Already we dread hot summers, we dread bushfire season, we have increased flash flooding events, and we see the effects of storms and rising oceans on many nations around the world.
The IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) Report has shown that we have less than 10 years to cut global emissions in order to avert the worst impacts of climate change and stay under two degrees, which may enable us to prevent run-away global warming.
Australia is behind other major Western nations on our commitment, which currently would lead us to a three-degree temperature rise.
The government may soon announce a commitment to zero emissions by 2050 but this is too little too late.
To have a chance of staying below two degrees, global emissions must be halved by 2030 and we must achieve zero emissions by 2040.
This is not impossible, if we take the threat seriously and fully commit.
This should not be a party-political issue.
It is an issue of survival for future generations and all of humanity.
We must all demand that our governments bring their full resources to bear on this existential issue.
Email, Sep 13
Rafaele Joudry, Narara