The northern rivers will host a sneak preview launch of a major cutting-edge study revealing a path to making all existing buildings carbon efficient.
Beyond Zero Emissions’ lead researcher for the Zero Carbon Australia Buildings Plan, Trent Hawkins, will make the very first presentation next week in Byron Bay.
Local climate activist Sapoty Brook says the report is a crucial element in global steps necessary to minimise future catastrophic climate events.
‘The report shows that gas appliances can be replaced by particular types of electric appliances with a significant efficiency improvement’, he says.
‘Hundreds of volunteers around Australia are waiting to be trained to make the presentation to their local communities.’
Sapoty says that the average person in the street will be able to understand the significance of both the study itself and information it will deliver and that the slide presentation will be refined over the next few months to make its messages very clear to everyone.
He also says the ideas will be achievable in an average household. ‘I believe they will be over time. Economies of scale will improve just like they have for solar panels.’
Sapoty says, ‘there is no statement so inspiring as a living example – it’s up to us to start implementing carbon-efficient practices’.
He adds that our community and our country can choose to light the way. It is as important for our children, and theirs.
‘I hope we can get to zero emissions before the big tipping points lock in,’ says Sapoty. ‘Otherwise we will be the creators of a hellish ten-thousand-year tragedy.’
Everyone is welcome to attend the presentation on Tuesday August 6 at the Regional Sport and Cultural Complex in Byron Bay. Doors open at 6pm with soup and snacks provided by Mullumbimby Community Gardens. The presentations start at 7pm. Entry by gold coin donation. Alternatively, ByronBay Multimedia will make the presentations live at www.livestream.com – search for Beyond Zero.