NSW community has its say on climate change

By Staff Writer

Hosted by the Nature Conservation Council of NSW, the Community Climate Summit will give members of the public the opportunity to have their say on climate change policy.

Summit organiser Marnie Kikken said delegates will discuss government responses to climate change before delivering their recommendations to the NSW Government.

“Over the two days summit participants will hear from a range of expert speakers, engage in interactive panel sessions and enter a number of small group deliberations to arrive at a set of recommendations for the NSW Government on how we should respond to climate change,” Kikken said.

“The NSW Government has committed to considering the recommendations in the development of its NSW Climate Change Action Plan, due for release in mid-2009.”

The Deputy Premier and Minister for Climate Change and Environment, Carmel Tebbutt, will officially open the summit tomorrow and receive recommendations at the conclusion of the event.

Summit participants will hear from a range of climate change experts, including NSW Department of Climate Change and Environment (DECC) representatives, academics, environmental consultants and not for profit organisations.

Kikken said deliberative democracy was used to select 90 non-aligned participants from a variety of backgrounds, representing a cross section of the NSW community.

“This means the recommendations of the summit can be considered reflective of the NSW community view,” she said.

“It’s not often people get the opportunity to be part of grassroots, democratic deliberations that will have the ear of the government.”

For more information visit the summit website.

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