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Rising from the ashes – how Bushfire Survivors for Climate Action have seized the moment following bushfires

This month’s networking gathering will focus on how people from communities impacted by severe bushfires have responded with action and determination. There will also be time for discussion and the sharing of ideas.

Both Serena Joyner and Jo Dodds from Bushfire Survivors for Climate Action will present on the their work, including winning an historic court case against the NSW EPA in 2021 arguing it had a duty of care to regulate for greenhouse gas emissions. A second court case challenges the NSW Independent Planning Commission’s approval of the expansion Whitehaven’s Narrabri coal mine (decision pending).

Bushfire Survivors for Climate Action (BSCA) is a nonpartisan grassroots community of bushfire survivors. We amplify the voices of people affected by climate-fuelled bushfires to challenge the social licence of new fossil fuels, and we bring the power of our network of members and spokespeople to influence governments to act faster on climate change.

BREAKING NEWS: Jo Dodds will be joining Serena for this talk!! Watch below how Jo reacted following the historic court win against the EPA

Having experienced the Tathra and District Fire of March 2018 and the campaign fires of “Black Summer”, Jo is determined to use her skills as a communicator and advocate to call for climate action and to help others raise their concerns for community, homes, livelihoods and the environment.

Living in the Blue Mountains with her volunteer firefighter husband Serena has witnessed the impact of loss and threat to her community from bushfires, and seen first hand the impact of climate change on lives and communities. She is a co-founder and former coordinator of Resilient Blue Mountains and is now working as CEO of BSCA. Serena was also a founding member and past president of the Blue Mountains Ukulele Group.

The meeting will be held at the Grand View Hotel, 174 Great Western Hwy, Wentworth Falls NSW 2782.

The meeting starts at 7:00pm and meals are available from 5:30pm. If you wish to have dinner before the meeting, the Grand View has asked if you could please order ahead (phone 4757 1001, menu here) and notify them upon arrival.

To register please click ‘GOING’ above.


3 August, 2023
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM AEST
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Resilient Blue Mountains
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The Grand View Hotel
174 Great Western Hwy
Wentworth Falls, NSW 2782 Australia
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4757 1001
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