5 May 22
On Saturday May 7 "Carpark Cinema & Climate Convos" arrives at Yamba/Yaegl Country, NSW, before heading north on Sunday May 8 to Byron Bay/Bundjalung Country.
This family-friendly event series is hosted by charities Surfers for Climate and Surfrider Foundation Australia, and supported by Patagonia.
A fossil free surf session, where event-goers can check-out low impact boards, will take place at Turners Beach from 3pm and, the main event will kick-off at 4:30pm Flinders Park, (corner of Clarence and Harbour Streets). A Welcome to Country and Sea Country Chats with Yaegl man Mick Laurie, will follow a live set from singer-songwriter Billy Otto, and the drawing of the fundraising raffle - a FCD surfboard with custom artwork by Yaegl woman Aneika Kapeen. Food and drinks will be available from local business Pocket Curries.
Remastered new release of ‘Morning of the Earth’, Alby Falzon and David Elfick’s classic plus Patagonia’s surf activism documentary ‘Never Town’ and Damon Gameau‘s follow-up to 2014, ‘Regenerating Australia’.
‘Solutions to the Climate Crisis’ moderated by Patagonia Sport Activist and surfer Dave Rastovich, featuring: Tim Silverwood of Ocean Impact Org; Sam Elsom of Sea Forest; Charlotte Connell from tech incubator Climate Salad; and Tom Stapleton of Make Your Mark Super.
‘Northern Rivers Resilience’ moderated by author and social researcher Dr Rebecca Huntley, featuring: Coordinator of the Clarence Catchment Alliance Shae Fleming, key organiser of national Indigenous newspaper Koori Mail Ella Bancroft, Patagonia Sport Activist and Wooloweyah local Dan Ross, CEO of Surfers For Climate Josh Kirkman, and Drew McPherson from Surfrider Foundation.
“The recent flooding in the Northern Rivers is a devastating example of the impact of climate change on local communities and our families,” said Dan Ross. “These floods, fires, and huge climate events are happening across the world. At a time like this, I want to throw my support behind the people and organisations driving positive change, those working on solutions to move away from unsustainable, extractive processes,” added the surfer, activist and new father. “Along with being meaningful, these gatherings are set to be a lot of fun – I can’t wait to watch the remaster of ‘Morning of the Earth’ and also Damon Gameau‘s Regenerating Australia.”
A fossil free surf session will be held at Belongil Beach from 3pm onwards. The main event will kick-off at 4:30pm at Stone & Wood Brewing Co. 100 Centennial Cct. Welcome to Country and Sea Country Chats with Arakwal Bumberbin Bundjalung woman Delta Kay, will follow a live set from singer-songwriter Billy Otto.
The modern classic ‘Church of the Open Sky’ by local lensman Nathan Oldfield, and Patagonia’s surf activism documentary ‘Never Town’.
‘The Floods and What We Do Next’ moderated by director/actor and Surfers For Climate ambassador Simon Baker, featuring: acclaimed author of ‘How to Talk About Climate Change in a Way that Makes a Difference’ Dr Rebecca Huntley; author, climate advocate and Director of Farmers for Climate Action Anna Rose; co-founder of Lismore Helping Hands (formerly Resilient Lismore) Maddy Braddon; key organiser of national Indigenous newspaper Koori Mail Ella Bancroft; and Tom Wolff, Founder of Revive Northern Rivers.
‘Solutions to the Climate Crisis’ moderated by Patagonia Surf Ambassador Lauren Hill, featuring: Tim Silverwood of Ocean Impact Org; Sam Elsom of Sea Forest; Charlotte Connell from tech incubator Climate Salad; Tom Stapleton of Make Your Mark Super; and Helena Norberg-Hodge founder of international non-profit Local Futures.
"Almost 80 per cent of Australians are concerned about the impacts of climate change, but many of us don’t know where to begin, or realise how massive an impact we can have if we organise and strategise as a community,” said Lauren Hill. “I wanted to be part of the ‘Carpark Cinema & Climate Convos’ because we need ample opportunities for community dialogue around regenerative solutions to the climate crisis – especially considering the floods our community recently weathered,” added the surfer, author and mother. “We hope to create the space to amplify the ingenuity of surfing communities; to brainstorm the myriad solutions we can all implement, from grassroots individual actions, right up to influencing policy in the coming election. Plus, who doesn't love a communal surf film screening?"
Yamba/Yaegl Country is a free, all-ages event, though spots are limited please register HERE *In the event of wet weather, the films, panels, music, and catering will be held at the Wooloweyah Community Hall, 83 Lakes Blvd, Wooloweyah, NSW. All venues are wheelchair accessible.
Byron Bay/Bunjalung Country is ticketed ($10 donation* going to Surfers for Climate and Surfrider Foundation Australia), purchase tickets HERE *NSW Dine & Discover Vouchers accepted.
Future events in Kirra/Yugambeh, Sunday, May 15 and Brisbane/Meanjin, Thursday, May 19, will bring together more captivating, localised line-ups - details soon.
- NEWS RELEASE FROM ELLE MURRELL - PATAGONIA