Graph by Ed Hawkins www.climate-lab-book.ac.uk
Why the Urgency?
Australia's Threatened Species Commissioner Greg Andrews recently said, "Australia is in the midst of an extinction crisis". US President Obama stated that "No challenge poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change". By 2005, there were 192 signatories to Kyoto protocol. Clearly, world authorities understand the dire threat posed by climate change.
Earlier this year another 49 species were added to the list of endangered species in Australia. Climate change threatens our ecosystems, threatened species, wildlife and our children. A report in Nature suggests that it is already too late to stop climate change in the short-term, so we need to start taking more effective steps to address climate change right now.
Talk about climate change with your family, friends and workmates. It needs to be something in the front-of-mind. Talk to your local politicians and ask what they are doing about it. Have a look at a short list of issues that we think are indicative of whether or not a political party has a genuine commitment.
Whatever you do don't look away and hope things will somehow get better. It is up to each one of us to make it happen.