By KELLIE CAUGHT
I am so lucky working at WWF-Australia. I work to help protect our animals and the environment I love. I’ve experienced first-hand the beauty of Australia’s places, like the breathtaking Great Barrier Reef and its amazing animals, the marine turtles, whales, and dolphins. That’s why I am so passionate about my job.
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And as a mum of Zoe, a fun-loving four year old, I love spending time with her in our beautiful bushland and rainforests – and I can’t wait to take her to the Reef, to Kakadu, and our alpine areas.
But I’m not here to gloat.
Because on the flip side, I work on climate change.
And that can be tough.
We know climate change is harming the animals and places we love. And it’s a real problem.
Scientists fear the pace of climate change could make it near impossible for species and wilderness areas to adapt. We could lose up to 30% of species if we don’t act and if temperatures are allowed to rise 3 degrees or more.
Imagine a world without polar bears, marine turtles, pandas, tigers, Gouldian finches, or the blank-flanked rock-wallaby. Imagine a world where a lot of the Great Barrier Reef, as we know it, is gone.
I don’t want that world for me, my daughter or my grandkids. And I don’t want our generation to be the one that failed to act.
All the more reason to trust in the science when wondering, is climate change real? After all 97% of published peer reviewed science papers say that global warming and climate change is a reality and a direct result of human activity.
And it was only a few weeks ago we saw a draft international report on climate change, which suggests temperatures could rise by almost 5°C this century and that our seas could be up to 82 cm higher. Plus earlier this year we’ve seen koalas come down from trees in desperate search of water during heat waves and rising sea levels are causing turtle eggs to drown before they can hatch.
This is the reality of climate change – its impacts are very real.
But it’s not just our animals under threat, climate change impacts on us all – our society, our economy, even our health – it affects everyone.
In Australia last summer there were 123 weather records broken, with unprecedented heat, severe bushfires, extreme rainfall and damaging flooding. These events are being influenced by climate change.
WWF, with partners, recently launched I AM REAL, a new campaign with actors Bryan Brown, Leah Purcell, Miriam Margolyes and John Bell, asking the public to think more about climate change when they vote.
The good news is we know what we need to do.
We need to cut our carbon pollution levels. And the best way to do that is by having stronger pollution reduction targets.
That means strong government policy and action.
At the moment our major parties are committed to a minimum pollution reduction target of 5% by 2020.
But that’s not strong enough.