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Is it not time for all to unite to combat the climate emergency?

The school children’s March 4 Climate managed to garner the headlines for a while but there are still too many adults who accuse the parents as being responsible and claim the children don’t know what it is all about.

Greta Thunberg proves that is far from the case, but surely it is now past time for the adults to take the stage?

Social media makes it clear that there are diverse groups which are all active in campaigns to raise awareness about climate change/global warming, fracking, coal mining, underwater exploration for oil, pollution, out of control emissions of greenhouse gases etc.

This article is addressed to a few of them.

Is it not time for them all to unite?

I presume there are Environment Centres in all states and territories, just as there are EDOs across the country.

GetUp! is a bit on the nose so might need to take a back seat, but the other major organisations already campaigning for action should, IMHO, all join forces in a major and continuing campaign.

We have to counter the arguments that Australia alone will make little impact on the world scene – which totally discounts significant efforts elsewhere which are already bearing fruit.

We have to get on board the growing number of corporations which are already uneasy about the future in the absence of serious efforts to change current practices affecting the climate emergency.

We have to highlight the likely costs associated with future severe and catastrophic weather events, with lives lost, and the associated likelihood that insurance will cease to be available.

We need to emphasise the effects on increasing numbers of displaced people from low lying areas which face inundation.

Many medical groups would be on board, particularly on the grounds of health effects of atmospheric pollution.

Too many governments are only thinking in sound bites and time spans between elections.

Every day which goes by without taking action makes a thoroughly inauspicious outcome more likely.

But I fight a losing battle trying to arouse my own family!

I am also deeply concerned that the USA has a President who believes climate change is a hoax, China is clearly more interested in ruling the world than in saving it and Russia is controlled by a man who is blinkered against all concerns except the need to retain power.

I don’t know, as a single civilian, how best to attack this problem but I am sure there are many among you who do.

I am sure methods would include coordinated demonstration all round the country, mail and email campaigns directed at governments at all levels and possibly strikes, particularly among essential services!

I am not seeking personal glory, but I do hope for action in the immediate future. I have 3 great grandchildren, all under 10 years old!

We have not been helped by the fact that self-interest has resulted in our electing an Australian government which is deaf to all scientific arguments – despite the fact that Exxon and Shell have known the facts for almost 3 decades!!

What action can we jointly take to greatest effect?

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  1. Terence

    Rosemary J36

    Let’s not lose too much sleep!

    CO2 is not a major driver of global temperature.

    Why – A significant number of recent scientific papers show that an increase of carbon dioxide to 560 ppm will only result in a temperature rise of around 1 degree celsius (or even much less), not the 3 or 4 degrees still predicted by the vested interests (who fear losing their lucrative research funding).

    The truth is starting to emerge.

    Paper details:

  2. Joseph Carli

    Pliny the younger describes the eruption of Vesuvius….I suspect the cataclysmic disasters of a climate catastrophe will be no different…and I don’t believe there is enough political fortitude to halt it…

    “We stopped once we were out of town and then some extraordinary and alarming things happened. The carriages we had ordered began to lurch to and fro, although the ground was flat, and we could not keep them still even when we wedged their wheels with stones. Then we saw the sea sucked back, apparently by an earthquake, and many sea creatures were left stranded on the dry sand. From the other direction over the land, a dreadful black cloud was torn by gushing flames and great tounges of fire like much-magnified lightning.
    The cloud sank down soon afterwards and covered the sea, hiding Capri and Capo Misenum from sight. My mother begged me to leave her and escape as best I could, but I took her hand and made her hurry along with me. Ash was already falling by now, but not very thickly. Then I turned around and saw a thick black cloud advancing over the land behind us like a flood. “Let us leave the road while we can still see”, I said, “or we wll be knocked down and trampled by the crowd”. We had hardly sat down to rest when the darkness spread over us. But is was not the darkness of a moonless or cloudy night, but it was just as if the lamps had been put out in a completely closed room.
    We could hear women shrieking, children crying and men shouting. Some were calling for their parents, their children, or their wives, and trying to recognize them by their voices. Some people were so frightened of dying that they actually prayed for death. Many begged for the help of the gods, but even more imagined that there were no gods left and that the last eternal night had fallen on the world. Tere were also those who added to our real perils by inventing fictitious dangers. Some claimed that part of Misenum had collapsed or that another part was on fire. It was untrue, but they could always find somebody to believe them
    A glimmer of light returned, but we took this to be a warning of approaching fire rather than daylight. But the fires stayed some distance away. The darkness came back and ash began to fall again, this time in heavier showers. We had to get up from time to time to shake it off, or we would have been crushed and buried under its weight. I could boast that I never expressed any fear at this time, but I was only kept gping by the consolation that the whole world was perishing with me.”

