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Walk Against Warming

poptop 29 November 2008 40

Saturday 6th December
City Walk (near the fountain at the front of the Canberra Centre)

Another drop-in to my intray.  Last time I went to one of these, I was stunned at the number of cars!

    The Walk Against Warming kick-off events in Sydney and Melbourne attracted huge crowds attempting to influence the Australian delegation heading off to Poland for the next round of international negotiations. It’s up to us to keep up the momentum!!

    On December 6th, the international day of action, come out and show your support for strong, immediate action on climate change. Listen to a couple of great speakers, march around the city in a crowd of people, including performers, and listen to the fantastic sounds of local Canberra musicians, joining with people all over the country and the world determined to see action on climate change Saturday 6th December 11.30am City Walk (near the fountain at the front of the Canberra Centre)

    * Light Rail for Canberra
    * A Renewable Energy future
    * Strong Commitments at Poznan for deep cuts in emissions

    Volunteers needed! 
    If you have a first aid certificate and want a guaranteed shady spot to sit during the speakers and music, please get in touch – we need another volunteer in our first aid tent.

    Bucket Collectors
    The Walk costs a lot to run, but it is a very important event, as well as being fun, so we want to keep doing it! You can help out by being a bucket collector on the day. It just involves going through the crowd with a donations bucket, and people are happy to support what you’re doing.

    Traffic Marshals
    We’re required by Roads ACT to have temporary traffic marshals in some spots on the Walk. You’ll get to wear a flouro vest as well as the satisfaction of controlling traffic.

    Flier hander-outers
    On the three days before the Walk, we need people to hand out fliers in Garema place at lunchtime. This is not a difficult or time-consuming job, but it is very important to let people know that the Walk is coming up – soon! If you can spend part of your lunchtime on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday let me know

    Helpers to set up & pack down.
    It’s always great to have a couple of people help out with the set up and pack down. If you can be there early, or don’t mind staying on to help pack up, we’d really appreciate it.

    Please contact Genevieve at campaign(@) or 6229 6208, or Robyn: communications(@) if you can do any of the above.

    Volunteers for the Walk Against Warming will have lunch on the day on us

    And if you haven’t yet promoted the walk to your email lists, networks, friends, relatives, work-mates and grandparents – do it now!

    Robyn Vance
    Communications and Development Officer
    Conservation Council ACT Region
    GPO Box 544 Canberra 2601
    T: 02 6229 3200 F: 02 6248 5343

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40 Responses to Walk Against Warming
PsydFX PsydFX 3:04 pm 01 Dec 08

ACTION putting on special busses defeats the point. Extra busses = extra emissions.

People concerned about Global Warming, attending this event, should make the effort to catch the pre-existing public transport.

Granny Granny 2:55 pm 01 Dec 08

It would be really good if maybe ACTION could get behind it and put on special buses or something.

But if you weren’t driving to the walk against warming you’d be driving somewhere else, so I reckon you may as well turn up and support them.

: )

PsydFX PsydFX 2:49 pm 01 Dec 08

Haha, yeah pretty much.

But seriously, I’m trying to allude to the fact that the majority of participants to this event will likely drive into the city, which is like killing an executioner because you oppose the death penalty.

Granny Granny 2:10 pm 01 Dec 08

So basically you want to know where you can stick your V8?

; )

PsydFX PsydFX 1:43 pm 01 Dec 08

Sweet, a walk against Global Warming.
I’ll be driving out from Tuggeranong in my V8, where should I park?

Thumper Thumper 9:26 am 01 Dec 08

No, I meant from, um 43AD until 410AD…

My mistake, late night, early morning 😉

johnboy johnboy 9:25 am 01 Dec 08

Did you mean Romans in Britain after 41BC?

Granny Granny 9:22 am 01 Dec 08

Oh, I get myself demoted all the time. It’s part of my general black sheepness.

Gungahlin Al Gungahlin Al 9:17 am 01 Dec 08

Oi – since when did Thumper become “demagogue”?? Never even seen that before.
And Granny’s moved beyond veteran to agitator – ha – sounds like a demotion. 🙂

Thumper Thumper 8:15 am 01 Dec 08

I was originally unsure given my background is anthropology and archaeology which involved lots of issues regarding climate and people and societies and how they adapt, thus, my conclusion, after reading a fair bit of literature and applying that to my own studies, is that climate change does happen, and quite often on a regular scale.

As such, I don’t believe that human induced climate change is actually happening. Take the Romans in Britain before 410BC, they were growning grapes. And even as close as the 1700s we had a mini ice age. Norman England, roughly 1000BP was a great deal warmer than now, possibly 4-5 degrees.

Scara Brae, a neolithic settlement in the Orkneys was once warm enough for inhabitants to catch a variety of fish, and to farm the land. About 3000BP however, the climate changed. It got wetter and colder, and the original neolithic dwellers had to move south.

