Four-year-old Zara Bruce, of The Channon, took full advantage of Saturday’s hot weather to float past Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell in a mock-up scene representing the effects of global warming and rising sea levels.
Four-year-old Zara Bruce, of The Channon, took full advantage of Saturday’s hot weather to float past Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell in a mock-up scene representing the effects of global warming and rising sea levels. David Nielsen

Living with global warming

LISMORE mayor Jenny Dowell got a first-hand taste of things to come if sea levels continue rising because of global warming.

Posing for photographers at the Lismore Memorial Baths to get the message out that global warming spells catastrophe for coastal communities, Cr Dowell said not enough was being done to stop climate change.

“I hope at Copenhagen some global direction will be found,” Cr Dowell said.

She also said actions of individuals to reduce carbon emissions were important.

Cr Dowell said the Lismore City Council was doing what it could to reduce global warming through its climate change fund.

The fund ensures savings made by council through the installation of solar panels and water tanks is reinvested in more carbon-reducing technologies.

The mayor spoke after participating in the Walk Against Warming held in Lismore and in cities throughout Australia and the world on Saturday.

Lismore walk organiser Tamlin Mackenzie, an environmental educator, said it was about sending a clear message to Canberra.

“Everyday Australians think climate change is important,” Ms Mackenzie said.

Ms Mackenzie said the Government needed to act by setting an emissions target of 350 parts carbon per million. This is the generally accepted level at which man-made global warming would be stopped.

About 200 people marched through the CBD to the Memorial Baths to raise awareness about climate change and rising sea levels.

The event was timed to coincide with the Copenhagen Climate Change Summit being held in Denmark until Friday.




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