He’s a former Port Macquarie resident who is completing the final leg of an epic around the world kayak adventure.
And it’s all in the name of climate change.
During his adventure Steve Posselt has battled, Canberra bushfires, Sydney fires, Hurricane Katrina, Superstorm Sandy, floods in England and droughts in France.
“This is the last leg of my connecting climate chaos journey and it’s taken me around the world,” he said.
“I’ve been doing trips and making presentations on climate change since around 2005 and even included information from Al Gore’s Climate Realty talks too.
“During the connecting climate chaos tour, I’ve attended the Paris climate summit, paddled up the Mississippi River in full flood and encountered floods in England and droughts in France.
“But not even paddling the Mississippi in full flood can compare to leaving this planet in my children and grandchildren in the mess it’s in.
“This trip will complete the world loop and lets me retire.”
Steve is paddling about 12,000 kilometres from his home town of Ballina to Moruya where he will ‘turn right’ and start a 10 day trek to Canberra with his beloved kayak ‘Old Yella’.
Along the way he will continue to collect signatures – the target is 100,000 – for his Climate Emergency Declaration petition.
The petition Posselt will deliver to Canberra asks Parliament to declare a climate emergency and mobilise resources to restore a safe climate. It can be signed at http://climateemergencydeclaration.org/sign
Steve will be giving a talk at the CWA rooms on Friday January 13 from 6pm.
You can read more about Steve and his kayaking campaigning at: http://kayak4earth.com/