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Are you interested in the latests thinking on democracy and how it can cope with future challenges including the current climate crisis? Lyn Carson has written widely on community engagement and public participation and will be the main speaker at tonights Lismore Ngara group Politics in the Pub session along with Jean Renouf. The session will start at 7pm at the Rous Hotel on the corner Keen and Zadoc Street, Lismore.

Addressing deliberative democracy Ms Carson points out that our current system is dominated by short term thinking and partisan spats that is leading to a widening gap between those who govern and those who are governed. When given the authority, time, and information, citizens can take on the tough questions that deal with climate change.

‘As we prepare for the demands ahead, we need to learn together, think together, and decide together in different ways,’ she says.

As both a practitioner and an academic, Jean Renouf has explored ethical approaches to ensuring security. Mr Renouf  was an international aid worker prior to becoming a lecturer in politics and international relations at Southern Cross University.

Ms Carson is a former professor in applied politics at the University of Sydney Business School, currently an honorary professor with the US Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, adjunct professor with the

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  1. Probably not, sea level rise alone is already locked in at a level that will submerge all low lying coastline development and displace millions. Do I need to go on?

    • Where is the water coming from to make the sea rise?
      To make the sea rise 1m you need about 6m of water on all land.

  2. Don’t mean to be rude Keith but I am quoting NASA and they say there is more than enough ice on Antarctica and Greenland for 6M + of SLR.


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