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July 14, 2024

Face up and adjust to the ecological crisis

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An organisation committed to empowering local young people with the skills and knowledge to face climate events, like the 2022 flood, say they know how to provide support. 

Founder of Plan C, (formerly Resilient Byron), has a vision where communities are prepared for adversity.

Dr Jean Renouf says, ‘Part of this work is training community leaders in disaster preparedness’. 

‘Just as important though is confronting the personal and social experiences. 

‘It’s a holistic approach to preparedness, which includes healing from the trauma we’ve already experienced as a result of climate events.’

Clive Hamilton event June 28

Supporting that preparation is Facing Up, a series of trauma-informed conversations that focus on the social, economic, cultural, political, emotional and spiritual consequences of the ecological crisis. 

The next event will see Clive Hamilton and Mandy Nolan take on the psychosocial impacts of climate change.

Esteemed professor of public ethics, Clive Hamilton, will offer insights into the complex issues surrounding the climate crisis, and its impact on our collective wellbeing. 

He will be joined by local comedian Mandy Nolan who will serve as the evening’s MC, injecting her unique blend of warmth, compassion and wit into the proceedings.

The event promises to warm hearts and ignite rich conversations with the help of warm refreshments and a diverse gathering of individuals. 

Dialogue and reflection

Plan C invites the community to join them for an engaging evening of dialogue and reflection.

Facing Up will be held at the Brunswick Picture House on Wednesday June 28 from 6pm. 

Food will be available from 5.30pm, creating time to connect before the conversation unfolds. Please note that the event is suitable for ages 12 and above. 

Tickets are available at https://events.humanitix.com/facing-up-june.

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  1. Holistic approach to preparedness is absolutely great. Weaving the scare of a “climate event” into the story, not so much.

    It is time for people to wake up and recognize the fallacies that are permeating our society. The notion that a localized weather event equates to a global climate event has become incredibly tiresome. The hypocrisy that accompanies this misguided thinking is equally exasperating. We are witnessing the irrational decision to demolish our efficient power generating stations, only to replace them with utterly useless, planet-polluting, intermittent energy sources. These so-called “green” twirly-whirlies fail to generate consistent power even in optimal conditions, and let’s not forget that they are utterly useless when the sun fails to shine. The result? We have gone from enjoying the cheapest power on the planet to having the most exorbitant energy prices in the world. Well done, you deluded and misguided green fanatics.

    It is crucial to confront these absurdities and challenge the prevailing narrative. We must not allow ourselves to be swayed by unfounded beliefs and environmentally destructive solutions. It is imperative to question the feasibility, reliability, and economic impact of replacing our reliable energy sources with ineffective alternatives. We need a rational and balanced approach that considers all aspects, including the affordability of energy, while addressing environmental concerns. The time has come to call out the sheer stupidity that is overtaking our planet and to seek pragmatic solutions that lead to genuine progress and sustainability.

    Victor Wiszniewski

    • Victor, climate science too hard for you as well, as you regurge the daily talking points from The Daily Rupert and Sky stuck in the Dark TV.

      Victor, how is it that when it sin’t raining – an intermittent weather event – that you can turn on your tap at home and Voila, there’s water flowing!
      You never heard of or experienced, ‘storage’, before?

      • I’m not sure what storage you referring to. Water storage is indeed a thing, a good thing at that, when it comes to electricity storage on a larger scale, we are still lacking viable options.

        Regarding my comment, it represents my personal perspective rooted in common sense. I believe that if I were to expose myself to mainstream media brainwashing sessions or rely solely on television and unreliable newspapers, I too could be swayed into becoming a deluded climate alarmist or adopt extreme political ideologies.

        My main concern lies with the relentless fearmongering surrounding the concept of a “climate catastrophe.” Any weather event, regardless of its local nature, is often portrayed as a global climate disaster. This fear-based approach has a detrimental impact, especially on impressionable children and individuals who may have limited understanding of the subject.

        It is crucial to acknowledge that throughout history, our planet has experienced countless weather events and global climate changes. Climate has never been static, and it never will be. Weather, too, is dynamic and constantly evolving. However, the idea of paying a “carbon” tax as a means to appease the weather gods is utterly absurd. Any reputable climatologist would attest to this fact. Yet, scientific perspectives contradicting the prevailing leftist,green narratives are conveniently brushed aside and ignored. It seems that discussing alternative viewpoints is off the table.

        The prevailing narrative seems akin to the tale of an emperor with no clothes, where we are expected to bow down and revere the climate gods. It almost feels as if sacrificing a young virgin would be the next suggested solution. Perhaps that would fix it? Meanwhile, politicians are taking advantage of the situation, their associates are amassing wealth at the expense of the general public, and they are promoting all sorts of questionable “green” energy initiatives, all supposedly for our own benefit. It’s difficult to take this seriously.

        In addition to these concerns, the disposal of many billions of expired solar panels and wind turbines poses a significant, global, environmental challenge. Currently, there is no adequate plan in place for their safe and sustainable disposal.

        In the midst of all these debates, one can only hope that we will be able to afford our next electricity bill.

  2. Funny thing about emergencies, is that they are sudden, and then go away. So you must have redefined the word emergency. It’s a word that IPCC panel members keep asking you not to use.


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