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Australia Day is a celebration of the things that make this country great and at its heart is the natural environment. However, climate change is currently threatening to change our great Australian lifestyle - unless we take action now.
This Australia Day, the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) is asking Australians to consider our great Aussie icons – the Great Barrier Reef, the Murray Darling Basin, Kakadu wetlands, even the great Australian backyard – when we celebrate our national day on 26 January.
ACF will be joining with Australians all over the country on Australia Day in holding nationwide sustainable BBQs. These events will provide the opportunity to celebrate what we most love about the Aussie lifestyle while also acknowledging that many of these very things are under threat from climate change.
So far, more than 40 Australia day bbq's are happening all over the country - from Newtown to Ballarat to Bunbury in WA - with local people having registered their events through ACF's interactive website.
“There are many special places and icons we love and enjoy that make Australia the great country it is, but climate change means we are on the verge of losing some of these wonderful places,” said ACF climate change program manager Owen Pascoe.
“If adopted globally, the Government’s weak target to cut carbon pollution by just 5 per cent by 2020 would mean devastation for the Great Barrier Reef and the Australian Alps and would steer the earth towards catastrophic climate change.
“Australia needs to lift its 2020 carbon pollution reduction target towards the top end of the 25–40 per cent range if we are to play our part in avoiding dangerous climate change and save our icons.
“Australia is especially vulnerable to climate change,” Mr Pascoe said.
“It would be downright un-Australian to allow our greatest natural wonders to be lost because of human inaction to tackle the problems of climate change.”
This Australia Day, ACF is asking Australians to tell the Federal Government which part of Australia you couldn’t bear to lose by participating in ACF’s BBQs for Icons campaign.