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Thursday, 24 January 2013

Get Up fact graphic - our climate crisis

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'Welcome to our "new normal."

Our country is still in the middle of a record-smashing heatwave with temperatures soaring above 40 °C and hundreds of fires blazing out of control around the country. We're being told to "get used to it"[2]but while the nation rallies to fight fires, repair damage and console loved ones we're struggling to have the conversation about our warming planet, let alone get used to it.

The growing mountain of evidence tells a sobering story - a story that needs frequent and urgent repeating if we're to have a chance of preventing the worst of predicted catastrophic climate change.

That's why we've created this shareable image with the latest confronting but, hopefully, action-spurring facts. Click here to view, share and start the conversations we all need to be having at dinner tables, pubs and BBQs around the country as we face the heat and help our friends and neighbours deal with loss of property and a very difficult situation.

Over 70% of Australians had a taste this week of the kind of conditions scientific modelling clearly predicts will worsen and occur with more frequency over the coming decades.[2] It should come as no surprise to those of us who have been heeding decades of warnings by climate scientists and fighting hard for stronger action on climate that our warming world will - as we're seeing - lead to more severe summer heatwaves and fire danger. But it won't be until the entire country, from Broome to Hobart and every town in between, are connecting the dots and coming to the same conclusions that we'll see a real and urgent demand for stronger action on climate change.

And while short heatwaves and fire danger are not unfamiliar during an Australian summer, what we're experiencing this week is an unsettling harbringer of things to come - a taste of the new normal in a rapidly warming world:

Click here for a more detailed glimpse of what we're facing in Australia and around the world.

The reality is confronting; we're currently on track for at least 4°C more warming[4], marked by extreme heatwaves as we've experienced this week; increased fire danger; declining global food stocks; human health risks; loss of ecosystems and biodiversity; and life-threatening sea level rises. The US just confirmed 2012 was its hottest year ever - beating its previous high in 1998 by a full degree.[5]

So let's face the facts, together, starting now. Share this infographic on Facebook, Twitter and over email. Print it out and put it on your fridge. Put it on your work bulletin board. Let's talk about how human caused climate change is exacerbating the extreme events we're facing and are likely to face with greater frequency in the future. Let's once more make it part of our national dialogue: http://www.getup.org.au/our-new-normal

We all remember the horror of Victoria's Black Saturday bushfires. As we support our brave firefighters, provide shelter for friends and hope for relief we must do everything we can to ensure catastrophic fire events like that don't become the new normal. It's time to have a level-headed conversation about the reality of climate change.

Thanks for helping to change the conversation,
The GetUp team.

PS - We've all encountered those tough conversations with people who are skeptical about climate change and the science because of how politicised the issue has become. Whether it's over the Christmas dinner table with a cousin or aunt or at a pub with a stranger - it's often a difficult conversation to have. For some help answering questions we've compiled a list of recent research and news articlesto help to explain why this heatwave is an indicator of a warming world and what's to come.

PPS - Regardless of your feelings on climate change, severe heat and fire danger puts our safety and loved ones at risk. For politically neutral tips on dealing with severe heat and fire danger, please read "Tips for Staying Safe" at the bottom of this page.There's information about who to contact in your state if you need help and what are the prudent steps to take during extreme conditions.

[1] "Extreme Weather The New Normal," The Sydney Morning Herald, September 5, 2012.
[2] "Get Used to Record-Breaking Heat: bureau" Ben Cubby, The Sydney Morning Herald, January 9, 2012.
[3] "If you’re 27 or younger, you’ve never experienced a colder-than-average month" - Philip Bump, Grist, November 16, 2012.
[4] "Turn Down the Heat: Why a 4°C Warmer World Must be Avoided," World Bank commissioned report by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and Climate Analytics, November 2012.
[5] "2012 Was the Hottest Year in U.S. History. And Yes — It’s Climate Change," Bryan, Walsh, TIME, January 8, 2013' 


GetUp is an independent, not-for-profit community campaigning group. We use new technology to empower Australians to have their say on important national issues. We receive no political party or government funding, and every campaign we run is entirely supported by voluntary donations. If you'd like to contribute to help fund GetUp's work, please donate now! If you have trouble with any links in this email, please go directly to www.getup.org.au. To unsubscribe from GetUp, please click here. Authorised by Sam Mclean, Level 2, 104 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010. 

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