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  • 1. THIS IS MY TRUTH. by Anna TranYear 10 Hurlstone Agricultural High School
  • 2. “We swallow greedily any lie thatflatters us, but we sip only little by little at a truth we find bitter. ” Denis Diderot
  • 3. Here is the truth: the climate’schanging, on a long term basis.changing, on a long term basis.
  • 4. Another truth: it’s destroying our planet. Rapidly. planet. Rapidly.
  • 5. They can talk…
  • 6. …but without action, their words are cheap.
  • 7. Here’s the facts they tell you
  • 8. “ Our climate is changing, largely due to the observedincreases in human produced greenhouse gases... found tobe the primary cause of observed changes in the climatesystem over the 20th century. These changes include increases inglobal average air and ocean temperature, widespreadmelting of snow and ice and rising global sea levels. Theextra heat in the climate system has other impacts, such asaffecting atmospheric and ocean circulation, whichinfluences rainfall and wind patterns...Another seriousimpact... is ocean acidification. Around a quarter of human-produced carbon dioxide is absorbed by the oceans...the . thecarbon dioxide dissolves in sea water it forms a weak carbonic acid,making the ocean more acidic. There are early indications thatsome marine organisms are already being affected byocean acidification. ” –Department of Climate Change and Efficiency Department of Climate Change and Efficiency
  • 9. Here’s the facts they don’t
  • 10. “Coal takes a million years to create” interestingenergyfacts.blogspot.com
  • 11. “The duration period for carbon dioxide moleculesin the atmosphere is somewhere between 100 and 500years...not all carbon dioxide molecules will stay in the atmospherethat long, but on average the duration may be around 200-300 years. ” Argonne National Laboratory
  • 12. “World coal consumption is more than 5.3 billion tons annuallyof which three quarters are used for generating electricity...” interestingenergyfacts.blogspot.com
  • 13. “Coal is mined in more than 100 countries.” interestingenergyfacts.blogspot.com
  • 14. “There is enough coal to last us around 119 years at current ratesof production” World Coal Association
  • 15. “Coal-fired power plants are the largest source of human-generated mercury pollution in the U.S....Mercuryemission...continues to rise...Mercury in mothers’ bloodand breast milk can interfere with the developmentof babies brains and neurological systems and can leadto learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder, problems withcoordination, lowered IQ and even mental retardation ” Coal is Dirty
  • 16. “The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that 12,000 coalminers died from black lung disease between 1992 and2002” Coal is Dirty
  • 17. “Coal mining requires an estimated 70 to 260 million gallons[265 to 984 million litres] of water every day.” Coal is Dirty
  • 18. “Coal is inherently higher-polluting and more carbon-intensive than other energy alternatives” Pew Center on Global Climate Change
  • 19. “Australia is the world’s largest coal exporter. Itexported over 259Mt [259 000 000 tonnes] of hard coal in2009…Australia is also the largest supplier of coking coal,accounting for 54% of world exports. ” World Coal Association
  • 20. “In 2006 The Australian Government gave $175million [of] taxpayer dollars to large coalcompanies...The funds were…for untested and unproventechnologies that are likely to be decades away fromcommercial implementation. These companies are highlyprofitable and quite capable of funding their ownresearch and development without taxpayer’s help. ” About Carbon
  • 21. “Avoiding...the adverse effects of climate change...willgenerate direct benefits for species and habitat conservation,saved lives...limiting future increases in atmospheric CO2...wouldreduce 21st century global warming...effectively avoiding the more Lower stabilisation levels...[of]extreme climate changes.CO2 would reduce future warming even further...ForAustralia…would give natural ecosystems...greater time toadapt to changing environmental conditions, reduce thelikelihood of major adverse consequences foragriculture and forestry, help ensure Australia’spublic health infrastructure can keep pace withemerging health challenges…prudence dictates that GHG[greenhouse gas] mitigation activities be pursued ” CSIRO
  • 22. “However, coal is so inexpensive that one can spendquite a bit on pollution control and still maintaincoal’s competitive position. ” Pew Center on Global Climate Change
  • 23. People we need to think about
