North Queenslanders are already experiencing dangerous heatwaves, coastal flooding and extreme rainfall events, impacting our safety and way of life. Our native wildlife and beautiful places are also under increasing pressure, from climate impacts, pollution, invasive species, unsustainable development and human interference.
Strong local leadership is needed to ensure that people and nature can thrive together in a changing climate.
Ahead of the March 2024 Townsville City Council election, we want to learn about the approaches our Mayoral Candidates will support to address community concerns and position Townsville as a leader in climate action and livability in the tropics.
Join us on Thursday 29 February 2024 at JCU's Education Central to hear from some guest speakers and Townsville City Council's Mayoral Candidates. Doors open at 5pm for mingling and light refreshments before the forum kicks off at 6pm.
This will be a Q&A style forum, with questions collated prior to the event. If you have a question for the candidates, please post it in the comments section below the RSVP button, or email to [email protected].
If you can't make it along in person, please join us online. A zoom link will be sent to RSVPs prior to the event.
This event has been made possible with the support of Groundswell Giving.
1 James Cook Drive
Douglas, QLD 4814
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Join the conversation!
Help us to share and bring to life our vision for Townsville and North Queensland.
What vision do you have for Townsville and North Queensland? How would you like to see our region flourish in coming years?
We started the Climate Conversations project in 2020 to reduce polarisation within our community using empathy and optimism. We will listen and learn from locals to forge a path towards making our region an outstanding example of sustainability. This path will be forged by locals, for locals, and will highlight the strong connection between our community and our wonderful natural assets.
Let's redefine our community spirit and take control of our future!
If you'd like to learn more about some of the concepts behind this project, read this introduction.
To learn more about climate change impacts and recent activities in North Queensland, see our climate change page.
How do we talk about climate change without polarising the conversation? Try David Suzuki's online Climate Conversation Coach for inspiration and ideas!
For any enquiries, please contact Crystal at [email protected].