Allan Rees of the group Eurobodalla 350.org, in announcing the upcoming public forum in Moruya on March 3rd, said that Australia has had a shocking and unprecedented summer, extraordinary floods in Queensland, record heat across the country for January, an ongoing drought over much of the country, fish kills in the Darling River and huge bushfires in Tasmania in areas never before burnt.
Mr Rees told the Beagle "We are experiencing climate chaos as a result of the climate change that has already happened with 1 degree of global warming. Even if we can keep global warming to 1.5 degrees, The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report predicts 70-90% of coral reefs would die."
"We must keep global warming below 1.5 degrees as even that rise will have awful consequences.
Our forum will feature renewable energy scientist Dr Mark Diesendorf, the author of Sustainable Energy Solutions for Climate Change"
Mr Rees said "350 Eurobodalla wants a shift to 100% renewable electricity as fast as possible. We advocate for a fair transition that takes care of low income people’s access to electricity at reasonable prices and looks after the coal communities as that source of power is phased out."
"350 Eurobodalla objects to the climate impacts of the forestry industry and the scale of land clearing for development and agriculture. We oppose Eurobodalla Shire Council’s Rural Lands Strategy because of the substantial forest clearing that would result if the NSW Government approves the plan." "The forum will discuss action to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees and how we can affect the NSW elections to accelerate climate action," said Mr Rees 350 Eurobodalla hosts 1.5 degrees forum with Dr Mark Diesendorf Sunday 3 March at 3 pm St Mary’s Performing Arts Hall, Moruya Dr Diesendorf is an Associate Professor at Environmental Studies at the University of NSW. Mark was the founding director of the Institute for Sustainable Futures at the University of Technology, Sydney and has written and presented on the need for action on climate change.
Above: Associate Professor Mark Diesendorf - photo UNSW Research - UNSW Sydney