Despite harsh circumstances, together we have achieved some historic wins.

You – the voice of our oceans – have secured the safety of countless marine animals this year. 

Their future is brighter thanks to you.

We’ve created a video highlighting some of the great wins you made possible in 2019.

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Here’s just a few of the wins you made possible.

  • At long last our whales won’t face harpoons this summer! After years of fighting, we finally won the battle against Japan’s lethal whaling program in our Southern Oceans.
  • We passed laws to save the Great Barrier Reef from water pollution! Our new water pollution laws in Queensland will boost coral health, helping our Reef ecosystem to be more resilient in the face of rising sea temperatures.
  • We inspired SA, QLD and the ACT to commit to banning dangerous plastics! The momentum for change is incredible, and it is all thanks to you.We’re going to save our wildlife from choking on plastic.

Watch the video to see more good news!

Every member of the AMCS crew has been blown away by the number of people rising up to save our oceans this year. Whether you sent emails, phoned MPs, donated money, or participated in rallies or events, all of our collective actions have made these wins possible. Thank you.

Your support is going to be crucial in the year ahead.

We are about to enter one of the most critical decades our oceans have ever faced. Australians are feeling the heat of the climate crisis right now. Our turtles, penguins and reef wildlife are on the front line. We must rise to the challenge of protecting them.

Yet despite the challenges we face, I know the future of Australia’s ocean wildlife is brighter thanks to you. 

Stay resolute. Together we truly do have the power to give healthy oceans full of life to our children and grandchildren.

Happy holidays from all of us at AMCS.

Darren Kindleysides
With all the crew at the Australian Marine Conservation Society

The Centre for Interfaith & Cultural Dialogue invites you to a seminar on

Climate Change Pacific IslandsClimate Change and Faith in the Pacific Islands

The seminar is being presented by Dr Patrick Nunn from the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Tuesday 6 Nov
Tea coffee and biscuits will be served.
7 pm start.

Free parking available at N 38

Please RSVP to icd@griffith.edu.au by
October 30.

Speaker Biography: Patrick Nunn is a geographer and climate-change scientist who has been researching in the Pacific Islands region for more than thirty years. He has current projects in the Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu that look at the reasons why most external interventions for climate-change adaptation fail to be either effective or sustained. With others having a long-term involvement with the IPCC, he shared the award of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize; he was Lead Author on the “Sea Level Change” chapter in AR5 and has been appointed Lead Author on the “Small Islands” chapter in AR6. In May 2018, he was awarded the Gold Medal of the Royal Geographical Society of Queensland. He has authored over 250 peer-reviewed publications including several books, such as “Climate, Environment and Society in the Pacific during the Last Millennium” (Elsevier, 2007) and the more popular “Vanished Islands and Hidden Continents of the Pacific” (University of Hawaii Press, 2009). A recent article in The Conversation summarises Patrick’s views on faith-informed adaptation interventions – see https://tinyurl.com/khzm6nl

Dr Brian Adams

Centre for Interfaith and Cultural Dialogueclimate
Griffith University | Nathan Campus | QLD 4111
Multi Faith Centre (N35) Room 1.04
T +61 7 373 57052 | F +61 7 373 57131 | E icd@griffith.edu.au

It’s now an inescapable reality: climate change is here.

This is a turning point, but there’s still time to act. In a month’s time, people in Australia and around the world will demand a Fossil Free future. On every continent we will stand together and say — enough is enough.
As temperatures rise, so do we.

Support #RiseForClimate on September 8. 

350.org has  just released a video on climate impacts people are facing around the world right now. Watch and SHARE it and let’s get people making the links between rising temperatures and extreme weather, climate change, and what they can do.

Share the #RiseForClimate video on Facebook.

The extreme heat experienced around the world over the past few weeks has broken untold records. Lives have been tragically lost in heat waves in Japan and wildfires in Greece1, 2, whilst Ouargla in North Africa reached a staggering 51.3C and unprecedented fires have burned across the Arctic circle3, 4. California has experience the world’s hottest rain ever recorded and is in the grip of the largest and most expensive wildfire the state has ever seen.5, 6

In Australia, we continue to see the devastating impacts of drought and its impact on our farmers and their livestock. Malcolm Turnbull has finally admitted this drought is linked to climate change… even if he’s not going to do anything about it.

But we are. We’re going to Rise and demand more from local leaders all over the world.

Will YOU Rise with us? 

Your support will help us achieve over 30 actions and events around Australia on September 8 calling on decision-makers locally for commitments on climate change.

Here is just  some of what is in store:

  • In Sydney, people will sail through the harbour and call for climate action;
  • In Canberra, a rally with a dinosaur theme demanding the federal government stop putting the ‘coal’ in COALition;
  • In Brisbane the Pacific Island community will hold a festival calling on the Brisbane City Council to divest from fossil fuels and move to #StopAdani;
  • Darwin will focus on the threat of fracking in the Northern Territory;
  • And in Coffs Harbour, watch for the “Big Sun” symbolising a 100% renewables future in front of the Big Banana.

There will be many more!

Climate scientists have been taken aback by the severity of the heatwave we’ve seen these past weeks, but “hothouse earth” is not our destiny – if we act now.7

Bold action on climate change couldn’t be more urgent. But whilst we’re starting to see a shift in climate leadership from national governments — like the Irish government divesting from fossil fuels last month8, the pace is painfully slow.

So that’s why 350 is working with organisations around the world to call on local decision-makers everywhere  to take a lead in building the Fossil Free future we need. Local leaders can do their part to keep fossil fuels in the ground, demand an end to new coal, oil and gas projects like Adani and build a just, 100% renewably-powered future.

They can, and they have to.

Together, let’s Rise for Climate Action!

In solidarity,

Andrew, for the 350 Australia team

References:

1) Japan heatwave: Death toll climbs to 80

2) Extreme heat, wildfires and the cost of climate change

3) It Was Absurdly Hot in North Africa Yesterday

4) There Are Wildfires Burning in the Arctic Circle Amid Sweden’s Record-Breaking Heat Wave

5) Largest wildfire in California history to burn for rest of August

6) World’s hottest rain fell in California, setting new record

7) Terrified by ‘hothouse Earth’? Don’t despair — do something.

8) Irish parliament makes history with vote to divest country fully from fossil fuels