MARCHING ON: Ian Edwards with son Peter, wife Camille and father-in-law John Loxley.
MARCHING ON: Ian Edwards with son Peter, wife Camille and father-in-law John Loxley. Contributed

Time to take action on climate change like local family man

AS AN accountant by profession, who has worked extensively overseas before settling in Noosa, Ian Edwards has crunched the climate change figures.

Especially data and reports from the International Panel of Climate Change.

He has no doubt that Noosa, the rest of the Coast and the planet is teetering on the brink of a global warming catastrophe of our own making.

But the 46-year-old's biggest motivation to join the Sunshine Coast Environment Council on the March in March climate change action rally in Brisbane this Sunday is growing right under his nose.

About the same time as he started doing some serious research into global warming, he had his own life-changing event.

"At about the same time my wife Camille gave birth to my son Peter.

"That's the biggest reason for my concerns. It was about becoming aware that we're carrying this massive risk. The generation that's really going to be impacted is my son's."

Ian said he and Camille want Peter to be able to enjoy what they have had.

"We need healthy oceans and to protect the Great Barrier Reef. I don't want him burdened with the costs of dealing with beach erosion, drought, bush fires, and road and bridge repair from floods as a result of too little action now.

"I respect what science is telling us, and we want to see serious leadership from the Australian government. How can we expect developing economies to reduce their emissions if we do not show that we are also prepared to do the hard yards?"

Sunshine Coast Environment Council spokeswoman Vivien Griffin said many people were concerned about climate change, but were unsure how they could be involved. "Attending the March in March rally on Sunday event will show policy makers that the community cares," Ms Griffin said. "This is especially so for the Sunshine Coast, which has been identified as particularly vulnerable to climate change, including impacts on coastal tourism, hinterland bushfires and increased flooding in many regions. "In 2015, world leaders will be deciding the next steps to reduce carbon emissions," Ms Griffin said.  "Australia is required to table its initial proposals by December 2014, and all negotiations to be finalised by December 2015. It is important that our government knows now that Australians are looking for strong action on this issue, particularly for the sake of their children and grandchildren." Ms Griffin said the Environment Council was encouraging people to travel to the 11am rally to be held in Queens Park, George St behind the Treasury Casino, by carpooling or train. "The train goes from Nambour at 8.43 and stops at all stations, arriving in Brisbane at 10.33. We encourage everyone who is going to meet up at Anzac Square at 10.45, so that a strong contingent from the Coast can go to the rally together." Further information on the rally is available by phoning 0407116105 or email climateaction@ scec.org.au.  

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