FLUSHED: North Coast Water?s Martin Duyker, (left), and Clarence Valley Council?s Ken Wilson, spruik one of the latest initiat
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Environment slow as issue

By EMMA CORNFORD

ecornford@dailyexaminer.com.au

POLAR opposites were on show in Grafton on Saturday with a climate change expo at Market Square and speedway at the showground.

One of the expo's organisers, Claire Aman, said a small roll-up at the forum was telling of people's attitudes to the environment.

"There were so many people at the speedway ... and I think it shows how apathetic most people are about the environment," she said.

"Climate change is not visible ... so people often don't understand just how much it will affect them because it's not as tangible as a highway going through your property, but it's a bigger issue than even the highway."

Despite the small turnout, the cli- mate change expo contained tens of displays, ranging from an ecological footprint calculator, to information about switching to green energy.

Four guest speakers addressed the forum on a solar-powered PA system, Dr Mary White, Ken Inall, Tony Doherty and Glenn Morris. The speakers touched on issues which included changes to the earth over time, the impact of humans on the environment, the importance of using alternative energy and the significance of grassroots environmental organisations.

"We're going to try and think of smarter ways to reach people about these issues ... because we were really preaching to the converted on the weekend," Ms Aman said.

The group will hold its next meeting on November 22 at the South Grafton Ex-Sevicemen's Club, at 5.30pm.



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