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Free Screening of the Australian Conservation Foundation’s new film “Telling The Truth” (about Climate Change)

hilary 10 November 2008 22

In 2006 and 2007 Al Gore came to Australia to train 250 everyday people to go out and present his climate change slide show made famous in the movie “An Inconvenient Truth”.

“Telling The Truth” follows seven of the Climate Project presenters as they take their message out into the community.

Vanessa Morris, a local Canberran, former ABC broadcaster, and now SEE-Change’s Exucutive Officer is one of the seven featured in this film.

Free Screening. Wine and Nibbles.

All Welcome!

Sunday 23rd November at 3pm.

Optus Lecture Theatre, Discovery Centre, CSIRO, Black Mountain.

Come be inspired!!!! 

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22 Responses to Free Screening of the Australian Conservation Foundation’s new film “Telling The Truth” (about Climate Change)
justin heywood justin heywood 10:29 am 12 Nov 08

johnboy said :

…scientific consensus shouldn’t be confused with science.

I agree. All science is simply a set of theories, as yet unproven.

However, I am saying that climate change is a fact, not a theory. It is already occurring, as any of the multitude of scientists in this town who study ice cores from Antartica, the disappearing glaciers in PNG or any other of the multitude of indicators that we could use.

The ‘science’ bit comes in in deciding what these changes will mean for our climate.

johnboy johnboy 10:10 am 12 Nov 08

At any given point in history 99% of scientists were wrong about pretty much everything.

Today’s funding models only make the echo chamber worse.

This isn’t by way of expressing an opinion one way or another, I’m a fan of pricing pollution regardless, just to say that scientific consensus shouldn’t be confused with science.

justin heywood justin heywood 9:47 am 12 Nov 08

Thumper said :

“Someone asked. I provided. What is the problem?

I’d hardly call him obscure.”

Yes, but if I wasn’t a scientist, and 99% of the scientists I knew were saying the same thing, I would tend to go with the consensus, no matter how much I WANT to believe otherwise.

Thumper, like you I believe, I am conservative politically. In my view Al Gore’s movie was a major disservice to the cause of publicising the possible effect of climate change, as it politicised the issue between Democrats and Republicans in the US. Many Republicans thought that the issue was being ‘beaten up’ as another liberal stalking horse for Al Gore in particular and the Democrat agenda in general. Hence, any ’eminent’ scientist, politician or radio shock-jock gets plenty of airtime if he contradicts the consensus.

Similarly, as a parent and a happy Australian, I don’t WANT climate change to cause a major upset in the way we live. I think it will, however.

Major upset to our climate is already occurring. There IS major uncertainty and debate about what effect it will have in specific areas. There is very little debate about the fact that we are entering unknown territory.

Thumper Thumper 8:58 am 12 Nov 08

Someone asked. I provided. What is the problem?

I’d hardly call him obscure.

justin heywood justin heywood 8:51 am 12 Nov 08

Thumper, it’s pretty telling that in a town full of scientists (CSIRO, ANU et al), you are quoting someone from Iowa to support your view.

There are hundreds of thousands of scientists in the world who could in some way be described as ’eminent’. 10 years ago, there was serious debate amongst people who study climate about the cause and speed of global climate change. Even 5 years ago, there were a significant number of doubters amongst the scientific community.

Now, climate change deniers are reduced to quoting some obscure academic from Townsville of Professor Ronald McDonald from Boise Idaho as ‘proof’ that climate change is not happening.

If you don’t believe in climate change, you haven’t looked objectively at the evidence.

Thumper Thumper 8:09 am 12 Nov 08

Dr. Edward Wegman. Phd in mathematical sciences University of Iowa. Ex Head Mathematical Sciences Division of US Naval Research. Member of the board of the American Statistical Association, past president of the International Association of statistical computing, past chairman of the committee on Applied and theoretical Statistics of the National Academy of Sciences, has published more than 160 papers plus eight books.

Add to this Director of Computational Statistics at George Mason University and you have a respected and eminent person with few peers in his field.

And as a statistician he is more than eminently qualified to process the temperature data that has been used to ‘prove’ global warming.

Woody Mann-Caruso Woody Mann-Caruso 10:25 pm 11 Nov 08

The original hockey stick graph that was provided as proof to global warming in the first place has been shown to have been statistically incorrect

By whom? Where? When?

And how long before the Al Gore fan club comes charging in to abuse anyone who dares have a different view to them regarding this issue.

And how long before the climate change deniers come charging in to denigrate anyone who dares to have a different view to them regarding this issue.

See? I can “Who failed first-year logic?’ too.

imhotep imhotep 8:18 pm 11 Nov 08

Thumper said :

Just like Rudd’s chief rent boy, Garnaut!

Rudd was right in choosing an economist. If there is a solution to climate change, it will have to make economic sense, otherwise nothing will happen.

I think we’re well passed the stage where we need to appoint scientists to make judgements about whether climate change is happening. They already know.


Thumper Thumper 7:56 pm 11 Nov 08

I’ve only met one person at ANU who is a climate change denier. And he’s an economist.

Just like Rudd’s chief rent boy, Garnaut!

imhotep imhotep 6:53 pm 11 Nov 08

housebound said :

“On the other hand, there’s a bit of evidence that we are in a warming phase.”

Yes, there is a bit. Actually there is a lot. You would have to be in SERIOUS denial to believe we are not seeing warming at an unprecedented rate.

In a town which contains as many good scientists as Canberra, I’m surprised that this is even a topic of discussion.

I’ve only met one person at ANU who is a climate change denier. And he’s an economist.


housebound housebound 5:15 pm 11 Nov 08

And the debate rages on, with neither side really listening to the other.

