Climate change and global warming are the greatest challenges facing humanity and all other living things on our planet. In 2016, 197 countries signed the Paris Agreement with the central aim to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
We are already experiencing the effects of climate change with increased severity of extreme weather events, rising sea levels, increasing drought and changing rainfall patterns, rising temperatures and loss of biodiversity. The solutions are known to us and can be implemented with a strong public voice influencing Government policy, guiding business direction through consumer choice and personal lifestyle choices.
Our aim is to raise awareness in the community of the opportunities that mitigation on climate change offers in keeping us safe and healthy, protecting our unique wildlife and flora, providing new job opportunities and fulfilling our obligation to future generations of being able to live and thrive on a habitable planet. Gecko Campaigners do this through local awareness raising projects, lobbying all levels of government for effective action, special events, and personally through living more sustainable lives.
There are many ways you can help mitigate climate change.
Stay informed. There is a lot of great information available but not all is accurate so as in all research, fact check. Trace the source of the authors information to verify if it is published peer reviewed science, not simply an opinion piece. This helps separate quality scientific work from deliberate misinformation campaigns. We have compiled some of the better sources here.
Work with others to mitigate climate change. The Gold Coast Climate Action Network – GCCAN, is a network of community based climate action groups supporting the narrative around climate change mitigation. The groups are solutions focused and educational through sharing the leading science and practical real world applications from home and around the world. Click here to find out more.
Change what governments are doing. Your local Councillors, Members of Parliament and Ministers are much more accessible than you may realise. We have some tips here for how best to influence them.
Change what you are doing. As consumers we can make big cuts in how much carbon is emitted by making small changes in how we live, and you’ll also feel better about climate change whenever you take action. All actions, however small are positive and provide examples to others so just focus on taking one positive action now and see where it leads. Here are some of the many changes you can make.