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1 The Information and imagery contained in this slide show is an adapted version of that contained in a globally distributed information package from org is an international campaign that's building a movement to unite the world around solutions to the climate crisis--the solutions that science and justice demand. Their mission is to inspire the world to rise to the challenge of the climate crisis— to create a new sense of urgency and of possibility for our planet. Please visit their website for further information.

2 CHANGING CLIMATE OUR

3 GLACIERS ARE MELTING

4 MUIR & RIGGS GLACIER 1941

5 MUIR & RIGGS GLACIER 2004

6 PEDERSEN GLACIER, AK 1920

7 PEDERSEN GLACIER, AK 2005

8 OCEANS ARE ACIDIFYING

9 Coral reefs are bleaching

10 SEA LEVELS ARE RISING Three Year Average Satellite Altimetry Year Sea Level Change (cm)

11 threatens the survival of SMALL ISLANDS

12 Two degrees (450ppm) is really not a safe level for small island states. For many of them it would be like a death sentence in the long run. “ ” - Leon Charles, Chair of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS)

13 WEATHER IS BECOMING MORE EXTREME

14 Burma cyclone death toll rises above 43,000. “ ” - USA Today, May 15 th, 2008

15 MAJOR FLOODS PER DECADE

16 Australia suffers worst drought in 1,000 years “ ” - Guardian UK, Nov 7, 2008

17 Australia fires spark calls for CLIMATE ACTION “ ” - Washington Post, March 1, 2006

18 “Rapid Warming’ Spreads Havoc in Canada’s Forests. “ ” - Washington Post, March 1, 2006

19 Climate change could force 1 BILLION from their homes by “ ” - April 30, 2008, The Independent. CREATES CLIMATE REFUGEES

20 impacts LOCAL LIVELIHOODS

21 The most comprehensive review ever carried out on the economics of climate change warns that global warming could inflict worldwide disruption as great as that caused by the two World Wars and the Great Depression. “ ” - Environmental News Service STERN REVIEW, 2006

22 The world has never faced such a predictably massive threat to food production as that posed by the melting mountain glaciers of Asia “ ” - Lester Brown, Earth Policy Institute, Author of Plan B DISRUPTS FOOD PRODUCTION

23 Global Warming Increases Malaria, Dengue Fever Threat, UN Says. “ ” - Bloomberg, Nov. 27, 2007 AFFECTS OUR HEALTH:

24 Climate change will draw ever- deeper lines of division and conflict in international relations… over the distribution of resources, especially water and land. “ ” - Report: World in Transition THREATENS SECURITY:

25 The most startling evidence yet…

26 is the MELTING OF THE ARCTIC. New predictions Satellite observations Mean IPCC prediction Most likely change (melt) IPCC range Actual observed melting it has melted nearly 80 YEARS ahead of when scientists predicted YEAR % change in ice cover

27 SCIENCE it’s about…

28 THE GREENHOUSE EFFECT

29 CO2 CONCENTRATIONS ARE INCREASING CO2 in PPM TEMPERATURE Years Parts per Million CO2 TODAY: 387ppm 550ppm? More? EARLY 1900S LAST ICE AGE Where we’ll be mid-century if we keep this up

30 390ppm CO2 today:

31 Where do we need to go from here?

32 CO2 IN THE ATMOSPHERE WE’RE HERE: 387 WE NEED TO BE HERE: 350 PARTS PER MILLION CO2 YEAR

33 THE WORLD NEEDS US TO MAKE CHANGES IN OUR OWN BACKYARD

34 moving away from fossil fuels

35 GLOBAL EMISSIONS STILL RISING 2PPM PER YEAR Total Petroleum Coal Natural Gas Cement Production YEAR MILLION METRIC TONS OF CARBON/YEAR

36 IT MEANS PUTTING UP WIND TURBINES INSTEAD OF COAL PLANTS

37 IT MEANS PLANTING TREES INSTEAD OF CLEAR-CUTTING RAINFORESTS

38

39 that can create new jobs

40 And make our communities HEALTHIER

41 PARTS PER MILLION CO2 YEAR Phase-out of fossil fuel electricity generation by 2030 Improved forestry and soil Reduced oil/gas use GETTING TO 350

42 ADAPTATION MITIGATION TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER FINANCIAL RESOURCES

43 SOURCES – BBC World Service Poll - Hansen, James, et al. Target Atmospheric CO2: Where Should Humanity Aim? Submitted April 7, The IPCC 4th Assessment Report - Baer, Paul, Tom Athanasiou and Sivan Kartha. "The Right to Develop in a Climate Constrained World: The Greenhouse Development Rights Framework" The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change NASA - RealClimate.org Climate Safety - New Scientist -

44 National Centre for Appropriate Technology was founded in 1992 as a not-for-profit organisation to educate the community about Ecologically Sustainable Technologies National Centre for Appropriate Technology was founded in 1992 as a not-for-profit organisation to educate the community about Ecologically Sustainable Technologies Relies almost solely on volunteers and sponsorship –Open to the public and school groups Relies almost solely on volunteers and sponsorship –Open to the public and school groups


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