Dr Matthew Nott - Clean Energy for Eternity

DR MATTHEW Nott had not given climate change much thought until he read Tim Flannery’s The Weather Makers five years ago. Since then, the Bega orthopaedic surgeon has gone on to form the climate action group Clean Energy for Eternity and develop a regional program that is helping community groups across south-east NSW find their own solutions to the problem.

Dr Nott’s first step was organising a ‘human sign’ on Tathra beach to raise awareness of climate change.

“We got 3000 people to the beach to spell out ‘clean energy for eternity’. Not bad for a town with about 1500 people.”

Since then, Dr Nott and his group have organised more than 50 events to raise awareness and money to equip surf life-saving clubs, rural fire stations, churches and schools with solar panels and wind turbines.

The group has also been instrumental in convincing seven local councils to adopt a 50/50 by 2020 target, which