The climate has always changed, yes – but do we really want our Australian summers to be much warmer than they already are? Can we even do anything to change it all?

While there’s an argument for ‘Australia can lead the world’, I can hardly believe that a huge GHG emitter like China will watch and learn from us any more than it does, say, on human rights or religious freedom.

We can change our socks – or not, to reduce the energy consumed by washing them – drive less, switch off lights or anything you care to name, but those hi-tech industrial exporting economies, like China and Korea, will still mass produce LCD screens and other GHG-intensive products.

On the other hand, if my energy bills go down because I turn off the lights, and my life is all the more richer for watching less tv, then perhaps it isn’t a bad thing.

On the other hand, there’s a bit of evidence that we are in a warming phase. But no one really knows how long this phase is or will be. Perhaps it’s just El Nino and friends gone manic.

Overheard Overheard 4:46 pm 11 Nov 08

astrojax said :

aww grow up – we’ve been here too often in this forum. whyn’t you just go along, politely inform ms morris and sort it out with her, eh? meanhwile, shhhh….

+1. I expect you’ll attend this event, Wide Load et al, to make your esteemed views made known for the greater good of all.

(I personally don’t know nearly enough about the issues to have a strong position either way, but I do wonder what mileage the nay-sayers want to get out of being so stridently vociferous in their protestations. To feel better about their resource usage, mayhaps?)

Will be out of town for this one, so I’ll look for the report next week.

magella magella 1:16 pm 11 Nov 08

Wide Boy Jake said :

It’s high time we all told the green mafia to p*ss off and that we refuse to swallow their fallacious propaganda any longer.

If you want to know who the real “green mafia” (or to be more accurate the greenhouse mafia)is, read Clive Hamilton’s ‘Scorcher’. In fact try reading ANY Clive Hamilton books if you want an intellectual non-hippie left perspective.

But no, you’re all right, climate change is a scam. Natural disasters aren’t on the rise, the arctic iceshelves aren’t melting, we don’t really need biodiversity, everything should be GM, humans have had little to no impact on their environment at all, the Maldives and Tuvalu won’t be underwater within 50 years and the world is flat and elephants have f**king wings…

neanderthalsis neanderthalsis 9:43 am 11 Nov 08

Yay, another production from a narrow focus special interest group saying we’ll all be rooned, in accents most forlorn.

The ACF in conjunction with the ACTU recently released a paper called the “Green Gold Rush” giving a series of dubious and highly fanciful projections of a million extra jobs, billions added to GDP and a free virgin for all men under 35 if we all embrace the Guano recommendations and act fast on climate change now.

It highlights six areas of sustainable practice that Industry must embrace (which it already has ) and goes so far as to tell us that we will need new skills (but make no specific mentions)to cope apocolypse of biblical proportions that climate change will bring.

It seems that climate change sceptics are now subjected to something akin to the Spanish inquisition by the true believers.

(HAHA nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition, our two main weapons are fear, surprise and a fanatical devotion to Penny Wong.. )

Thumper Thumper 8:16 am 11 Nov 08


yeah, you’re correct. Sorry about that 😉

Thumper Thumper 8:16 am 11 Nov 08

I also note that Garnaut is an economist, not a climatologist.

Thumper Thumper 8:09 am 11 Nov 08

Climate change. Ah yes, would that be global warming? It is a religion these days, nothing more.

The original hockey stick graph that was provided as proof to global warming in the first place has been shown to have been statistically incorrect thus all the figures of the earth warming are highly dubious at the best.

What’s more, no-one has yet to definitely show a link between human use, or misuse, of resources and any discernable changes in temperate or climate in general.

By all means, cut down on resource use, plant more trees and generally look after the environment, but lets not have a Spanish Inquisition where people who disagree are pillorised as flat earth believers, etc, etc.

The only real constant about climate is that it will change. It also will, and always has.

Do people realise that England was up to 4-5 degrees warmer only 1,000 years ago? As well the Romans in Brittany (ad 43- ad 410) grew grapes. And that the earth went through a mini ice age back in the 1600 to middle/ late 1700s. Incredibly, in the winter of 1780, New York Harbor froze.

And this actually followed a period known as the medieval warm period.

I shgould also add that 12K BP one could walk to tasmania and batemans bay was roughly 10-15 kms inland.

So we see, climate changes. And quite often really.

And how long before the Al Gore fan club comes charging in to abuse anyone who dares have a different view to them regarding this issue.

barking toad barking toad 11:53 pm 10 Nov 08

And as I sup on the free piss I suppose I could ask ‘Nessa why temperatures have not risen since 1998 and have dropped in the last couple of years. She’ll probably tell me it’s because of global warming and if I buy a copy of al’s inconvenient fibs I can also be an acolyte.

Hippies are fun.

barking toad barking toad 11:17 pm 10 Nov 08

I do have to differ with the Wide one on one point.

Climate does change. Always has and always will.

Hippies changing their socks will have as much impact as the crap kev and penny are going on about – while sending us broke.

barking toad barking toad 11:10 pm 10 Nov 08

The Wide one beat me to it.

The algore hippies are indocrinated better than the blokes in suits who knock on the door promising everlasting life – as long as you sign up.

Aren’t the only true believers left in this country kev07, penny, the fraud of the year and our abc?

The gorebull acolytes never seem to be able to tell us what the ideal temperature is, how it’s measured and who is going to control it or why the high priest, al, won’t enter into any debate to try and substantiate his debunked claims.

Vanessa is a former ABC broadcaster – toots, I wouldn’t be spouting that as part of the CV.

I might turn up though – free piss and all.

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