Bundy and Climate Change

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Bundy and Climate Change


Carolyn Archer

carolyn.archer@news-mail.com.au

BUNDABERG's record floods will feature in a climate change documentary, 24 Hours of Reality: The Cost of Carbon which screens online today and tomorrow.

Members of Al Gore's climate advocacy group The Climate Reality Project, visited Bundaberg last month during the flood forums to film footage for the documentary.

Australia is one of six continents featured in the project and Bundaberg will feature in the Australian segment which looks at how human health threats are exacerbated by climate change.

To view the Australian section featuring the Bundaberg floods visit www.24hoursofreality.org at 6pm or midnight tonight or 6am and noon tomorrow.

We asked Climate Reality Project CEO Maggie L Fox what one needed to know on climate change.

Why was 24 Hours of Reality and The Climate Reality Project started and what does it hope to achieve?

For years we have known that climate change is real. We also know that carbon pollution from fossil fuel emissions is the culprit. In 2006, former US Vice President Al Gore saw that despite a scientific consensus on climate change, the international community lacked the resolve to implement real solutions. In response, he started The Climate Reality Project to launch and power a social revolution for climate action. We tell the story of climate change around the world and how it affects us directly now in our daily lives.

This year's 24 Hours of Reality: The Cost of Carbon is the third-annual event in this series, designed to be the world's largest conversation about carbon pollution costs.

This year's theme, The Cost of Carbon, explores the reality that we are all paying the price for carbon pollution today in the form of tax dollars diverted for disaster relief, lost land and produce from droughts, and the intangible costs of lives displaced by flooding and wildfires.

By exploring these costs we hope to galvanize leaders to shake off climate denial and do what Australia has done in putting a price on carbon.

What are the most concerning things you have seen on this project?

It's a two-part answer. In the field we're seeing how climate change transforms lives in places like Bundaberg, which was hit by horrific flooding. There's the immediate devastation of the event, but then the most concerning aspect is seeing how people are left trying to rebuild their lives and live with this new reality long after the cameras have gone and the rest of the world moves on.

We see it with extreme weather events, and it's a reality we're facing in Colorado after being hit with record rains and floods last month.

The second deeply concerning part is that our world leaders are seeing these devastating weather events happen more frequently, and they're seeing the immense economic and social costs mount, but they aren't willing to take the action necessary. …

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