We provide open spaces for accessible conversations about environmentalism—whether you are 5 or 105. ClimateForce showcases ideas, resources, and solutions to design a more sustainable future. Our work encourages innovation, changes in consumption habits, and a shared responsibility to protect biodiversity and global ecology.
Working in conjunction with local NGOs, ClimateForce promotes community engagement within the Douglas Shire Region. For example, we have a working relationship with the local First Nations Ranger group, Jabalbina, who participate in a variety of our initiatives to encourage travelers and locals to leave places better than they found them.
Our volunteering and events initiatives include: inspiring behaviour change through local business action, providing opportunities for locals (particularly young people) to conduct a beach clean up, seed collecting, community gardens, waterway monitoring, wildlife caring. and biodiversity surveying.
Through online class webinar events, speaking engagements, and outdoor experiences ClimateForce has engaged thousands of students around the world. Helping tell the story of sustainable development, green careers and the responsibility to care about our environment. Barney Swan shares his story of skiing 1000km to the South Pole on renewable energy. Barney enjoys telling a positive story about climate and environmentalism to young people and teaches. Class engagement activities can include waste and recycling collection, seed planting, and best practice water management sessions.
Tropical ReGen’s core mission is to protect and maintain two foundational symbols of Far North Queensland: Reef and Rainforest. Tropical Regen aims to regenerate a rainforest corridor in the Daintree—the oldest rainforest system in the world (100-180 million years old). Our pilot property is 450 acres (182 hectares) of overgrown farm that borders two pristine biodiverse ecosystems—the rainforest and mangroves. To return the landscape to its original setting, Tropical ReGen will bridge a wildlife corridor between the mangroves and the rainforest.
Once secured, over half a million native trees will be planted on the property resulting in significant carbon abatement. In addition, a valuable ecosystem will develop to protect endangered fauna and fauna of the region including cassowaries, flying foxes and tree kangaroos.
As Australia emerges from recession, green recovery projects should be front and centre. Our core focus is centered around creating high-quality, stable jobs through the protection of natural assets. Tropical ReGen will support regional employment and safe recreational experiences for travellers, students, and employees. The project will create 22 ongoing rural jobs as well as dozens of part time opportunities. Tropical ReGen recognises the history of land-use within Far North Queensland, especially cattle, sugar cane, and banana farming. We have consulted with farmers to ensure that any change in land-use continues to provide livelihoods, respects the historical contribution of agriculture to the region, and protects ecosystems, together, for future generations.
As electric vehicles increase on our roads, there is scope to host the Northernmost electric vehicle charging station in Australia on the tourist drive from Cairns. Tropical ReGen can offer visitors the opportunity to go for a swim, hike, or be a part of an immersive program whilst their EV charges. A visual representation of an off-grid station is provided below (Figure 1). Tropical Regen’s ambition will support the world’s longest electric super highway in a single state, from Brisbane to the Daintree—ranging for more than 1800 km. The charging station will be supplied by a hybrid renewable energy system using PV solar, wind, a state of the art generator, and a bank of lithium batteries. We will showcast what a distributed off-grid charging station can achieve and provide a model that other organisations and companies can replicate.
ClimateForce educates key stakeholders in local communities through storytelling that advances a hopeful and optimistic vision for the planet’s future. But we make it clear that this won’t be realised without action. To facilitate progress, we help businesses and communities to consider their environmental impact and design strategies to reduce it. We share best-practice solutions that have a tangible impact in protecting ecosystems, accelerating green financing, and shifting behavior.
Join us as ClimateForce hosts a leadership and sustainability program in Antarctica from March 24 – April 4, 2022. Departing from the Port of Ushuaia in Southern Patagonia, we will sail across the Drake Passage to the wild frontiers of the Antarctic continent. Working in partnership with seasoned program facilitators, we explore resources, workshops, and actionable solutions that encourage sustainability in businesses and communities. If you are interested in learning more, kindly contact us at [email protected].
Our public education strategy involves informative keynote speeches at corporate events, educational workshops, live-streamed panels, multi-phase school events, festival storytelling, and expo facilitation. Working directly with businesses, local governments, and other NGOs, we help to translate the meaning of carbon reduction commitments (such as net zero) into practical terms that employees, leaders, and clients can understand.
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