In October 2015, Geelong Sustainability organised the inaugural Act on Climate Festival comprising four events over four days, with an attendance of around 745 people. The festival comprised a speakers forum, a market day, a fun run and a film screening.
Over 123 guests attended the opening night of the festival. The Hon. Lisa Neville, Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water presented the opening address and a panel of outstanding keynote speakers were introduced by MC Suzette Jackson, Director of Innate Ecology. The special guest speaker was 14 year old Jack Nyhof.
- Prof David Karoly, Professor of Atmospheric Science, University of Melbourne
- Bob Welsh, Executive Director Sustainability Advisers, and former CEO of VICSuper
- Victoria McKenzie-McHarg, Climate Manager at Australian Conservation Foundation
- Adam Majcher, Engagement Manager at ClimateWorks
- Jack Nyhof, Student at Geelong High School and Founder of Earth People Animals
A range of 38 stallholders exhibited at the Act on Climate Market Day at Steampacket Gardens. The weather was not favourable, being very overcast and threatening rain for the duration and attendance was below expectations. However, the level of interest and quality of market day visitors was very strong.
Run Geelong Team
A small group of five participants took part in the 6km Run Geelong event as the Act on Climate Team. Participants wore their blue Geelong Sustainability t-shirts and banners showing they were participating to raise awareness of Climate Change.
Film Screening - This Changes Everything
The festival film screening was a sell out with 115 peoples attending the movie “This Changes Everything”.
Ticket sales were reasonably strong from the beginning, but with little media attention, the event sold out as a result of two direct emails to the Geelong Sustainability email list. A panel discussion led by event MC Doug Mann, with Cr Andy Richards, Rev Peter Martin and Sam Smith from Future Proofing Geelong, was held after the film and was well received by the audience.