Tilba resident attends “Camp Earth Hour” retreat

ON THE REEF: Annette Kennewell at the prestigious Earth Hour climate change retreat at Heron Island on the Great Barrier Reef.

ON THE REEF: Annette Kennewell at the prestigious Earth Hour climate change retreat at Heron Island on the Great Barrier Reef.

TILBA resident Annette Kennewell was selected to represent the South Coast community at a prestigious climate change retreat at Heron Island on the Great Barrier Reef from May 30 to June 1.

The workshop, which brought together current and future community leaders from around Australia was hosted by Earth Hour and builds on the successful “Lights Out for the Reef” campaign from earlier this year.

Organisers say that 31 per cent of Australians participated in Earth Hour 2014, which also included the world first “Lights Out for the Reef” documentary broadcast on Network Ten.

The workshop was the next stage in the roll out of a new look Earth Hour, which will involve year-round community action on climate change, building on the Lights Out moment in March each year.

Annette, who is a science education consultant for sustainability, was one of just 40 community ambassadors selected to attend out of 1100 Earth Hour event organisers from around Australia.

She organised an event attended by 18 people including students celebrating Earth Hour with candles at a local beach.

“I’m delighted to be selected to one of just 40 community ambassadors from around Australia,” she said.

“Climate Change is an issue which impacts us all, and I’m glad to be doing my part and representing the South Coast community.

“We have already heard the positive renewables story about the Tathra community solar farm that will reduce energy costs and reduce local contributions to climate change here on the South Coast.

“The great news is we know how to fix it, we just all need to be doing our part.

“This is the critical decade for action on climate and I’m proud that our community has the potential to show real leadership.”

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