Media Release: Solar City Hosts Climate Change Forum

Karl Hampton

24 October 2010 Solar City Hosts Climate Change Forum

Climate change experts from across the Territory will converge on the Desert Knowledge Precinct in Alice Springs on Monday, for the inaugural NT Climate Change Forum.


Climate change Minister Karl Hampton, who will be opening the event, said the forum will be a vital step in the Territory’s moves to address climate change.


“The Northern Territory Government’s Climate Change Policy was released in December 2009, and contains many ambitious targets to reduce our emissions as a government and as a Territory.


“Some fantastic initiatives have already been introduced or are underway, and I will be presenting our 6 month progress report at the forum.”


The forum will be a carbon neutral event, with a live Audience at the Desert Knowledge Solar Centre in Alice Springs and an online audience tuning in from across the Territory.


Joe Ross, Chairperson of the Indigenous Water Policy Group, will deliver a keynote address on the work of the National Indigenous Climate Change Project and outline its involvement in implementing the Northern Territory Climate Change Policy.

Other Panellists at the forum include:

  • Brian Elmer – General Manager Alice Solar City Project
  • Dr Jocelyn Davies – Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO
  • Rowan Foley – Project manager Conservation Economy, Centrefarm
  • Ruth Apelt and James Cocking – Climate Action Group Convenor,  Arid Lands Environment Centre
  • Peter Whitehead – consultant specialising in fire management in North Australia Savannahs

“This expert panel will discuss the importance of addressing climate change in the Territory, and the unique opportunities we have to reap environmental, cultural and economic benefits from the carbon economy,” Mr Hampton said.


“From the city to the bush, I have seen first-hand how the Territory is embracing renewable energy; it is fitting the event is being held here in Australia’s iconic Solar City, Alice Springs.


“Reducing our carbon footprint is everyone’s responsibility, and I urge Territorians to get online and get involved in this important initiative.”


Contact: Patrick Hastwell 0427 017 803