On the other hand, I believe in reducing energy use, searching for viable clean energy resources, population restraint, a reduction in pollution, reforestation of cleared area, regeneration rivers, etc, recycling, vegetarianism, etc, …

deezagood deezagood 6:42 am 01 Dec 08

I was convinced about gloabl warming, but there are two sides to every debate:

Print John Stapleton | November 29, 2008
Article from: The Australian
EUROPE is shivering through an extreme cold snap. One of the coldest winters in the US in more than 100 years is toppling meteorological records by the dozen, and the Arctic ice is expanding. Even Australia has been experiencing unseasonable snow.

But the stories about global warming have not stopped, not for a second.

In May last year, The Sydney Morning Herald breathlessly reported that climate change had reduced the Southern Ocean’s ability to soak up carbon dioxide, claiming that as a result global warming would accelerate even faster than previously thought.

The story was picked up and repeated in a number of different journals around the region.

But this week the CSIRO suggested the exact opposite. “The new study suggests that Southern Ocean currents, and therefore the Southern Ocean’s ability to soak up carbon dioxide, have not changed in recent decades,” it said. This time the story got no coverage in the SMH, and was run on the ABC’s website as evidence the Southern Ocean was adapting to climate change.

CSIRO oceanographer Stuart Rintoul, a co-author of the study, said it did not disprove global warming and he did not believe its lack of an alarmist tone was responsible for the poor coverage.

But the story is being pointed out as an example of media bias on global warming. Critics argue that the ABC and the Fairfax media are the worst offenders.

ABC board member Keith Windschuttle said yesterday the national broadcaster was in breach of its charter to provide a diversity of views. “The ABC and the Fairfax press rarely provide an opportunity for global warming sceptics to put their view,” Mr Windschuttle said. “The science is not settled.

“We are seeing an increasing number of people with impeccable scientific backgrounds questioning part or whole of the story. I don’t believe the ABC has been reflecting the genuine diversity of the debate. Under its own act, the ABC is required to produce a diversity of views.”

Bob Carter of James Cook University, one of the world’s best-known climate change sceptics, said there was no doubt Windschuttle was correct.

“With very few exceptions, press reporters commenting on global warming are either ignorant of the science matters involved, or wilfully determined to propagate warming hysteria because that fits their personal world view, or are under editorial direction to focus the story around the alarmist headline grab — and often all three,” Professor Carter said.

National Climate Centre former head William Kininmonth said coverage of global warming had been hysterical and was getting worse, with a large public relations effort inundating the media with information from the alarmist side.

Xbikee Xbikee 6:24 am 01 Dec 08

I heard that the recent Walk Against Warm in Orange NSW was cancelled a few Saturdays back because it was too cold for the participants. Snow will do that to you.

GottaLoveCanberra GottaLoveCanberra 11:31 pm 30 Nov 08

Do I believe in climate change? Yes
Do I believe that humans are wholly responsible for climate change? Shit no.

What I don’t like is people spoon feeding us bullshit then I still see public service/private large buildings with all their lights left on and probably most of the computers/printers/copiers/whatever all still on.

Big businesses/Govt need to lead the change and actually mean it, not come up with hodge podge solutions just to look good in the eyes of the people until next election rolls around when they can then brag about said hodge podge solutions. Oh wait, that’s not just limited to environmental issues.

*does the cynical dance*

Granny Granny 10:02 pm 30 Nov 08

I don’t think you were in 1J/2J … *sigh*

Granny Granny 9:46 pm 30 Nov 08

I’m going to see if I can find you in my class photo ….


Gungahlin Al Gungahlin Al 9:33 pm 30 Nov 08

PS: Granny re: #6 – spot on.

Gungahlin Al Gungahlin Al 9:32 pm 30 Nov 08

Beat youse both. Already been in Canberra a year or so before watching Armstrong step on the moon in 1969 at the Red Hill school, then catching up with Granny as the first students in Scullin School.

But hang on – the moon landing was a faked conspiracy too – wasn’t it Licker??

Granny Granny 9:29 pm 30 Nov 08

Thanks, guys!

: )

Do you think the climate here is warmer BerraBoy68?

BerraBoy68 BerraBoy68 8:46 pm 30 Nov 08

Granny said :

Well, we moved to Canberra in 1969!! They were building those new Scullin shops.

LOL! Love ya granny.

We came to Canberra straight from London in ’73, (OK, I spent 6 months in Randwick, Syd first).

We bought one of the first houses to be built in Flynn. The only shop in the vicinity was what is now the scout hall at Charnwood shops. I recall being held up in my dad’s car one day due to a bushfire only to be told by a fireman that the burn-off was for a new shopping mall (what is now known as Belconnen Mall).

Feel old much? hell yea…

Can’t wait to meet you…

imhotep imhotep 8:03 pm 30 Nov 08

Well you don’t sound your age, and the Riotact is a better place with you in it.

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