An exhibition of ideas and activities that could lead to a more sustainable world officially opens this evening in Lismore.
The Making a Sustainable World exhibition is open to all schools and community organisations to display their ideas, art and projects.
Once finished in Lismore, the exhibition will move around the world, and will be shown later this year in London, Madrid and Athens, and next year in China, Japan and France.
Exhibition convenor Andrew Willoughby said the exhibition would encourage global citizens to join together to develop the changes needed to make a safer world.
Mr Willoughby will be speaking at this evening’s official launch.
He will speak about projects from the COP21 UN Climate Change Conference, held in November 2015 in Paris.
‘For example China last year designed a complete global smart grid to power the entire earth with 100 per cent renewable energy by moving electricity between countries, using specially developed ultra-high voltage transmission technology,’ he said.
‘They calculate that the current entire world energy use is only 0.5 per cent of the energy available in sunlight.’
Another speaker, Greens candidate for the next Federal election, Kudra Falla-Ricketts said climate change was the greatest threat facing the world and young people.
‘We need to take serious action on this issue today to protect the earth for the children of tomorrow,’ she said.
‘Making a sustainable world is vital and the most important step is investing in renewable energy, so that we aren’t leaving a devastating mess for the future generations to try and clean up.’
The exhibition, which runs until 25 March, opens this morning but the official launch will take place at 5.30pm in the shop on the corner of Warina Walk Arcade and Molesworth Street, Lismore.