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People on the Move at the Noosa Longweekend Festival

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The 2008 Noosa Long Weekend Festival program
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The Noosa Long Weekend Festival is a a 10 day festival of theatre, literature, music, dance, film, visual arts, food, and thought-provoking, barrier-breaking forums, that has become recognised as one of Australia’s foremost regional cultural events.... and all in one of the world's most enviable locations!

 

Green Cross Australia is presenting the People on the Move - Dealing with Climate Change forum at the Noosa Long Weekend Festival on 13 July 2008, featuring a panel of cool heads on the hot topic of rising water levels for coastal populations.

 

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As glaciers retreat, Arctic ice shelves shrink and oceans warm, scientists confirm that sea levels are rising. 

 

How should Australia prepare for the permanent displacement of millions from lowlying regions? 

 

Will insurers continue to cover waterfront property?

 

Hotter temperatures, less rainfall and flooding are already impacting on Queensland farmers and their production. 

 

How will they adapt?

 

Join a panel of cool heads - on a hot topic:

 

Green Cross Australia CEO Mara Bun urges us to consider the ‘people dimension’ of climate change and prepare for the future.

 

Science writer Sara Phillips discusses climate change forecasts, including NASA predictions of a five metre rise in sea level.

 

Insurer Fred Cowley assesses the changing nature of risk and outlines the insurance realities for seaside house & boat owners.

 

Prominent QC Julian Burnside explains the current legal framework and social justice strategies affecting the movement of people across international borders.

 

Policy Advisor Drew Wagner, AgForce, suggests measures for government and the community to consider, as Australian farmers’ adapt to changes in climatic conditions.

 

CSIRO director Andrew Ash discusses climate change impact on coastal regions, particularly SE Queensland and its biodiversity.

When:  13 July 2008

Time:  9.30am

Where:  The J

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