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OPINION: Climate change a harsh reality

NEVER has there been a more complicated, complex and frightening topic to address.

Climate change is one of those "buzz” words that you either have a strong opinion about or you are just sitting in the dark trying to make sense of all the facts, figures and opinions.

I recently attended the climate action conference held in Stanthorpe and it made me question where I stand on the climate change debate.

I am not going to pretend I know every detail about climate change, but after last week's conference I have a better understanding of it and the implications.

There can be no argument that the Earth is getting warmer and, at an alarmingly fast rate.

There has been a great deal of debate as to the cause of this, but most scientists agree it is you and me, the human race that is causing this warming.

So why, if the facts are staring us in the face, is there any reason for debate?

My scepticism regarding climate change, was that I believed and still do, the climate has always changed.

I remember learning about the Ice Age. That catastrophe was in no way caused by man, so doesn't it follow suit that this is just Mother Nature proving who is boss by delivering another climate event. Well yes ... and no. And you wonder why people are a little sceptical and a lot confused.

What I did take away from the conference is that no matter who we are or what we do, the time to act is now. We don't have to be extremists - start small.

Why not try recycling? Take a walk instead of starting the car. Turn off your electronics when you aren't using them. Consume less. Have a discussion on this topic and don't be afraid to listen and learn.

No matter what side of the fence you sit on, you can still do your bit to protect this earth.

"We don't own the earth. We are the earth's caretakers...we take care of it and all the things on it. And when we're done with it, it should be left better than we found it.”

- Katherine Hannigan

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