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Council, Please reconsider the Climate Emergency decision....

The Beagle Editor, An open letter to our Councillors Please reconsider the Climate Emergency decision....

You voted recently to reject calling a Climate Emergency.  It's my hope that you made that decision based on lack of understanding of the dire situation we face.  Every day we see more clear evidence, so it's appropriate that we continue to ask Council to review the decision in the light of such new information.  Today is one of those days.  11,000 scientists from 153 different countries have just published a statement in the respected journal Bioscience calling attention to the oncoming disaster.   The statement tells us:

The world’s people face “untold suffering due to the climate crisis” unless there are major transformations to global society, according to a stark warning from more than 11,000 scientists.

“We declare clearly and unequivocally that planet Earth is facing a climate emergency,” it states. “To secure a sustainable future, we must change how we live. [This] entails major transformations in the ways our global society functions and interacts with natural ecosystems.”

There is no time to lose, the scientists say: “The climate crisis has arrived and is accelerating faster than most scientists expected. It is more severe than anticipated, threatening natural ecosystems and the fate of humanity.”

You can read more in the short article in the link below.  As the embedded video explains scientists have identified things that we can do as individuals and communities to lessen the impact of change.  The point of declaring a climate emergency is to assist us all to focus on those things.  Please read the article and reconsider your decision.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/nov/05/climate-crisis-11000-scientists-warn-of-untold-suffering

Thank you for your attention. Terry McGee

Guardian News: The NSW premier, Gladys Berejiklian, has declared a state of emergency as bushfires rage across the state. ‘We know the weather forecast for tomorrow is at catastrophic levels,’ Berejiklian said. The NSW rural fire commissioner, Shane Fitzsimmons, said that level was 'off the conventional scale' and even houses that were designed and built to withstand bushfires would not survive such extreme conditions. ’Catastrophic conditions are where people die’, he said. The declaration of a state of emergency means emergency services have authority to undertake whatever is deemed necessary and to use any resources to save lives

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