Pacific visitors bring home effects of climate change
Climate Action Newcastle members were proud to organise a dinner reception and tour of Newcastle and Hunter Valley for a delegation of Pacific Island Young Leaders from Tuvalu, Kiribati and Fiji 12-13 June.
The group were participating in the Pacific Calling Partnership program organised by the Edmund Rice Centre which is aimed at strengthening Pacific connections around climate change and to improve the advocacy skills of their young leaders.
The group were interested to see Newcastle's coal loading infrastructure and Hunter Valley mines up close, and to hold some actual pieces of coal in their hands - a first for all. They also saw the CSIRO facility, a large solar farm in Singleton as well as meeting with local activists, politicians. Ex-coal miner Peter Kennedy met the Young Leaders in Singleton and guided the group to see coal mines in operation.
Most importantly the group told us stories of sea-inundation of their homes from global-warming induced sea level rise, and requested that we strengthen our efforts to stop coal mining and exports on their behalf, to reduce the threat of global warming to their island homes.