Our mission is to educate the public about climate change that affects our ways of life and to work toward solutions at a grassroots level in Australia and beyond. Please feel free to contact me to schedule an appointment (Melbourne, VIC) or visit the Climate Reality website to get in touch with more leaders in your area. Thank you.
News reports bombard humanity with a dire warning: the planet is heading to a runaway climate breakdown. The good news is there are hundreds of solutions at hand to limit global temperature below 1.5 C.
According to Project Drawdown, stopping food waste and eating plant-rich diet are two of the top 10 climate
Rowena’s new initiative: Climate Action Starts from the Kitchen. Anyone who is involved in gardening, cooking, permaculture, and other sustainability-related matters may get in touch with Rowena.
Climate Reality Community Workshops have ran at the Flemington Farmers Market and the Moonee Valley Festival. The workshops engaged visitors from all walks of life to speak up and share how can they help address climate change in their daily life. The team received overwhelming response and ideas (see coloured sticky posts).
The event has eventually gained the interest of the wider Climate Reality team in Washington DC and we have been asked to contribute to the coming 24-Hours of Climate Reality in early December. A short video will be packaged up and streamed to a global audience.
To set the scene for the video, we have been asked to run another workshop this coming Sunday, 15-Oct at the North Melbourne Spring Festival .
Interested in educating your community about climate change and what they can do to make a difference? Please contact us.
President Donald Trump recently signed an executive order rolling back Obama-era rules aimed at curbing climate change. The president said this would put an end to the “war on coal” and “job-killing regulations”.
The Energy Independence Executive Order suspends more than half a dozen measures enacted by his predecessor, and boosts fossil fuels, BBC reports .
However, as much as Trump and his oil-soaked administration want to make fossil fuels great again, the global clean energy revolution is gaining speed to the point of being unstoppable. Here are a few reasons the renewables revolution will continue without Trump’s blessing.
Josh Marks writes 6 reasons the clean energy revolution doesn’t need Trump’s blessing
Emma Gilchrist of DeSmogBlog also examines 6 Charts That Show Trump Isn’t Stopping the Renewable Energy Revolution Any Time Soon
“It’s at the point of great return. It’s irreversible. There is no stopping this train.”
The battle for renewable energy as an alternative to fossils fuel goes on.
WAYS AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH CHANGED PEOPLES’ LIVES
This month marks the 10-year anniversary of the film’s release, and the Climate Reality Project is celebrating the impact it had in stirring millions of people worldwide to take climate action. People of all ages, from every part of the world, have begun to share how the film impacted them by using #ait10 on social media and commenting on our Facebook page.
So far, the responses on social media have been overwhelming – and incredibly inspiring. See here.
The Paris climate summit held last month sealed a historic agreement among 196 countries to limit greenhouse gas emissions in an effort to keep earth’s temperature below two degrees Celsius.
The agreement is historic as signatories finally acknowledged the reality and threat of climate change. The deal is a positive step that needs to be worked on.
This year — 2016–is the time to keep up the momentum for global action. Climate Reality leaders are available to speak at events organised by educational institutions, businesses, communities, NGOs and other organisations. Feel free to contact me to discuss.
The Climate Reality Project Chair Al Gore greets climate leaders and friends at The Wheelers Centre in Melbourne during his Australian tour in July 2015. Hosted by the Australian Conservation Foundation, Gore thanks supporters and said the movement is winning the fight against climate denial. He also met with state government ministers and senior business figures as part of efforts to build global momentum towards the Paris climate change summit later this year.
The Climate Reality Project (CRP) is launching the Road to Paris, a global campaign that will bring together citizens, business leaders, non-profit organizations, and NGOs to galvanize climate action and encourage participating countries to commit strong carbon emission cuts. The campaign will urged countries to forged commitments at the 21st Conference Of Parties for the United Nations’ Framework Convention on Climate Change in December this year.
Road to Paris would include emissions reductions commitments based on national circumstances, a system of periodic review for these commitments, and a long-term goal of net zero carbon emissions.
It will focus on mobilizing public support from the global community and citizens in eight countries that hold strategic significance for the upcoming negotiations, as a building block for a strong international agreement. Target countries include Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, India, Philippines, South Africa, and the United States. The CRP will also have a programmatic presence in Mexico and Europe.
Former United States Vice President Al Gore, chairman of The CRP, said the UN climate negotiations in December mark a crucial opportunity for the international community to come to a bold, universal agreement to make significant emissions reductions commitments, including a long term goal for zero net carbon emissions.
Geneva, 13 Feb 2015 – A key milestone towards a new, universal agreement on climate change was reached in Geneva following seven days of negotiations by over 190 nations.
Nations concluded the Geneva Climate Change Talks by successfully preparing the negotiating text for the 2015 agreement. The agreement is set to be reached in Paris at the end of 2015 and will come into effect in 2020.
Delegates from 194 countries convened in Geneva to continue work following the Lima Climate Change Conference held in Peru last year, which had produced elements for the negotiating text–known as the Lima Call for Climate Action.
“I am extremely encouraged by the constructive spirit and the speed at which negotiators have worked during the past week,” said Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
“We now have a formal negotiating text, which contains the views and concerns of all countries. The Lima Draft has now been transformed into the negotiating text and enjoys the full ownership of all countries,” she added.
Climate diplomats from over 195 countries have been expected to attend the 20th Conference of Parties (COP20) in Lima, Peru scheduled on Dec 1 – 9 to draft and formalize commitments to cap carbon emission targets which will be sealed in Paris this coming April.
The April conference (COP21) is significant as it could be the last chance for nations to close a deal which will be culminated in Paris towards the end of 2015. Discussions will focus on limiting earth’s temperature below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), a target scientists have said could save humanity from catastrophic global warming.
The forum on Dec 9 expects to generate robust debate and sharing of ideas on technology and solutions that can turn into positive actions to climate-proof the post-2015 development. The event is organised by Climate Action, in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) alongside the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP), the forum generates
Stay tuned for more updates.
Update: Here’s a breakdown of the most significant developments at COP20 , the 20th Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC: highlights from the draft negotiating text; information and assessment of countries’ actions; finance; adaptation and loss and damage; pre-2020 ambition; forests and restoration, and cities.