A window of opportunity:
Australia can win jobs and wealth by exporting renewable energy and becoming a renewable energy superpower.”
Australia stands out, glowing orange on this world map of “wind and solar generation potential”. We have abundant, top-quality renewable energy and more. So we have some advantages over our competitors for this economic prize.
The global energy transition is underway. It’s an enormous global wealth-generating opportunity, driven by the plummeting costs of renewable energy. Australia should rapidly expand renewable energy generation to grasp a more prosperous future, with secure jobs and cheap, reliable electricity.
So, it is in Australia’s short-term economic interest to promote the global effort to tackle climate change.
Private industry is already providing the green-shoots of this transformation, despite the Coalition government demonizing renewables.
See more about Australia as a renewable energy superpower.
The great energy disruption
We have seen disruptive technology before, like the moves to digital pictures and mobile phones. We are now in the middle of another much larger disruption. The continuing exponential fall in the costs of solar panels and battery storage is just part of this. Economics alone is driving this disruption, not environmental concerns.
See Tony Seba’s video: The Clean Disruption of Energy & Transportation.
It is this revolution that is opening a window of opportunity for Australia, the opportunity to become a renewable energy superpower.
Evidence of human-caused climate change
Look at the evidence, the key measures of the health of our planet. The evidence is in: humans are causing climate change.
For example, the above orange line shows the movement of carbon dioxide levels in our atmosphere over the last 400,000 years. On the right, you can see how the carbon dioxide level has sky-rocketed during our industrial age.
They are causing our climate emergency.
Solutions to Climate Change
We need to rapidly reduce the soaring levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gasses. The technology to do this is ready.
See more about solutions to climate change.
Convergence: The Basis for Scientific Confidence
Scientists are certain that we are experiencing human-caused climate change because many independent lines of research converge on this conclusion. See more about Convergence.
The firm scientific consensus is that humans have burned vast amounts of fossil fuel and forest, leading to:
. sky-rocketing carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere,
. global warming, and
. climate change.
The critical danger: Amplifying feedbacks
There are many dangers posed by climate change.
The critical danger is that the current global warming could kick off a vicious cycle of escalating temperatures, with warming causing more warming, and this warming causing more warming, and so on. The above phytoplankton feedback loop is one of these cycles. See more about this critical danger: amplifying feedbacks.
Climate Change: The Facts
Climate scientists explain the impact of climate change on humans and the natural world. Narrated by Sir David Attenborough for the BBC.
Climate change: The Facts: ABC TV programs: 57 minutes
Find your own way to take action pushing for action to limit climate change.
Updated 17 Sep 2019