The Community Environment Network’s annual forum is an opportunity to check out and join Central Coast environmental community.
The Future is Local is the theme of the 2021 Community Environment Network (CEN) Annual Forum to be held at the Ourimbah Campus of UON on Sunday 21 March 2021.
CEN Chair, Ms Hale Adasal, said the Central Coast has been home to a courageous and resilient environmental community for almost 75 years.
“The Central Coast’s magnificent environment is one of the main reasons why over 350,000 people choose to live here,” Ms Adasal said.
“The Coast is literally home to hundreds of thousands of people who love our beaches, lagoons and wetlands, our bushland and national parks, so it is no surprise that we are approaching the 75th anniversary of an organised local environmental movement in 2022,” she said.
“We know our community cares about global challenges like climate change, threats to biodiversity, and harnessing alternative energy, but those big issues can be daunting if you try to face them in isolation.
“That is why each year we invite CEN members, supporters and the broader community to come together for a day of collaboration, connection and community building.”
The 2021 CEN Forum program is full of opportunities to reconnect after over 12 months of isolation and uncertainty.
Highlights will include panel discussions about what the future holds for today’s youth, renewable energy, the benefits of ecotourism for the local economy and the importance of our wetlands.
Discussions will feature distinguished panelists including:
· CEN Youth representatives;
· Tim Selwyn of Girra Girra Aboriginal Experiences to discuss the potential for cultural and ecotourism to support the local economy;
· Richard Weller on global climate change;
· De Brierly Newton from the Nature Conservation Council; and
· CEN stalwarts John Asquith and Mike Campbell.
The Forum will open at 9:00am for a 9:30am start and the cost is a flat $10. This is a COVID-safe event so advance registrations are essential at https://cen.org.au/events/cen-calendar
“Please come along for the day if you are passionate about the environment and want to belong to a dynamic, supportive and growing local community actively engaged in building the Central Coast’s future environmental resilience,” Ms Adasal said.