Due to our modern societies large use of fossil fuels that release carbon dioxide into the atmosphere; global and regional climates have altered, impacting our environments, communities and economy. We must learn to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for warmer temperatures that have been evident in the last 50 years due to human activities.
Climate Change is a global issue that has created heated debate within electoral campaigns and the news. We must work together at local, national and global scales to ensure the global challenge is controlled and acknowledged as a top agenda.
‘For all the immediate challenges that we gather to address this week- terrorism, instability, inequality, disease- there’s one issue that will define the contours of this century more dramatically than any other, and that is the urgent and growing threat of a changing climate’- Obama
It is recognised in the above statement that our world has global wars and problems that impact us all individually as nations. However, global warming is something that effects the world as a whole and is the most important challenge that has to be addressed.
Earth Hour is a worldwide movement organised by WWF that started in Sydney, 2007 where an allocated date for each country is set and individuals can get involved by switching off all lights and electricity use for an hour. This allows an ‘interconnected global community to share the opportunities and challenges of creating a sustainable world’.
Dreher, T 2014, Global Crises, Global News: Pacific Calling Partnership, BCM111 Lecture, University of Wollongong, delivered 8 October 2014