‘Heads in the Sand’

image source: Northern Beaches Council, Collaroy Beach.

Produced by Jesse Fairweather, Kian Lavender, and Elina Marsh

There is no place quite like the beach, but what happens when the sand starts to slip from under our feet? Once considered a sleepy hideaway with spectacular swells Collaroy-Narrabeen beach has begun crumbling underneath the impacts of anthropogenic climate change over recent years, placing pressure on local governments and communities as they scramble to find ways to prevent further damage to their beachfront and manage increasing coastal erosion and variability. The damage inflicted upon Collaroy-Narrabeen beach serves as an important reminder that we cannot continue bury our heads in the sand and stresses the need for effective environmental and climate change communication and action now more than ever before. Follow along with Jesse Fairweather, Kian Lavender, and Elina Marsh as they speak with Collaroy community members and leading experts in the field and explore how climate change continues to affect one of Australia’s most beloved beaches and what lessons and messages Collaroy presents for other coastal locales and communities across the globe in the face of the climate crisis.

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