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The latest in a series of discussion events called Facing Up will feature Tim Hollo, Krysta McMah and Cate McQuillen.

Every month the Regent in Murwillumbah hosts Facing Up is a series of trauma-informed conversations that focus on the social, economic, cultural, political, emotional and spiritual consequences of the ecological crisis. 

In a series of public conversations some of Australia’s leading thinkers consider our place in a rapidly transformed world, and how we might think, feel and act in ways that are grounded, empowering and life-affirming.

This month, we will have a chance to hear from speakers who work to change the system. How does it affect them? How do they deal with it? What do they do about it?

Facing Up: On living in the midst of the climate and ecological crisis will address the major challenges we face and how we might respond to them in life-enhancing ways.

This edition will feature Tim Hollo, Krysta McMah and Cate McQuillen.

Triple trouble

Tim Hollo is an eco-political powerhouse and the executive director of the Green Institute. 

With a focus on eco-political philosophy, practice, and policy, Tim is a true advocate for the rights of nature, universal basic income, and participatory democracy. 

As a Visiting Fellow at the Sydney Environment Institute and the author of Living Democracy: An Ecological Manifesto for the End of the World as We know It, Tim’s insights and expertise are sure to blow your mind! But wait, there’s more! Tim is not just an environmentalist but also a talented musician. He founded Green Music Australia, an organisation dedicated to reducing the environmental impact of the music sector while driving social and cultural change. Stay tuned.

Paragon of community organisation

Krysta McMah is a true paragon of community organisation and climate advocacy. With over six years of experience in community and union organising, she has honed her skills and passion to create significant change.

As an Organiser and Grassroots Mentor at The Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC), Krysta is on the front lines, actively assisting grassroots groups and leaders across Queensland and Regional NSW. 

Her dedication to climate justice, her tireless efforts to mentor emerging leaders, and her ability to mobilize communities for a cause make Krysta a genuine force for change.

The conversation will be MCd by the fabulous Cate McQuillen.

Emmy Award-winner

From Toronto to New York, London to Cannes, this Emmy Award-winning Filmmaker has revolutionised the way industries and communities perceive and embrace long-term behavioural change in our world.

As a storyteller and change maker, Cate inspires us to flip the script on change education. She understands that simply expecting action without a heartfelt connection to the ‘why’ is futile.

As the creator of dirtgirlworld and Get Grubby TV, Cate reaches millions of people through social media every week. She knows firsthand the power of inspiration, hope, and positivity in driving change. She also recognises the importance of authenticity and genuine transparency in a community that craves authenticity amidst a sea of fake reality. 

A change revolution

Cate is at the forefront of a change revolution, uniting citizens and working together for a better way of life. 

In this upcoming discussion, Facing Up will be focusing on a critical question that concerns us all: How do we change the system for planetary survival? 

This conversation isn’t just about incremental changes or isolated solutions – it’s about profound systemic change at all levels – from individual actions to global policies. It’s about reimagining our relationship with nature, redefining our political and economic structures, and reconsidering our social norms in a way that promotes living and planetary health. 

The event will be held at the Regent Theatre, in Murwillumbah, on Wednesday from 6pm.
• Note that it’s a BYO event, although you can also purchase food and beverages on the night. 

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  1. Hey Echo – do you know who is behind the organising of this series of conversations? Cheers from a Lismore shire resident

  2. So you would be cool with my guys turning up to give our opinion? Or is it about how you are going to change our society to suit your goals?


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