It is now widely accepted that human-induced climate change is occurring. Human activity, primarily the burning of fossil fuels, has increased the levels of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and this is causing global average temperatures to increase, and resulting in altered weather patterns.
Temperatures are increasing, rainfall patterns are changing, ocean temperatures are increasing, sea ice is melting and sea levels are rising. More detailed information on climate science can be found in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change link below.
- Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports on climate science
- Predicted climate change impacts on our region -Council’s Local impacts fact sheet.
- An interactive quiz to calculate your Carbon Footprint
- Climate Justice Campaign
What can you do?
- Write to your local state and federal MP asking them to reduce carbon emissions
- Reduce your carbon footprint by:
- choosing sustainable transport such as cycling or buses instead of driving
- buying local foods
- using less electricity
- supporting renewable energy technologies, and;
- reducing the amount of recyclable and non-recyclable waste that you generate.
- Join the Cairns Climate Action Network, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. This group organises regular meetings and events to raise awareness of and encourage action on the issue of climate change.
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