Past President, Mary Barry, is part of a cohort of former senior Australian fire and emergency service leaders, who have observed some disturbing trends in the weather caused by climate change.
Earlier this month the Emergency Leaders for Climate Change, launched the Community Protection Pledge, that urges ‘Federal MPs to sign a new pledge consisting of 10 policy commitments to keep Australians safe from worsening extreme weather, fuelled by climate change.’
Read Mary’s Post, watch the video on YouTube, and then go to the website and check to see if your Federal MP has signed the pledge. If not, take action, use the tool and email it them.
It’s confronting to think about how extreme weather events like floods and storms can disrupt so many aspects of our life, and put us all in danger. Even more confronting is the fact that climate change is supercharging these disasters.
The recent spate of floods and storms across Victoria have been horrific. People have died; communities have been left without power for days; homes and businesses have been damaged; and even the state’s largest power station, Yallourn, was taken offline due to flood risk.
Floods and storms, for instance, are occurring in an atmosphere that is getting warmer and wetter, which can hold more water vapour and provide more energy for weather systems that generate rainfall.
That means that more communities across Australia are in for more extreme downpours and destructive storms due to climate change, not to mention worsening bushfires. Often, communities barely get a chance to recover from one disaster before the next one strikes—just ask Gippsland or northern NSW towns that were affected by back-to-back fires and floods.
It’s heartbreaking to think about the anxiety and uncertainty this causes for communities.
No matter where they live, Australians deserve to feel safe; to know that their elected leaders are working to protect them from worsening extreme weather.
That’s why Emergency Leaders for Climate Action—a growing coalition of former fire and emergency service leaders, which I am a part of—have launched the Community Protection Pledge.
A set of 10 commitments targeted at Federal MPs, the Pledge invites MPs to address the root cause of the climate crisis by accelerating efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
It also calls for urgently implementing all 80 recommendations of the recent Bushfire Royal Commission; investing in community preparedness solutions such as warning systems and community resilience hubs; and ensuring that Australia’s infrastructure can cope with more intense weather events.
I hope all 151 MPs will make this commitment to their communities, putting our safety at the top of their agenda. After all, it’s what people expect, and deserve. Click the link below for further details.
For further information go to the website: Emergency Leaders for Climate Action