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October 4, 2022

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Surf films make a splash at Byron Bay Film Festival

Surfing is a central part of Byron Bay’s identity and this year’s surf films are certain to bring the whole community together in a celebration of athleticism, wild seas and sheer joy in our exquisite environment.

Other News

Ocea Curtis takes third place at national qualifier in Merewether

Lennox Head surfer, Ocea Curtis, has finished third in the U/16 girls division of the Grom Search National Qualifier...

Firearm and drug offence charges laid after Coraki vehicle stop

NSW Police say a man has been charged after a firearm and prohibited drugs were seized during a vehicle stop yesterday.

Oliver’s happy hens

‘If you can look after fifty chickens’, Oliver tells me, ‘you might as well look after 500.’ In between...

Interview with Phil Manning

What do blues folk Muddy Waters, Roy Buchanan, Albert Collins, BB King, Albert King, Freddie King, Sonny Terry, Brownie...

Meet Byron’s surf champ, Mark ‘Mono’ Stewart

While Byron attracts surfers of amazing skill, there have only been a few world champions. 

On Save the Koala Day conservationists all agree they disagree with the Minister for Environment

Ahead of today’s Save the Koala Day, NSW Minister for Environment James Griffin yesterday announced that private landholders are being supported to restore 200 hectares of koala habitat in the Northern Rivers.

Mimi Bekhechi, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)

The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) only issues its report every five years, and the latest one has just landed. The results are devastating, but not surprising for anyone who has turned on the news and seen the unprecedented bushfires, heatwaves, droughts, floods, coral bleaching and storms ravaging our planet, which will all continue to intensify in the near term.

Under the 2015 Paris Agreement, nations agreed to hold global warming to well below two, and preferably under 1.5 degrees, compared to pre-industrial levels. The IPCC now says Earth is likely to get close to, or reach, 1.5 degrees in the next decade. We are on track for three degrees of warming that will create catastrophic effects across the planet – more severe weather events, a global refugee crisis, and disastrous impacts on the world economy.

There is little time left to avoid 1.5 degrees of planetary warming. Every fraction of a degree is critical. While governments are slowly and often unwillingly starting to tackle energy policy, UN climate change reports have consistently called for us to do something easy and effective: eat less meat. The IPCC describes plant-based diets as a major opportunity for mitigating and adapting to climate change through reduced methane production and reversing land clearing for grazing or fodder.

Going vegan is the best way each of us can help avoid the looming environmental catastrophe. Additionally, it will improve our health and save billions of animals from wretched lives and agonising deaths.

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