  3. Frances

    Interesting reading from Dr Tim Ball, “The US can build as many clean-burning coal plants as they want and burn coal pollution free. They don’t have to worry about CO2 because it is not a pollutant and is not causing climate change.”

    Also, Australian publication : Taxing air : Facts & Fallacies about Climate Change by Bob Carter & John Spooner, et al.

  4. David Bruce

    At a recent first aid refresher course, I met an environmental engineering student from a Queensland university with a red logo. The class was asked to write an assignment discussing the issues associated with climate change. I indicated I was a bit of a skeptic on the political science of climate change and we discussed the assignment. With a GPA of 4.8, the student was a high achiever and decided to research the case against man-made climate change in preparing a case for it. The student said the research conducted did NOT support the case for it. The assignment was then written about the findings and submitted. The student received a B+ and when the lecturer was challenged about the mark, the student was told “you picked the wrong side of the argument”!

    If this is what is happening across the board with environmental engineering, no wonder the kids are rallying around the cause!

    We are more at risk of a galactic superwave destroying our planet or our solar system than carbon dioxide doing the same! See this for a better understanding…

    How long before we are told there are too many people breathing out CO2 and we will have to cull the herd to 500 million, not the 9 billion expected by 2050?

  5. Terence

    David Bruce

    We are fortunate to have one courageous and informed world leader who is willing to openly call BS on the AGW racket – The US President.

  6. Keith

    Official figures once again show that Australian emissions are rising.
    “National emission levels2 for the December quarter 2018 increased by 0.8 per cent relative to the previous quarter, on a seasonally adjusted and weather normalised basis, primarily due to increased emissions from LNG for export, diesel consumption across transport, and metal manufacturing.”

  7. Keith


    Tim Ball reckons currently that jet streams are causing climate change. I discovered that on a right wing site which I won’t reference.

    Bob Carter’s work has well and truly been superseded.

    Some interesting comments from Mexico’s new Environment Minister … “Let’s Be Clear, Says Mexico Environment Minister, ‘Parasitic and Predatory Neoliberalism’ to Blame for Climate Crisis
    “Human beings are not responsible for global warming,” said Secretary Víctor Manuel Toledo Manzur, but elite capitalists and industry powerbrokers are.”

    It is suggested that the warning provided by the IPCC is too conservative when taking into account a study completed by Dr James Hansen, that appears true.
    “Today, we are well in breach of the 1°C upper limit. And we have breached this limit at a much lower level of atmospheric CO2 than Hansen thought would be necessary to warm this much—as of May 2018, the monthly average atmospheric CO2 had reached 410ppm (the August measurement puts it at 409ppm.) This is the highest level of CO2 the earth has seen in 800,000 years.”

    “Even in a dream-come-true scenario where we manage to stop all the world’s carbon emissions overnight, the Arctic would inevitably get hotter and hotter. That’s according to a new report by UN Environment, which says the region is already “locked in” to wintertime warming of 4 to 5 degrees C (7.2 to 9 degrees F) over temperatures of the late 1900s.”

    When the Report came out in relation to loss of biodiversity through loss of about a million species, there was no follow up in relation to solutions. The solutions are the antithesis of development at any cost … as the new Mexican Environment Minister says “‘Parasitic and Predatory Neoliberalism’ to Blame for Climate Crisis.”
    .Reverse the expansion of monoculture
    .Restore and protect coastal marine ecosystems
    .Protect fish for real
    .Put Indigenous people in charge
    .Reconsider roads
    .Make life good for everyone

    “Across Alaska, March temperatures averaged 11 degrees Celsius above normal. The deviation was most extreme in the Arctic where, on March 30, thermometers rose almost 22 degrees Celsius above normal to 3 degrees.”
    If you can’t see a planetary size train smash you simply aren’t paying attention.

