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

Climate campaigner Steve Posselt has been commended by the NSW Legislative Assembly for his 1,330 kilometre kayak journey from Ballina to Canberra.

Mr Posselt left Ballina on New Year’s Day and completed his journey in Canberra on 27 February where he handed over a petition with almost 20,000 signatures calling on political leaders to acknowledge and act on climate change.

It was the last leg in an 8000-kilometre kayak journey from Canberra to Paris that he began in 2015.

Ballina Greens MP Tamara Smith paid tribute to Mr Posselt saying his epic journey had raised community understanding of the need for urgent action to curb global warming.

‘Steve’s kayak trip has inspired and informed communities from Ballina and Moruya and political leaders in the halls of Canberra,’ Ms Smith said.

Greens MP Justin Field said the impacts of climate change were being felt right now.

‘Steve has led the way in showing every one of us can and should play a part in addressing the challenges of global warming and moving to a renewable-powered economy,’ Mr Field said.

‘The decisions being made now will determine whether we have a safe and stable climate for current and future generations,’ he said.


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  1. Truely epic and amazing global kayak venture by Steve. Building climate awareness and urging action at every stop. An engineer with dedication, commitment, and passion for the environment – quite a rare beast, but we’re changing that….. Congratulations Steve!


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