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I posted this to the Climate Change Authority in Australia today - just before deadline, which is today...

“Dear Climate Change Authority,

Thank you for doing this extremely important work and for allowing us to comment on the Draft Report of your Targets and Progress Review.

Along with the majority of Australians I and my family would like to see much stronger action on climate change than what the current government has proposed. 

Sydney has set a target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 70 percent (below 2006-levels) by 2030. London’s target is 60 percent cuts by 2025, by which year Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, intends to have become the first carbon neutral capital in the world. 

Australia as a nation need to set an example to the world and lead the way with a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions at this kind of rate.

The American climate scientist and activist James Hansen pinpointed our current problem with our elected leaders when he explained that, “people profiting from business-as-usual fossil fuel use are waging a campaign to discredit the science. Their campaign is effective because the profiteers have learned how to manipulate democracies for their advantage.”

The age of these “fossil dinosaurs” has got to be over now. The stakes are high, and more and more Australians are prepared to take action on climate change. 

The majority of Australians support to stronger action has continually been reaffirmed in polls and research, including ABC's Vote Compass that showed that 61 percent of Australians believe the government should do more to tackle climate change, and a Fairfax-Nielsen poll of 1,400 voters, released 25 November 2013, which showed that 87 percent of Australians want to see Australia take stronger action on climate change than the target being proposed by the Coalition.  

Emissions must be reduced to zero by 2050 at the very latest. The Climate Authority should make this explicit in its recommendations to the Australian Government.

As such, the government’s proposal to reduce emissions by 5 percent or less by 2020 compared with 2000 levels is absolutely ridiculous – and dangerous. I recommend that the Climate Change Authority adopt a 25 percent emission reduction target by 2020 as a minimum short-term target. 

The latest report from the IPCC, released in September 2013, tells us that currently we are on the wrong track, heading for a 4 to 6°C degrees warmer world with catastrophic consequences to life on this planet. 

The IPCC report made clear, yet again, that the world is warming rapidly, humans are the primary cause, and very substantial action is immediately required. 

In particular, the IPCC report found that a hotter climate is already increasing the frequency and severity of many extreme weather events, and is changing rainfall patterns, creating risks for human well being, the global economy and the environment.

Australia is on track for its warmest ever year, according to a recent study, which showed that the past 12 months have been 0.22°C warmer than any other equivalent period prior to 2013. 

This is of great concern to us, and it is very worrying to observe that the government – solely because of its ties to a rich and powerful fossil fuel industry – is not taking this threat seriously at all. 

It is clear that the risks of a +2°C world for Australia are significant, putting Australians, our natural environment and key industries, like agriculture, at risk. Climate change represents by far the greatest threat to Australia's future economic prosperity.

Unlike the Australian government, I am not prepared to take that kind of risks with the future and prosperity of my children, grandchildren and coming generations. If we don't find a way to tackle this problem, then anything else we might be doing and aiming for to improve our lives and protect our families’ health and livelihood, to create jobs and prosperity in our society, will turn out to be a complete waste of time, money and energy. 

This is also about restoring Australia's role as a respectable playing in the international community – as a country of wise, responsible, caring and civilized people with a good heart and love for our children. 

In short: Australia needs an ambitious plan to cut carbon emissions – not some time in a distant future, but starting now, with strong action, including lots of policy and taxation changes, so that we begin heading for a 70-80 percent cut in carbon emissions within the next two decades.

Sincerely yours,
Mik Aidt
Geelong - www.climatesafety.info ”

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Next week, ‘24 Hours of Reality: The Cost of Carbon’ will be the world’s largest conversation on carbon pollution with millions taking part worldwide. 

We will broadcast ‘The Australian Hour’ on at large screen at Beav's on Wednesday 23 October at 9:30am.  

So if you live in or near Geelong, we hope you don’t want to miss out. 

Note: There will also be an event in Torquay, and three in Melbourne, as well as all around the world.

Free entry. Bring food to share.

Wednesday 23 October at 9:30 to 11:30
77 Lt Malop Street, Geelong

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In its third year, the broadcast ‘24 Hours of Reality: The Cost of Carbon’ will travel around the globe exploring the incalculable cost of carbon pollution – and exploring one big solution.

The broadcast will focus on the six most inhabited continents: Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, South America and North America. Each continent will focus on individual stories and climate issues from that region.

In Australia, the focus will turn to the impact of climate change on human health, including extreme heat, the spread of infectious disease, food and water-borne illnesses, worsening air pollution and extreme weather.

You’ll hear a special address from the Climate Reality Project founder Al Gore discussing the way forward and a global call to action.

Video trailer:
24 Hours of Reality - The Cost of Carbon

More info:
http://24hoursofreality.org

Programme of the 24 hours:
http://climaterealityproject.org/2013-24-hours-of-reality-schedule/

Updates:
On www.facebook.com/fossilfuelfreefuture and www.climatesafety.info


 
On Monday, October 21, The Climate Reality Project will kick off the largest-ever conversation on carbon pollution with a Google+ Hangout featuring former U.S. Vice President and Climate Reality Chairman Al Gore, singer-songwriter Jason Mraz, Mashable, and Do Something. The Hangout brings together these leading voices working at the intersection of climate vision, technology, and activism to explore what the climate crisis means for young people today and what the next generation of social entrepreneurs and innovators are doing to solve it.

