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Public Invited to Presentation on Climate Change 7 December 2005

    The Department of Local Government and the Environment (the Environment Department) has arranged a presentation on Climate Awareness at the Manx Museum in Douglas at 7.30 p.m. on Wednesday, 14th December, 2005. This presentation will be open to all members of the public and all interested parties are being encouraged to attend.

    The Environment Department has commissioned a study project to assess the impact of climate change for the Island and to look at how we need to start adapting to changes in our climate. Acclimatise, a climate risk management consultancy engaged to carry out the study, will be giving the presentation and available to answer any questions on this important subject.

    Martin Hall, the Department’s Director of Environment, Safety and Health, said,

    “People tend to think that climate change is something in the future that will not impact on them but this presentation will cause them to think again because the effects of climate change are already in evidence and affecting us now.”

    Environment Minister, John Rimington MHK, comments,

    “It is essential that all sectors and activities on the Island are considered as it is inevitable that climate change will impact on all aspects of our lives. It is essential, therefore, that people become involved at any early stage and gain a better understanding of the key issues so that planning can be more effective”.

    Notes for Editors

    Acclimatise is a specialist risk management consultancy working with businesses to help them understand the threats, opportunities and costs of climate variability and climate change. Adapting to inevitable climate change will become a major challenge. The company has a growing reputation as the market leader within this particular area of expertise.

    More information on Acclimatise is available at their website: http://www.acclimatise.uk.com.

    The Environment Department will also be holding a one day Workshop for over 40 invited key stakeholders, representing a wide range of organisations from the public, private and voluntary sectors, the following day.

    For further information please contact:

    Amy Hutchins, Acclimatise

    Telephone: +44 (0) 114 237 8686
    Mobile: +44 (0) 7869 286 918
    Email: a.hutchins@acclimatise.uk.com

    Martin Hall, DLGE

    Telephone: 44 (0) 1624 685 882
    Email: martin.hall@dlge.gov.im

    7th December 2005

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