  • 24. “…Australia’s annual average temperatures are projectedto increase 0.4–2.0 °C above 1990 levels by...2030...Averageprecipitation..projected to decline further... Australia’scoastlines will experience erosion and inundation froman…increase in global sea level...changes in climate will havediverse implications for Australia’s environment,economy, and public health. The biodiversity, ecosystems,and natural habitats..will be exposed...the Great BarrierReef...has experienced unprecedented rates of coralbleaching...additional warming of only 1 °C is anticipated tocause considerable losses...of species associated with coralcommunities” CSIRO
  • 25. “Australian crop agriculture and forestry…changesin precipitation and, subsequently water management, areparticularly critical factors affecting the future productivityof the Australian landscape. The declines in precipitationprojected over much of Australia will exacerbate existingchallenges to water availability and quality foragriculture as well as for commercial and residentialuses ” CSIRO
  • 26. “Future changes in climate extremes…would degradeAustralian infrastructure and public health…Globallarge-scale singularities, such as…the collapse of the icesheets of West Antarctica or Greenland, would also have importantlong-term implications for Australia’s climate andcoastline ” CSIRO
  • 27. People we forget to think about
  • 28. “...scientists have intensified their studies of…the effects ofclimate change on humans…the world is a veryunequal place...people most at risk from climatechange live in countries that have contributed least to theatmospheric buildup of carbon dioxid...[the] mostvulnerable countries also tend to be the poorest. Andthe countries that face the least harm - and are bestequipped to deal with the harm they do face - tend to be therichest.” New York Times
  • 29. “ ‘The idea was that we were all in this originaltogether, and that was an easier idea to sell,’ said RobertMendelsohn, an economist at Yale University.‘But the research is not supporting that. Were not in ittogether.’ ” New York Times
  • 30. “ ...a bigger factor [as to why developed countries are more resilient] wealth - wealth built at least partly on a century oris theirmore of burning coal, oil and the other fossil fuels thatunderlie their mobile, industrial, climate-controlled way of life. ” New York Times
  • 31. “ The United States, where just 4 percent of theeconomy is in agriculture, can endure a climaticsetback far more easily than a country like Malawi,where…about 40 percent of the economy is driven by rain-fed agriculture. ” New York Times
  • 32. “Disparities..have prompted a growing array of…expertson climate, environmental law and diplomacy to insist that the firstworld owes the third world a climate debt.‘We have an obligation to help countries prepare forthe climate changes that we are largely responsiblefor,’ said Peter Gleick, a co-founder of the Pacific Institute for Studiesin Development, Environment and Security in Berkeley, California....wealth ..enabling some countries to gird against climatic andcoastal risks whilepoverty, geography and history areplacing…worlds most crowded, vulnerable regionsdirectly in harms way ” New York Times
  • 33. One truth we must never forget about We, as people, can always do something. It is never too late to act.
  • 34. A Greener ExistenceTake steps towards creating a more environmentally-friendlyenvironment in your home and workplace. Some tipsavailable at the Greenpeace website.There are also several consumer guides available atGreenpeace that can help you to make green choices thatwill impact the environment less: •Truefood Guide: find food brands that are free of genetically engineered ingredients. •Good Wood Guide: buy ecologically responsible timber using this online guide. •Energy Retailers Guide: see how your energy retailer rates on coal. •Seafood Red List: know which fish to avoid buying.
  • 35. A Greener ExistenceTake steps towards creating a more environmentally-friendlyenvironment in your home and workplace. Some tipsavailable at the Greenpeace website.There are also several consumer guides available atGreenpeace that can help you to make green choices thatwill impact the environment less: •Truefood Guide: find food brands that are free of genetically engineered ingredients. •Good Wood Guide: buy ecologically responsible timber using this online guide. •Energy Retailers Guide: see how your energy retailer rates on coal. •Seafood Red List: know which fish to avoid buying.
  • 36. Act Out - From the Safety of Your HomeYou dont need to get off your seat on the couch or in front of thecomputer to help us defend our planet Earth. You can write letters,send emails, voice your opinions in online media debates, call talkbackradio and use your powerful social-networking powers (ie. MySpace,Facebook, Twitter, Flicker, Bebo, your blog/s etc.) to spread theenvironmentally-friendly word for positive change. In fact, there are anumber of web campaigns and online petitions on right now that youcan sign and become a part of and many will give you email updatesabout their happenings.