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On Monday, October 21, The Climate Reality Project will kick off the largest-ever conversation on carbon pollution with a Google+ Hangout featuring former U.S. Vice President and Climate Reality Chairman Al Gore, singer-songwriter Jason Mraz, Mashable, and Do Something. The Hangout brings together these leading voices working at the intersection of climate vision, technology, and activism to explore what the climate crisis means for young people today and what the next generation of social entrepreneurs and innovators are doing to solve it.

End the Age of Coal. If you think we need to act on this, and that time is up for some civil disobedience, then you should know that Greenpeace has stepped into that game now, and you can show them your support by signing this petition. They are hoping for 10,000 signatures. As of now, they just have a few hundred. http://www.greenpeace.org.au/action/?cid=39&src=FB1

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Share this trailer - se og videresend denne 2-minutters trailer

Fakta: Sådan som verden ser ud i dag, er den eneste måde, vi kan forsøge at begrænse den globale klima-katastrofe, som vil ramme vores børn og børnebørn, ved at danne en folkelig bevægelse, der skaber forandringer og pres nedefra. Der ER ikke andre veje. Ingen politiske beslutningstagere vil gøre arbejdet for os, med mindre et flertal i befolkningen lægger pres på dem. Og derfor starter din indsats her. Se og videresend denne 2-minutters trailer. 

Og tænk så over, hvad du dernæst vil gøre. Her er nogle ideer til en start: http://climatesafety.info/?page_id=14

Om traileren:
‘Do the Math’ is being screened at house-parties and screenings across America on April 21st. At 42 minutes, it tells the story of the rising movement to change the terrifying math of the climate crisis and fight the fossil fuel industry.
Do the Math - The Movie | Official Trailer

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In an hour, European politicians will vote on whether a common European approach to reducing industrial CO2 emissions should have a future or not. On the occasion, here's my personal attempt to write a "wake-up call" to the three Danish parliamentarians, who allegedly are confused and listen to forces of the industry which thinks it's perfectly fine to continue pulsing carbon into the atmosphere - and also for Danish companies, for European public service broadcasters, and yes, to all Europe's industry and media - Listen Up!
http://mik.aidt.co/?p=1861

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Vær med til at skrive under på et brev til DR og TV2:
Prioritér klimaforandringerne

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/abent-brev-til-dr-og-tv2-i-ma-gore-mere-ud-af/

...og videresend tekst-stafetten her til alle du kender

“Som dækningen af dette livsvigtige spørgsmål har været i DR og TV2 så længe jeg husker, har den været direkte vildledende. Der er tale om en forbrydelse mod menneskeheden og demokratiet. Det må der ufortøvet rettes op på.” 

Sådan skrev Niels-Holger Nielsen, da han den 3. april som underskriver nummer 222 skrev under på et brev til DR og TV2, der beder dem om at gøre et bedre journalistisk arbejde og dække klimaforandringerne bedre og langt oftere end hidtil. 

“Dette er faktisk vigtigere end alt andet!” skrev Irene Nielsen den 30. marts.

“For børnenes skyld,” skrev Jette Krebs Pedersen den 3. april. 

“På globalt niveau er der politisk enighed om den enorme vigtighed af at takle klimaforandringer, global opvarmning og ressource-krisen, hvis eksistenser er bredt dokumenterede. Og Danmark ønsker at stå i spidsen for promovering af bæredygtighed. Men det er en naiv forestilling, at medie-dækning ikke spiller en rolle i den målsætning. Uden dækning af emnet gennem public service kanaler, kommer meget oplysning ikke frem til almindelige mennesker. Og uden viden rykker handling sig ikke! Prioriter det, der virkelig kræver fokus!” skrev Charlotte Gloerfelt-Tarp den 2. april.

“Kom nu lidt ind i kampen!” opfordrede Morten Rasmussen DR og TV2 til den 31. marts. 

Underskriverne af brevet til DR og TV2 beder i fællesskab om, at de borger-finansierede medier, vores såkaldte public service broadcastere, i langt højere grad sørger for at give os, befokningen, en professionel, journalistisk dækning af klima-stoffet, der er i overensstemmelse med, hvor vigtigt det er at få behandlet og afdækket disse spørgsmål. Fordi det er intet mindre end altafgørende for Danmarks fremtid.

De minder om, at public service aftalerne bekriver de to mediehuses særlige ansvar og pligt i krisesitutationer som nationale informationskanaler, der skal værne om befolkningens sikkerhed.

Krisesituation? Ja. Krisesituation med udråbstegn. Den værste og mest komplicerede krise, Danmark har stået overfor nogensinde. Den amerikanske klimaforsker James Hansen siger direkte, at vi burde erklære verden i undtagelsestilstand. Nu.  

Derfor indsamler vi underskrifter. Vi har rundet de første 275. Der er brug for mange flere. Videresend derfor gerne denne e-mail eller dette link til alle, du kender.

Underskriftsindsamling: Åbent brev til DR og TV2: Prioritér klimaforandringerne
http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/abent-brev-til-dr-og-tv2-i-ma-gore-mere-ud-af/



• Underskriftsindsamlingen har en Facebook-side, hvor du også kan se flere kommentarer - på: www.facebook.com/klimaforandring

• En engelsk version af teksten findes på http://mik.aidt.co
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