June 09

Dear Ryde Gladesville Climate Change Action Group Supporters

Great to see so many of you at the 13 June rally. Take a look at some pictures.

Latest US Report Global warming is unequivocally humanly induced and causing current widespread impacts now that are expected to increase said the US Global Change Research Program in its report last week to the US government. Full text here.. http://downloads.globalchange.gov/usimpacts/pdfs/climate-impacts-report.pdf

Be inspired: “This planet came with a set of instructions, but we seem to have misplaced them. Important rules like don’t poison the water, soil, or air, don’t let the earth get overcrowded, and don’t touch the thermostat have been broken. ..If you look at the science about what is happening on earth and aren’t pessimistic, you don’t understand the data. But if you meet the people who are working to restore this earth and the lives of the poor, and you aren’t optimistic, you haven’t got a pulse….. Humanity is coalescing. …Millions of people are working on behalf of strangers, even if the evening news is usually about the death of strangers.” … enjoy environmentalist Paul Hawken’s speech to graduating students. http://www.up.edu/commencement/default.aspx?cid=9456&pid=3144

Join the call for protection for Pacific Islanders from climate change : Oxfam are calling for a strong climate deal to protect Pacific Island communities who are right now experiencing climate impacts in the form of rising sea levels, tidal surges, drought and loss of food crops. Add your voice. http://enews.oxfam.org.au/rp//821/process.clsp?EmailId=123789&Token=2221E2433B09430EFE35ACF80ED25FA12

Have a say in Ryde Council’s plan for 2030: Ryde Council is drafting a major plan for 2030 and is calling for community input on our hopes and concerns. A great opportunity to let Council know that climate comes first and call for sustainable development, renewable energy generation, comprehensive bicycle routes and an orientation to massive carbon reduction. http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/survey.zgi?p=WEB2298RMBM27B. A related project is a community forum to shape the future of Macquarie Park focussing on transport, marketing and environmental sustainability. www.ryde.nsw.gov.au

Did you know? That residents of Ryde LGA emit an average of 22.3 tonnes of greenhouse pollution per person per year? This is a lot worse than the state average of 19.3 and a national average of 18.9. Check out ACFs Consumption Atlas to see how our LGA rates and how to reduce your consumption. http://www.acfonline.org.au/consumptionatlas/

What’s On

Youth climate summit 11-13 July: “Power Shift 2009” for people aged 14-30 in Sydney www.getup.org.au/campaign/powershift

24 October: 350 day Groups around the world will all be holding local events around the theme of 350 which is how many parts per million of C02 is a safe atmospheric level for the climate. Find out more and watch the neat animation http://action.350.org/t/9532/tellafriend.jsp?tell_a_friend_KEY=4869 Save the date for Ryde Gladesville’s magical evening event. More details coming.

Ready cut your emissions by trying cycling to work? 30 August 9am, Monash Park on Ryde Rd, Gladesville: Bike North is leading a Gladesville to City Sunday morning ride to learn the cycling commute route. Easy pace 27km. For details and the whole calendar of rides http://www.bikenorth.org.au/calendar/

Electric buses for the future? 7 July, 7.30pm Victoria Rd Ryde. RSVP 9878 2289

Ryde Gladesville Climate Group Meeting 1 July, 7.30pm Gladesville. Call Jo 9816 3594 or Lynda 9817 0451 for more details.