  8. Terence


    It doesn’t matter if they do increase. CO2 emissions are not the problem.

    The Paris accord will do Australia a lot of economic damage with no improvement in global temperature.

    The US President was right to withdraw.

    Unfortunately the only prime minister who was openly honest about the climate warming hoax was Tony Abbott and he paid dearly.

    The real cost of the Paris Agreement – Tens of millions of people are dying in Africa alone each year because coal fired electricity is withheld from them.

    Be prepared for the AGWGetUp tirade to follow my comment,

  9. Phil

    ‘ Unfortunately the only prime minister who was openly honest about the climate warming hoax was Tony Abbott and he paid dearly.’

    Are you prepared? . Bwaaaahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahashahahahahahahahaha.

    But wait there’s more. Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah.

  10. RosemaryJ36

    Terence – the 1 degree rise in temperature has already been passed.

  11. Keith


    I think you need to re-calibrate your satellites, and update any equipment you might have to analyse ice cores, pollen samples etc.
    Satellite data displays how there is temperature variation between the troposphere and lower stratosphere; in other words greenhouse gases are working exactly as scientists are saying. You are not able to produce any objective data to uphold your view. If you do feel as though you can back up what you have written please produce evidence. Not a tirade, but a request to uphold your point of view.

    Perhaps you can tell me the answer as to why contrarians no longer use use 1998 as a datum point in relation to temperature? I have often asked this question, though no answer has ever been given.

    Pages 2k provides proxies from both Hemispheres for 2,000 years displaying how the arguments from contrarians about the Roman period and Medieval period being as warm, if not warmer, are completely wrong.

  12. Kaye Lee

    I’m not going to bother with those who think CO2 emissions aren’t a problem. The evidence is irrefutable and has been oft quoted. Anyone who is not convinced is not going to be by any more evidence.

    What I find most interesting is, in the latest GHG emissions data just released….

    Australia’s emissions for the year to December 2018 were 0.4 per cent above emissions in 2000.

    Our commitment is for them to be 5% below 2000 emissions by this time next year. Forget the canter, we couldn’t meet that in a runaway breakneck gallop.

  13. guest

    The denier trolls are are out in force today. Note how they all have different explanations about what is causing warming.

    The reason is that the deniers are paid to deny the science – and it does not matter what they say, as long as it is denial, to satisfy the piper who pays them.

    The main point of argument by deniers is the claim that CO2 has no influence on global warming. What they refuse to recognise is that it has been known since about 1820 that CO2 acts like a blanket even at 280ppm (pre-industrial) and has kept the Earth at an average temperature of about 14 degrees C for at least the past 10,000 years.

    As Keith point out, the present CO2 level is about 410ppm.That must men something. And the rate of change in the past 60 years. Not natural at all. It is about human activity, as can be told by carbon isotopes in the atmosphere.

    Even Bob Carter in his book tells us CO2 is a strong greenhouse gas. Ian Plimer contradicts him and says it is not. Why can they not agree?

    You deniers need to take notice of what Keith and others say which is in alignment with the IPCC.

    The kinds of denier trolling exhibited here has been debunked time and time again. See

    So much of troll-talk is fanciful. Take Terence’s claim that: “Tens of millions of of people are dying in Africa alone each year because coal fired electricity is withheld from them.”

    Oh really? Tens of millions? And in Africa alone? And we are to suppose there are millions of other people dying in other parts of the world for lack of coal fired electricity and that this has been happening for centuries. More than weird!

  14. Kaye Lee

    The six stages of denial

    1. CO 2 is not actually increasing.
    2. Even if it is, the increase has no impact on the climate since there is no convincing evidence of warming.
    3. Even if there is warming, it is due to natural causes.
    4. Even if the warming cannot be explained by natural causes, the human impact is small, and the impact of continued greenhouse gas emissions will be minor.
    5. Even if the current and future projected human effects on Earth’s climate are not negligible, the changes are generally going to be good for us.
    6. Whether or not the changes are going to be good for us, humans are very adept at adapting to changes; besides, it’s too late to do anything about it, and/or a technological fix is bound to come along when we really need it.

