As the federal election nears, a groundswell of coastal communities are banding together to advocate for climate action.
On Sunday, May 8, ‘Carpark Cinema & Climate Convos’ heads to Byron Bay/Bundjalung Country, NSW. The family-friendly event series is hosted by charities Surfers for Climate and Surfrider Foundation Australia, and supported by Patagonia.
A Fossil Free Surf Session where event-goers can check-out low impact boards will take place at Belongil Beach from 3pm onwards. Following this, the main event will kick-off at 4:30pm at Stone & Wood Brewing Co., 100 Centennial Cct, Byron Bay/ Bundjalung Country. Welcome to Country and Sea Country Chats with Arakwal Bumberbin Bundjalung woman Delta Kay, will follow a live set from singer-songwriter Billy Otto from 4:30pm.
The line-up of films will include the modern classic ‘Church of the Open Sky’ by local lensman Nathan Oldfield, Patagonia’s surf activism documentary ‘Never Town’.
Panel discussion, ‘The Floods and What We Do Next’, will be moderated by director/actor and Surfers For Climate ambassador Simon Baker and feature: the acclaimed author of ‘How to Talk About Climate Change in a Way that Makes a Difference’ Dr Rebecca Huntley; author, climate advocate and Director of Farmers for Climate Action Anna Rose; co-founder of Lismore Helping Hands, an organisation set up after the 2017 floods and now known as Resilient Lismore, Maddy Braddon; key organiser of national Indigenous newspaper Koori Mail Ella Bancroft; and Tom Wolff, Founder of Revive Northern Rivers.
The second panel for the evening ‘Solutions to the Climate Crisis’ will be moderated by Patagonia Surf Ambassador Lauren Hill, and feature: Tim Silverwood of Ocean Impact Org, Sam Elsom of Sea Forest, Charlotte Connell from tech incubator Climate Salad, Tom Stapleton of Make Your Mark Super, and Helena Norberg-Hodge, author of Ancient Futures and founder of international non-profit Local Futures.
This is a ticketed event and numbers are limited – please purchase tickets to the event ($10* donation going to Surfers for Climate and Surfrider Foundation Australia) at surfersforclimate.org.au/carpark-cinema *NSW Dine & Discover Vouchers accepted.