Women across the Port Macquarie-Hastings area are being encouraged to take climate action into their own hands.
Founder of 1 Million Women, Natalie Isaacs, will inspire and educate attendees at and evening event in Port Macquarie on Thursday, June 24.
The event will be co-hosted by MidWaste, the NSW Government's Love Food Hate Waste program and the Hastings Business Women's Network (HBWN).
Natalie will share stories of how she has grown a global movement of women and empowered them to act on climate change through the way they live.
"The whole focus of the event will be about food waste and why we need to reduce our food waste. It's also a big part of what we do at 1 Million Women," Natalie said.
"We are powerful as individuals and we should never underestimate that."
Natalie said that out of everything she does at 1 Million Women, getting out and connecting with people about climate action is the most rewarding for her.
"Being able to talk to groups of people across the country about the things that we can do and to really empower and inspire people is such a joyous part of the work that I personally do at 1 Million Women," she said.
"Everything we do at 1 Million Women is about finding the ways to empower women and men to live climate action.
"A little over a decade ago, I was a cosmetics manufacturer and thought climate change was someone else's problem, but I had an epiphany.
"I took ownership of the issue and realised every single thing we do shapes the kind of world we want to live in. One small action by an individual multiplied by millions can change the system."
Climate action, Natalie said, can sometimes be overwhelming for people.
"Cutting food waste is one of the easiest and most powerful things we can all do to fight climate change. If food waste were a country, it would be the third highest emitter of greenhouse gasses behind the US and China," she said.
"People can sometimes feel helpless when looking at the bigger picture of climate change. But when you break it down into what you can do, you become part of the solution."
MidWaste Project Officer Wendy Grant said in NSW, more than a third of the waste we send to landfill is food.
"One in five shopping bags of food ends up in the bin. When we throw food away, we're also wasting the valuable resources that went into growing, producing, transporting, storing and selling the food as well," she said.
"In landfill, food waste generates powerful greenhouse gas emissions contributing to climate change. If we take simple, easy actions to reduce our own food waste, we're making the most the food we buy and helping to reduce climate change."
HBWN President Kelly King said Natalie and 1 Million Women is a terrific example of how personal passion and professional purpose can drive a movement.
"Come along to the event to learn how to build a successful brand, engage and inspire followers and be part of the solution to the biggest challenge facing our generation," she said.
Natalie said she is looking forward to speaking with locals at the event.
"It's the first time I'm getting out talking at an event after Covid and I'm very excited about that," she said.
"It's important to connect with people because climate change is such a serious topic and there is so much we can all do to be optimistic and determined to change."
In Conversation with Natalie Isaacs will be held at the Mercure on June 24 at 5.30pm.
Tickets are $30 and include canapes and a drink on arrival. Bookings are essential at https://www.hbwn.com.au/events.html.
This project is a NSW Government Waste Less Recycle More initiative funded from the waste levy.
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