  • 37. Act Out - From the Safety of Your HomeFight Back Directly at the Scene with GreenpeaceYou can sign up with Greenpeace as an activist, meaning you willactually be present at the scene."Peaceful, non-violent direct action is at the heart of Greenpeacesenvironmental wins. From closing down dirty coal-fired power stations toconfronting pirate fishers on the high seas, our non-violent direct actionis what makes us unique." GreenpeaceThere are also jobs available in their offices and many stations aroundthe world, both paid positions and volunteer work. This is a greatopportunity, and to learn more, visit the Greenpeace website.
  • 38. Act Out - From the Safety of Your HomeFight Back Directly at the Scene with GreenpeaceYou can sign up with Greenpeace as an activist, meaning you willactually be present at the scene."Peaceful, non-violent direct action is at the heart of Greenpeacesenvironmental wins. From closing down dirty coal-fired power stations toconfronting pirate fishers on the high seas, our non-violent direct actionis what makes us unique." GreenpeaceThere are also jobs available in their offices and many stations aroundthe world, both paid positions and volunteer work. This is a greatopportunity, and to learn more, visit the Greenpeace website.
  • 39. Act Out - From the Safety of Your HomeAct Out - In Your Community (Bring YourFriends)Want to do more than just clicking abutton? Then you can become acommunity activist. That means gettingmobile around your neighbourhood andspreading the news around. You canorganise events, rallies and informationstalls; visit your local MP-office orparticipate in rallies and community-basedevents.Greenpeace can help you get started withtips, information and the materials youneed:Register as a community activist on the siteRead their tips on starting starting andrunning campaigns in your local community
  • 40. Act Out - From the Safety of Your HomeDonate to a Good CauseMany independent organisations like Greenpeace, We Can Solve It andGetUp depend on donations to continue to fund projects and campaigns.
  • 41. Act Out - From the Safety of Your HomeHold Your Own FundraiserLet loose and hold a fundraiser for organisations such as Greenpeace, WeCan Solve It and GetUp. Its easy and fun, and your whole family canbecome involved.Create your own fundraising page
  • 42. Don’t Be AfraidDont be afraid to voice your opinion,whether they be for or against what otherstell you is right and wrong. Dont be afraid toact out and dont be afraid to want a betterfuture.
  • 43. Don’t Be AfraidDont be afraid to voice your opinion,whether they be for or against what otherstell you is right and wrong. Dont be afraid toact out and dont be afraid to want a betterfuture.
  • 44. But this is my truth.
  • 45. The one they don’t mention in their speeches.
  • 46. The one they don’t remember as they burn their coal. And this is it.
  • 47. I want to give my children afuture. Not just any future, but a beautiful one. I want to give them a beautiful world where they’ll never feel uncertainabout what lies ahead of them. A world of trees and flowers and oceans and beauty.
  • 48. And I want my grandchildren tolook outside their windows andknow that the beautiful blue sky they see is the same one their grandmother saw as a girl.
  • 49. And I want them never to beafraid of losing the planet they love.
  • 50. Not like I do.
  • 51. So what is ‘the truth’?
  • 52. Not the sugar-coated one thatwe are fed to calm our nerves and win our votes
  • 53. Not the embellished one weare told to distract ourselves as they reach for our wallets.
  • 54. Not the understated,underplayed one that we tellourselves to justify our own wrong doings.
  • 55. Just ‘the truth’.
  • 56. The world needs change.
  • 57. Not a change in climate.
  • 58. Not a change in location of ‘global talks’ such asCopenhagen, that do nothing but waste time chattering,whilst the world is left to burn.
  • 59. Not a change in channel or a simple dismissal.
  • 60. The world needs a change in attitude.
  • 61. The world needs a change within people.
  • 62. One where everyone willselflessly change to save the world we have left.
  • 63. For their loved ones.
  • 64. For my grandchildren.
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