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May 18, 2021

Climate Change – Are We Prepared?

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Scientists tell us that the consequences of a changing climate will be higher temperatures, prolonged heatwaves, more intense bushfires, longer and more severe droughts – all of which will have an impact on our health and future water and food security and could lead to civil unrest.

The Rural Fire Service tells us to prepare our properties for bushfire season, to have a plan.

NSW State Emergency Services tell us to have a plan for possible tsunamis and in June 2017 held a local tsunami training exercise in Ballina.

Is any government or government agency urging us to have a plan and prepare for climate change?

Are we prepared to deal with the consequences of climate change? Should we prepare on an individual or community level? Who should lead the way in organising community information sessions, workshops, etc.?

A lot of local councils (Byron and Lismore included) have already declared a climate emergency. Would local councils be interested and brave enough in taking the lead to prepare their communities for what will be a very challenging and different future from the present time we know now?

I encourage you to read an essay written by Catherine Ingram Facing Extinction; but be warned, it does not paint a pretty picture of our future.

We need to have a plan and prepare to deal with the consequences of a changing climate NOW!


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  1. Gabriela, so many adults seem to think Climate
    Change is just a lot of ‘hot air’ or cold air. That
    it just doesn’t exist. They won’t listen to Science
    in spite of the evidence. The politicians are far
    too busy doing deals with coal, gas & nuclear
    cohorts. It’s the students who can’t be bought
    that I worry about the most; they’ll inherit all
    of the foolishness the so-called adults avoided.
    Naturally we need plans in place. Try that one
    on our government – all politicians – & watch to
    see it become illegal.

  2. Seriously !! The climate has been changing for
    Billions of years .. so much paranoia..look the
    Planet’s temperatures have fluctuated within
    1 degree since records began..this is irrefutable
    No scientist can challenge this ..2000 years ago
    Its was 1.5 degrees warmer than the present day Temperatures.. humanity survived ..!

  3. You reckon “no scientist can challenge this” ??
    News flash Barrow – 11,258 scientists from 153 countries just did exactly that in a co-authored paper published yesterday because they’re sick off inaction from all the nonsensical time wasters….surely you read that too? Or what about the report published in October demonstrating Climate Science has now achieved the scientific equivalent of the Holy Grail: the “Six Sigma Gold Standard of Scientific Consensus” being 99.75% of internationally acknowledged scientific experts across a dozen fields of climate-related study. Not your 500 fossil-fuel-funded business people and MDs who wrote to the UN earlier this year proposing business as usual.

    How is it you are the only person who knows better with no explanation for the numerous global catastrophic changes currently underway? Open your eyes. Look what we’ve done to this planet & see if you can think of ways they might be linked. This constant denial drivel is completely insane!

    • The country voted on this climate change nonsense at the last election M. Clarke
      The majority do not believe the eco anxiety
      That people like you and others so believe in
      The only way is to have a royal commission
      On climate change..

  4. So Anton I had a look at your petition….. started in 1998! OMG is that the best you can do?
    It’s not based the latest current understanding. Not modern science. Especially when the chief protagonist and big tobacco scientist Dr Fred Seitz, who died in 2008 proclaims in his opening letter that burning hydrocarbons is good for the atmosphere!! Embarrassingly incompetent. Laughable if not so serious. How many who signed 21 years ago have changed their minds? How have your views changed in 21 years? The world has gotten educated and moved on.

    According to Snopes & Huff Post: Your petition was created by individuals and groups with political motivations, was distributed using misleading tactics, is presented with almost no accountability regarding the authenticity of its signatures, and asks only that you have received an undergraduate degree in any science to sign. 0.1% of signatories are climatologists, 0.4% atmospheric scientists, 1.1% are meteorologists. It was completely discredited as fraud in 2009. Pathetic time waster!


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