The Climate Action campaign is an initiative by SCEC focused on broadening Sunshine Coast residents’ awareness of climate change issues, and encouraging them to become involved in climate action to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions.
There is consensus in the scientific community that as a result of our increasing greenhouse gas emissions (carbon dioxide, methane and other gases), we are on track to cause catastrophic changes in the earth's climate that will affect generations across all nations and all sectors of the economy. Beautiful icons such as the Great Barrier Reef are seriously at risk.
The five hottest years on record have all occurred since 2010 according to both NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA), with 2016 ranking the hottest year to date, with 2017 following closely behind. The world has warmed up by a bit more than 1 degree Celsius since 1880, and despite the year-to-year variability due to climate patterns like El Niño which tends to increase global temperatures, chief scientists from NOAA say the long-term trends are very clear. In fact, 2017 ranked among the hottest years on record, even without an El Niño which spiked temperatures in 2016.