professor of Sustainability at Curtin University’s Sustainability Policy Institute, and was 2018 WA Scientist of the Year. The night will feature a question-and-answer session, an update on the region’s local energy project, presentations from youth and indigenous representatives, and displays by various local groups outlining initiatives pursued in the region.

The movie is free, but bookings are requested to Ms Skippings on 9757 3301 or transi tionmr@gmail.com.

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