President's View Aug 2018

With international news articles this month depicting deaths due to heat stress in Bangladesh and Canada, flooding in Japan, a coastal village evacuated in Innaarsuit Greenland due to a massive detached iceberg threatening to cause tsunamis, unprecedented forest and scrub fires in Sweden ,Greece,USA and Canada and this week’s wind destruction across Victoria, it is obvious that global warming is driving more and more extreme weather events. Ian Rossiter

These events however receive little interest from politicians and media unless they are seen impacting directly on Australians. The cause and effect of burning fossil fuels is well understood generally by the public, however because the impacts of increasing greenhouse gas concentrations in our atmosphere are delayed by decades, there isn’t a sense of immediacy to take action.

We have seen our community rally to the crises of water scarcity during the millennium drought (1996 till 2010) and single use plastic environmental impacts. How do we mobilise Australians to take action on climate change? 

With the Ballarat Farmers Market now being organised and delivered by Steve Burns, BREAZE volunteer resources can be allocated to events and activities that build awareness of the the causes and impacts of climate change and actions that our region's population can take to reduce emissions and address the challenges faced due to the 1 degree Celsius average global temperature rise that has occurred over the last 50 years. 

BREAZE remains active with its monthly Smart Living Ballarat lunchtime workshops at the Ballarat Library, the Community Power Hub Ballarat program and Sustainable House Day (Sunday 16 September). I encourage readers to assist us with this event by opening your home, volunteering to assist at the open homes or getting around to the open homes in the region. (for information see http://www.sustainablehouseday.com)

The Board is keen to take a lead role in organising GREEN DRINKS by BREAZE. The international activity for people with an interest in environmental sustainability occurs regularly in pubs and cafes around the world to allow like minded people to share ideas, collaborate and learn. After consultation with that previous organisers, who have made Green Drinks such a success in the past, we are re-launching an evening event in Ballarat, which will be held on the first Thursday in the month, at The Main Bar.