Climate change is one of the greatest economic, social, and environmental challenges of our time. Expert scientific evidence (IPCC, 2007) confirms that human activity is altering the climate. This is changing rainfall patterns, reducing water availability in Central Queensland and increasing the frequency of severe weather events such as bushfires and storms.
Amongst other impacts, the effects of warming conditions on the Keppel region reefs are of particular concern as predictions are that coral bleaching will be come an annual event within the next 30-50 years time.
Recently, CCC signed an open letter to Professor Ross Garnaut from 49 climate action and environment advocacy groups.
CCC continues to lobby the State and Federal Governments to reduce emissions targets and to focus less on carbon trading and more on the development of renewables and alternative energies.
CCC applauds the
government's initiative for a National Solar Schools Program which has aims to
see solar panels on the rooftop of every school by 2015. However we would like to see better
However we would like to see betterincentives for urban and residential solar system installation.
We can already see the success of the solar hot water industry in reducing energy expenditure by households. A big plus for solar hot water systems is that over its lifetime it will displace 71.5 tonnes of CO2 which is the typical emission of an electrical system.
How can you help?
Write to your local Federal and State MP's.
Tell them you want Australia and Queensland to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2020.
Go climate neutral by reducing your use of fossil fuels, turning off lights and unnecessary electrical items including items on standby and by converting to solar power if you can.