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The Ballina Knitting Nannas with Kayak 4 Earth's Steve Posselt and a supporter outside the National Party's Ballina election office in Kerr Street prior to Mr Posselt's adventure. Photo supplied
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Kayak adventurer Steve Posselt spent months paddling from Canberra to France to raise awareness about the effects of climate change, and tonight he will share that experience in Ballina.

At a function hosted by Greens MP Tamara Smith, Mr Posselt will recount the months he spent paddling to Paris, showing images from along the way.

His talk will be held at 6pm in the Richmond Room, at 5 Regatta Avenue, next to the Ballina Library.

Mr Smith said it was a pleasure to welcome Mr Posselt back home.

Adventurer Steve Posselt in action on the water. (supplied)
Adventurer Steve Posselt in action on the water. (supplied)

The public has been invited to listen to his “Paddle to Paris” talk and see footage and images of the sights along the way – including going up the Lower Mississippi River in a flood, paddling past the Statue of Liberty and encounters with people, police and bureaucracy.

Mr Posselt said he undertook the journey to draw attention to climate change.

‘I used to be concerned primarily with water engineering but now I believe climate change is the most important thing for our age,’ he said.

‘I am doing this for the sake of my grandkids. I will continue to do whatever I can.’

His other journeys include a seven-month trek from Brisbane to Adelaide  along the length of the Murray-Darling River system, by kayak and on foot, to call attention to water conservation in Australia.

The account of this journey became the book “Cry Me a River”, published in 2009.

Tickets available at the door: $10 for adults, $5 concession and children. Food also available.

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