The causes and potential impacts of climate change at a global, national and local level are too many, varied and complex for a short discussion here. The risk to all life on Earth from excessive use of fossil fuels, population growth and industrial habitat clearance is real and well documented.
One of the main threats from climate change is caused by rising temperatures in our atmosphere changing weather patterns that contribute to sea level rise, disrupting the usual balance of nature leading to ecosystem collapse. There is the potential that in time major shifts in temperature, rainfall and sea levels will dictate increases in flood, fire and droughts as well as changing habitats and ecosystems. Intertidal reefs will become subtidal reefs, floodplains will become lakes.
More frequent and intense events
- Heat waves
- Rising sea levels
- Warming oceans
- Melting glaciers
- Shift in plant and animal movement
How you can help
We all have a role to play in reducing our personal impact on the planet through our consumer choices, recycling, re-using and re-purposing of products and our activism. Think global-act local.
- Walk or ride your bike more
- Avoid single use items such as coffee cup or plastic cutlery
- Protect existing habitats and plant more locally indigenous plants
- Prevent food waste, cook less or eat leftovers
- Reduce your use of plastic
- Turn off power to appliances when not in use
- Wash your clothes in cold water
- Get it right on bin night, recycle right
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