Above: 17-year-old Lachie Nicholls, from the Eurobodalla, organised the Climate Conundrum with lots of support from the community. As part of the meeting there was a 75 minute Q&A session with five panel members including climate scientist Professor Will Steffen. Image courtesy Gillianne Tedder.
17-year-old Lachie Nicholls from St Peter's Anglican College, at Broulee, who organised a meeting about climate change - attended by over three hundred people at the school in the week before the federal election - has a blunt question for politicians.
"In 10 years time I bet I will not be able to get work digging coal - so what is next Mr Politician?"
Lachie and his proud dad Andrew have reached out to thank everyone who supported the successful evening, which was attended by prominent climate scientist Prof. Will Steffen, and Bishop George Browning as well as by local groups and organisations.
In a recent statement Lachie has said,"...we must all speak up and value life on Planet Earth - over and above money, mines and jobs. Heating by more than 2°C will mean more than just storms, severe bush fires and losing the Great Barrier Reef. Tell the politicians they are authorised to lead the nation - this means thinking and acting in the longer term interest...
"Additionally each of us can be heaps smarter about how we use energy, and what we transport systems we choose (for work, for pleasure, for buying stuff), what business we support, where we buy food, and how we minimise wastage in the food use chain.
"The conundrum is a Catch 22, but ignoring it gets even worse."
Lachie says doing nothing is not an option and says by "telling some mates and letting young people know what is going on, we have a better chance of acting and stopping the race against climate change.
"Even things like snorkeling to look at coral, or the sea-life balance - something we love and take for granted so much on the South Coast - all of this is at risk, as is our health, our rainfall, our food production systems, insect life, sea level inundation, storm intensity, the list is endless.
Lachie's dad, Andrew said the evening a few weeks ago was a wonderful community effort. "Lachie even had a group from school that did the pumpkin soup, and another group of young mums offered to do the letter box drop while pushing prams around Broulee, Mossy Point and Tomakin."
He said the atmosphere and community support was "electric with enthusiasm".
For more information about the climate emergency and what you can do head to The Climate Council.