Climate Change and You forum in Two Rocks

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A forum on climate change in the southwest biodiversity hot spot, which includes Perth’s northern suburbs, will be held in Two Rocks on April 16. Picture: Anita McInnes

RENATA Zelinova from Quinns Rocks Environmental Group will emcee a forum about climate change to be held in Two  Rocks next month.

The forum presented by the Conservation Council of WA invites residents to explore how climate change will affect them.

Biologist and Curtin University professor Kingsley Dixon will be one of the speakers at the forum.

Professor Dixon also holds professorial positions at UWA and Kings Park where he specialises in the conservation and restoration of plants and ecosystems in the southwest Australian biodiversity hot spot, coastal ecosystems and dryland regions of the world.

The 2016 Western Australian scientist of the year said climate change in a fragmented, often highly degraded and biodiverse environment were issues rarely encountered in many other parts of the world.

“For the southwest biodiversity hot spot, climate change at the pace being experienced is and will continue to result in radical shifts in the ability of species to adapt, migrate and survive,’’ he said.

“If we are to ensure a sustained biodiversity then science-driven management and ecological care will be crucial in mapping future management and climate-responses.’’

Dr George Crisp graduated in Medicine in England where he completed general practice training.

He has also spent two years working as a registrar at Royal Perth Hospital in general and emergency medicine before forming a medical practice with colleagues in Shenton Park in 2002.

This practice has endeavoured to become a model “GreenPractice” to highlight the benefits of environmental action to improve health in communities.

Dr Crisp regularly writes for medical magazines and does talks and lectures to the public, medical students and peers on environmental determinants of health – particularly related to the effects of climate change, air pollution and biodiversity loss.
He said climate change had been described as the “greatest challenge to human health in the 21st century” (Lancet 2009).

“Through direct effects from heat and extreme weather events, to compromising essential natural services that support food production and regulate infectious diseases, rapid changes in earth’s climate will have profound and wide ranging adverse health effects,’’ he said.

“It is also notable that most of the actions that we can take to avoid climate change and safeguard biodiversity have significant health benefits.
“Both have been underappreciated by decision makers and not publicised in the general media.

“The fact that our health is at risk from climate change should be the top priority for informing urgent and meaningful action.’’

Artist Angela Rossen paints the plants and animals of the ocean. She also works with scientists, taking their knowledge out to children and their communities and presents workshops and events that celebrate the wonder of nature.

At the forum she will talk about the wonder of nature.
Geographer Renata Zelinova has about 20 years of experience in addressing biodiversity conservation issues in urbanising landscapes, including more than seven years with the Western Australian Local Government Association where she led multidisciplinary teams, which helped local governments to consider biodiversity in their business.

This work has been recognised at the national level for integrating biodiversity into land use planning.

Since moving to Quinns Rocks in the early 90s she has been actively involved in grassroots action for the protection of the environment via the Quinns Rocks Environmental Group.

The forum will be held at the Phil Renkin Recreation Centre in Two Rocks on Tuesday, April 16 from 6.15pm to 8.30pm.

Free tickets available at https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/climate-change-and-you-two-rocks-tickets-57179401128