Addressing climate change; locally, nationally and globally.

COMM11008 – Blog Two
By Amanda McRae

The consequences of Climate change globally is a huge challenge for governments around the world. Effecting areas of economic, political, and social (Jones 2013, p.2) contributing to billions of dollars in economic losses globally. As scientists predicted, seeing an increase in disease, famine (Jones 2013, p. 1-2), sea level rises, extreme weather events (Cohen 2016), infrastructure damage, erosion, and loss or disruption of life.

United States of America President Barack Obama, a world leader in addressing climate change (Chavar 2016, n.p), reads  documentation, charts, and graphs of a morning,  he said, “it’s terrifying.”  Obama continued, “okay, we really got to get on to this, we really got to pay attention to this,” (Chavar 2016, n.p).   Watch Obama on Climate Change video further via this link.

Locally, the Council is currently focusing on one of the areas damaged from major weather events. With an additional $300,000 of crucial funding to contribute to the erosion at Wild cattle creek (GRC 2016b, p. 1).

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Figure 1: Wild Cattle Creek.  Source:  The Gladstone Observer (2016)
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Figure 2: Millennium Esplanade Beach Erosion.  Source:  The Gladstone Observer (2016)

Boyne Island resident with a house on the shoreline, Kevin Blessington, hopes from the Gladstone Regional Council plans, there will be improvements made in the area’s safety and usability (Annett 2014). “Erosion will always happen when you have excessive weather activities but all you can do is try to prevent damage,” he said (Annett 2014, n.p).

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Figure 3: Boyne River mouth, Boyne Island.  Source:  The Gladstone Observer (2014)

Australian Minister for Science, Mr Greg Hunt said, “The Turnball’s new government’s stance regarding climate science, is it’s important, significant and critical to Australia’s long-term planning,” (SBS 2016, n.p), as Climate change is addressed.

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Figure 4:  Prime Minister Malcolm Turnball  Source: Daily Telegraph (2016)

Among several proposals regarding climate change, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnball announced, a $300 million dollar investment for the pacific to assist, (ABC24 & Shepard 2016).

The Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ms Julie Bishop addressed Australia’s situation in parliament. Ms Bishop said, “our 2030 target of reducing Australia’s contribution to global emissions is by 26 to 28 percent from 2015 levels,” Ms Bishop said,  (Hansard 2016, p. 1).

The Minister continued, “ensuring this is in Australian’s national interests,” Ms  Bishop said, “the statement on climate change is being tabled by the Turnball government for consideration, to enable ratification of this historic agreement by the end of this year,” (Hansard 2016, p. 1).

Climate change, a subject so complex with many elements involved has one link in common which is humanity. As government leaders around the world unite to address this challenge, “We must continue to show leadership and encourage all countries to ratify the agreement,” Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill said (Shepard 2016, n.p). Climate change is everybody’s problem: the world is in our hands.

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References:

Australian Broadcast Corporation, ABC24 News 2016, Malcolm Turnball presser:  Pacific, ABC24 News

Annett, T 2014, Boyne beach erosion continues to frustrate, The Gladstone Observer 2016, viewed 9 September 2016, http://www.gladstoneobserver.com.au/news/boyne-beach-erosion-continues-frustrate/2413859/

Daily Telegraph 2016, PImage: PM, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnball tackles climate change, disaster mitigation at ASEAN Summit, viewed 9 September 2016, http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/national/prime-minister-malcolm-turnbull-tackles-climate-change-disaster-mitigation-at-asean-summit/news-story/c984f246744be689919d3bc8b891a8ae

Chavar, A J, Laffin, B, Landler M, Davenport C 2016, Obama on ‘terrifying’ threat of climate change, New York Times, viewed 9 September 2016, http://www.nytimes.com/video/us/politics/100000004632792/obama-on-terrifying-threat-of-climate-change.html?smid=pl-share

Cohen, S 2016, Climate denial and sea level rise, The Hugginton Post 2016, viewed 9 September 2016, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/steven-cohen/climate-denial-and-sea-le_b_11873484.html

Gillis, J 2016, Flooding of Coast, caused by global warming, has already begun, The New York Times, Science, viewed 9 September 2016, http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/04/science/flooding-of-coast-caused-by-global-warming-has-already-begun.html?_r=1

Gladstone Regional Council (GRC) 2016a, Shoreline erosion management plan final report, 2014, viewed 9 September 2016, http://www.gladstone.qld.gov.au/documents/1570002/41723559/Boyne%20Island%20and%20Tannum%20Sands%20Shoreline%20Erosion%20Management%20Plan%20Final%20Report%20September%202014.pdf

Gladstone Regional Council (GRC) 2016b, Wild cattle creek erosion control to receive crucial funding, Budget 2016-17, viewed 9 September 2016, http://www.gladstone.qld.gov.au/budget

Hansard 2016, Australia, House of Representatives 2016, Debates, Questions without notice – climate change, 31 August, pp. 65, viewed 9 September 2016, http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Ff706773d-28cd-4fb7-b62a-9ed884a645d8%2F0161%22

Jones, M 2013, Community climate change: how heroes shape our perception of climate science, Centre for Public Administration and Policy Virginia Tech, Social Science Quarterly, pp. 1-39, viewed 9 September 2016, http://studylib.net/doc/8256410/cultural-characters-and-climate-change–how-heroes-shape-our

McCright, A 2010, The political dynamics of climate change, Workshop on Sociological Perspectives on Global Climate Change 2010, National Science Foundation, pp. 108, viewed 9 September 2016, http://studylib.net/doc/8398389/sociological-perspectives-on-global-climate-change

SBS 2016, SBS world news radio: climate research will once again be a core priority for Australia’s national science agency, the CSIRO, following intervention from new science minister Greg Hunt, viewed 9 September 2016, https://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2016/08/04/hunt-signals-new-start-climate-science-csiro

Shephard, T 2016, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull tackles climate change, disaster mitigation at ASEAN Summit, News Corp Australia Network, The Daily Telegraph, viewed 9 September 2016, http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/national/prime-minister-malcolm-turnbull-tackles-climate-change-disaster-mitigation-at-asean-summit/news-story/c984f246744be689919d3bc8b891a8ae

The Gladstone Observer 2016, Image: Wild Cattle Creek, Erosion threatens wild cattle creek at Tannum Sands, , viewed 9 September 2016, http://www.gladstoneobserver.com.au/news/erosion-threatens-park/2919073/

The Gladstone Observer 2014, Image:  Boyne river mouth, Boyne beach erosion continues to frustrate,  viewed 9 September 2016,  http://www.gladstoneobserver.com.au/news/boyne-beach-erosion-continues-frustrate/2413859/

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