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Committee FOR WASTE REDUCTION

Climate Change by Lachlan Royle

Monday, December 23, 2019 2:30 PM | Lesley Van Staveren (Administrator)

Climate Change

Climate change is an ongoing problem in the world as Bill Mckibben once said “Climate change is the single biggest thing that humans have ever done on this planet. The one thing that needs to be bigger is our movement to stop it”. 

One of the biggest impacts with climate change is that natural disasters will be worse and more frequent, secondly our grandkids won't get to see the seven wonders of the world which means you are taking away some of you grandchild's experiences and thirdly if we go above 2 degrees most of the animals will become extinct because they cannot adapt fast enough.


Natural disasters will be worse and more frequent like fires will be bigger and hotter so it will go further therefore not many places will be safe. There was up to 111 fires raging in NSW and QLD and there were fires in the amazon. It is getting hotter therefore fires are more likely to happen. if you leave any glass in the bush and the sun reflects onto it that may cause a bushfire. Studies show that 84% of wildfires have been caused by humans over the last 21 years, debris burning, arson and campfires have combined with climate change to make the fire season much longer.

If we don't do the right thing with our waste then our grandkids won't get to see the seven wonders of the world. If we don't recycle then all the rubbish will go into the Great Barrier Reef and all the coral will die so it won't be colorful it will plain white. If you have a containers for change near you you can take all the plastic bottles that say 10c on the back of them. When you go shopping try and only buy the things you will eat because then there will be no food waste. If you go shopping for some pencils and they are covered in plastic with cardboard on the back you can recycle that cardboard you just need to rip off the plastic.

The extraordinary ocean and its iconic creatures are under threat. From a warming climate and the expansion of industrial fishing. We need to put a restriction on industrial fishing otherwise all the fish will get eaten and they won't have time to reproduce. Some of our fish that we are catching actually have eaten plastic and when we eat the fish we are eating the plastic too. Fresh water turtles keep water quality high in our river systems. They’re scavengers that get rid of all the dead fish and any other rotting animals in the rivers, keeping them clean. Murray river turtles have declined by 90% in the last 40 years and in some areas, they are extinct unless urgent action is taken the entire population could be wiped out.

In conclusion, natural disasters will be worse and more frequent, secondly our grandkids won't get to see the seven natural wonders of the world. and thirdly, if we go above 2 degrees most of the animals will become extinct because they can not adapt fast enough. Like Barack Obama once said “No challenge poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change” so let's all stand up and make a change.

By Lachlan Royle


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