Wagga and Riverina farmers and community leaders had the opportunity to hear from experts in mental health, climate change and community building at an online forum on Tuesday, 12 May 2020.

The online Farmers for Climate Action Resilience forums presented the latest in climate change science, explore the impacts of climate change that communities are already facing and discuss strategies to help people communities through the next few weeks, months and years.
The forums also provided the community with tools to go out and create the community change they want to see.

Speakers

Dr Rob Gordon

Dr Rob Gordon is a clinical psychologist who has been working in the field of disaster recovery since Ash Wednesday in 1983. He has worked with people and communities after the Port Arthur shooting, the Bali Bombing, Black Saturday and numerous natural disasters throughout Australia and New Zealand. He will speak on the impact of disasters on weakening the social fabric of communities.

Professor Mark Howden

Professor Mark Howden has worked on climate variability, climate change, innovation and adoption issues for over 30 years in partnership with many industry, community and policy groups via both research and science-policy roles. He has been a major contributor to the IPCC since 1991, with roles in the Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth and now Sixth Assessment Reports, sharing the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with other IPCC participants and Al Gore. Mark will bring us up to date on the latest Climate Change outlook and the outlook for future impacts from drought.

Denis Ginnivan

Denis Ginnivan is a grassroots political leader, who is President and a foundation member of Voices for Indi, a community group based in northeast Victoria. He is also co-chair of Totally Renewable Yackandandah.Β Denis will work with the community to explore the type of actions and future directions participants might like to take or strengthen to increase the resilience of their community into the future.

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