Geoff Lemon, a commentator on sport and culture, writes in an extremely forthright fashion, uses liberal doses of profanity to whack you between the eyes(?) with his arguments and is always worth reading. His argument here is as clear an argument for a carbon tax as you’ll read. Check his blog at Heathen Scripture ‘the Heathen Scripture you have when you’re not having a Heathen Scripture’ which carries articles on the broadest range of topical social issues with an approach, including the most creative use of language, that you won’t find elsewhere. You will blush a bit as you read, however.
If we are to build the community response to climate change, we need a means of communicating the consequences of the value positions that we hold and the actions that result. It’s not just a matter for the ‘head; but also for the ‘heart’.
Click on the link and you’ll see the graphics that I used to accompany a presentation on Climate Change and how I reckon we got into this mess. Give me a call if I can give an updated presentation to your community group.
Mornington Peninsula Shire conducted one of the most successful exercises in community engagement around responding to climate change. Here is a discussion of the why and how they rolled out this program.
If you start with the wrong questions don’t be surprised if you get entirely unhelpful answers. It’s not the economy, stupid, it’s the environment. We need the news to show us the daily environment indicator rather than the market indicator.
Adapting to climate change is a fraught area when what we are adapting to is so uncerntain. Councils and other land managers have to make decisions now within this context of uncertaintly. SECCCA teamed with Marsden Jacob Associates to develop a guide for decision-making that gave a level of confidence in anticipating and responding to climate impacts. This paper sets out the ideas in Deciding for the coast, a guide for decition making.
In Australia’s increasingly variable climate, our reliance on energy for comfort, health and well-being is pretty near complete. If you can’t afford to modify your domestic environment, what can you do? Well, modify your domestic enviornment as there are things that you can do that don’t cost much money. We did a project at SECCCA to investigate this.
Ok, I admit that I can be an impatient driver at times, but (touch wood) I don’t have accidents, I get to my destination safely and my passengers don’t have …
Climate change response is often much more in evidence at the local government level than at state and/or national levels. Local governments are highly responsive to their communities, they have feedback loops …