    I would add number 7. I refuse to adjust my consumption or to pay an extra ten dollars a week on my power bill to save the planet. Stuff the kids.

  15. Kaye Lee

    As for people dying because of no coal, how about the ones dying because of coal?

    Coal is responsible for over 800,000 premature deaths per year globally and many millions more serious and minor illnesses. In China alone, around 670,000 people die prematurely per year as a result of coal-related air pollution. The ‘Coal Kills’ report estimates that in India coal contributes to between 80,000 to 115,000 premature deaths annually. In the United States coal kills around 13,000 people annually, and 23,300 in Europe. The economic costs of the health impacts from coal combustion in Europe are valued at about US$70 billion per year, with 250,600 life years lost.

  16. king1394

    There are many things we can do as individuals and as groups working together. First, recognise that a number of the commenters here are surprisingly ignorant, and count as those people who, plummeting towards the ground from a great height would say, “it’s all right so far.” Even their references are rather inbred.

    I suggest you become active in a local Climate Action Group. There are many of these, some more active than others. Many are working towards creating a circular economy, or promoting low carbon living or simply planting trees (and shrubs and grasses for habitat resilience). The Transition movement has its interesting side, with community gardens and local renewable power being typical actions. Some groups are ‘think global, act local’ in philosophy while others are more focussed on political action and/or community education. Groups grow and change over the years, depending on the enthusiasms of their memberships. You may be able to find the right one for yourself by looking on-line, or on local community noticeboards at the library. If all else fails, look on a Landcare gateway site; you will find that most people who do Landcare are both aware of the reality of the climate crisis and they will know about other environmental action groups in your area.

  17. Phil

    June 6, 2019 at 6:19 pm

    Kaye Lee.

    Droll very droll. The whole science explained by a cartoon. Bwaaaahahahahahaha. Next.

  18. Rossleigh

    Terence, you’re surname wouldn’t be Dunning-Kruger by any chance?

  19. Michael Taylor

    If coal was so good for you, how come Britain has banned the burning of it?

  20. corvus boreus

    So the supporting link posted by Terence (the bloke who praised the honesty of Tony Abbott and the scientific education of Donald Trump) to support his claim that the overwhelming majority of the world’s climate scientists are either totally wrong or deliberately lying, turns out to be a smog-site written by a civil/mechanical engineer who blogs ‘strictly for fun’.
    How surprising.

  21. Zathras

    For those deniers who love to spout the notion that scientists previously predicted an approaching Ice Age, here’s the real story.

    Back in the late sixties a group of climate scientists suggested that the amount of aerosols humans were putting into the atmosphere would eventually overtake and reverse the Greenhouse Effect. (Note they still believed in warming). The reduction in global temperature to bring about an ice age would be around 4%.

    The number who scientists believed it was a possibility was only around 10%. About 30% claimed there was no data to support the theory and the remaining 60% denied it was even a possibility.

    Research of aerosols later confirmed the creation of the hole in the ozone layer. Where were the deniers then? Where was the accusation of faulty science and selective modelling?

    Perhaps they weren’t around because the chemical industry that created the problem also provided the solution so no huge dollars were involved.

    Meanwhile the 911 truthers and the flat-earthers also continue to grow in numbers. People love a good conspiracy, even if it kills them.

  22. Keith


    No Tricks does not do science, it recycles denier points. I’ve followed up on it a number of times. If you are into fake news go to No Tricks. The bloke who runs it (Richards) is not a scientist.

    Your Dilbert cartoon does not take into account the data that scientists use, climate is not just about models, just nonsense put out by deniers.

    In the 1970s scientists working for/ or contracted to fossil fuel interests were providing science which underpinned anthropogenic climate change. Projections were made in relation to temperature and CO2 levels and came up with very accurate results almost 40 years ago.

    Satellite data in relation to troposphere and stratosphere …

    “The warming in the troposphere is what is referred to as “global warming”; the cooling in the stratosphere results in part because the increased trapping of terrestrial radiation in the lower atmosphere by greenhouse gases lessens the Earth’s radiation that makes its way to the upper atmosphere.”

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