A public forum to discuss the impacts of smoke, heat and health in a changing climate is on February 27.
Climate Change Australia - Hastings branch is hosting the event.
Guest speakers include, University of NSW's professor of climate change and earth science, professor Chris Turney, psychiatrist Dr Brian Parsonsage and GP Dr Sarah Mollard.
A branch spokesperson said the event was designed to discuss the impacts of the drought and the recent bushfires.
"The pristine paradise on the Mid-North Coast has been severely impacted by a summer of fire, smoke and drought," the spokesperson said.
"In the wake of this experience we reflect on the contributing factors, physical and mental health impacts and lessons learnt to build a more resilient community.
"The event includes the presentations from our health and climate experts followed by a Q&A session to address the community's concerns.
According to his website, professor Turney recently completed Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow and Professor of Climate Change and Earth Science at the University of New South Wales.
"Working across the globe, Chris is extending historic records back to 130,000 years ago to improve projections of future climatic and environmental change," the website said.
"As part of this work, Chris set up and co-ordinates the international Earth's Past Future Project.
"He is UNSW node Director and Climate Theme Leader of the new Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodoversity and Heritage (CABAH) and is a member of the International radiocarbon Calibration group (IntCal).
"In UNSW, he is co-director of the Palaeontology, Geobiology and Earth Archives Research (PANGEA) Centre and is also a member of the Climate Change Research Centre (CCRC).
"Chris co-ordinates and teaches on GEOS3761 'Environmental Change'."
Professor Turney has published more than 170 research papers,
The public forum is on Thursday February 27, 6pm until 8pm, CWA, Horton Street Port Macquarie.
It is a gold coin donation entry.
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