This month’s guest speaker at Gecko House is Gina Ygoa, an experienced environmental educator at Jacob’s Well Environmental Education Centre. Gina will speak on Wednesday, 27th February, starting at 7pm, doors open at 6.30pm. In October 2012 Gina accompanied Hannah Bishop, a most remarkable 15 year old Brisbane school student to a Teen Leadership Camp hosted by Polar Bears International in Churchill, Manitoba, Canada. Gina will share her wonderful experience and talk about the plight of polar bears and why we should care.
Along with 14 other teenagers, Hannah Bishop became an Arctic Ambassador to inspire us all to do our bit to slow
down or reduce global warming and save not only the polar bears, but the Great Barrier Reef and koalas – in short, the future of all biodiversity! “Save polar bears, save the world!”
Polar bears – magnificent, powerful, gorgeous, predatory, playful,iconic. The Arctic ice is melting faster than anyone predicted making polar bears a vulnerable species. But what do polar bears and the Arctic have to do with us in Australia? Why care about a species and ecosystem so far removed from us? Global warming and climate change affect all of us. It is one planet and we are all in it together. Gina will speak about the work done by Polar Bears International to raise awareness of their plight, student involvement and her adventures in Canada. Gina Ygoa has been a member of Gecko since moving to the Gold Coast in 1996 and she is an environmental educator who helped develop Gecko Ed. Gina has been active in the conservation movement for 35 years and is a member of the volunteer Tarrabora Bush Care group which meets on the second Saturday each month from February to November at Currumbin Estuary. Planting trees and bush regeneration is a great way to do something to reduce greenhouse gas emissions!
Gecko House is at 139 Duringan Street, Currumbin. Doors open 6.30pm, nibbles and refreshments available for a donation.
For more information phone Gecko between 10am-2pm on (07) 5534 1412 or phone Kathleen on 0431 058 084, or go to our website www.gecko.org.au