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.
The Climate Change for Good Conference held in June 2016 as a partnership between Gecko Environment Council and Griffith University Climate Change Response Program, saw hundreds of SE Qld residents came together to be informed and share ideas around the positive solutions to climate change. Resulting from the conference was the formation of Gecko Climate Action Network – GCAN, where members of the public come together to work on Actions focusing on climate change mitigation.
Click here to be taken to the GCAN page to see what the groups are working on and how you can be involved.