For many years the Bournda Environmental Education Centre located near Merimbula on the Sapphire Coast of NSW has been hosting a dinner to recognise World Environment Day and invite an engaging and informative speaker to address an environmental issue facing our world. To mark 38 years of the Centre’s annual World Environment Day dinner, this year’s organisers are thrilled to welcome Professor Lesley Hughes as their distinguished guest.
Professor Hughes is an ecologist in the Department of Biological Sciences at Macquarie University and an expert on the impacts of climate change on species and ecosystems. She is the co-convenor of the Terrestrial Biodiversity Adaptation Research Network, Chair of the Tasmanian Climate Action Council and a member of Climate Scientists Australia and the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists.
As a Councillor with the Climate Council of Australia she provides an independent and reliable source of information on climate change science to the Australian public. Professor Hughes was also a member of the Expert Advisory Group on Climate Change and Biodiversity for the Australian Greenhouse Office and the Department of Climate Change, and a lead author for the UN’s IPCC Fourth and Fifth Assessment Reports. Her research has been published extensively in peer-reviewed journals and she was the recipient of the 2014 Australian Government Eureka Prize for Promoting Understanding of Australian Science Research.
The United Nations theme for World Environment Day 2015 is: Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care. Living within planetary ecological boundaries is the most promising strategy for ensuring a healthy future. Living sustainably is about doing more and better with less. We are looking forward to Professor Hughes’ reflections on this theme and hope that all those with an interest in the environment who live on the Far South Coast will join us
When: 6pm, Friday June 5th
Where: Bega Showground Pavilion
The event is a fundraiser for the Tanja Hall and the meal for the evening will be prepared by the Tanja Hall committee. Tickets can be purchased from Candelo Books in Bega with a cash sale or through the Bournda Environmental Education Centre, phone 6494 5009.
About the author
Doug Record is Principal of Bournda Environmental Education Centre, a member of the Far South Coast Science Hub.