Due to changing climate, our lake has lost so much water that the boat ramps are now a distance from the water and there are no more water sports or fishing.
I am made so sad by climate change, also angry that politicians still refuse to put a moratorium on fossil fuel mining. Due to changing climate, our lake has lost so much water that the boat ramps are now a distance from the water and there are no more water sports or fishing. We had the fiercest storm we have ever seen recently. I miss seeing the wildlife – in the last 8 months I have seen no roos, wallabies, echidnas, snakes and just one lizard. There have been dead frogs in the garden.
Glaciers are disappearing in the Himalayas, Greenland, Italy, Switzerland, and the permafrost in the Tundra melting. Huge blocks of ice shelf breaking off in the Arctic, causing rising sea levels and an exponential rate of melting of the ice as it becomes thinner. The rising levels are threatening the homes of the Pacific islanders and the Torres Straits Islanders are fighting for their homes. In Australia, the Great Barrier Reef, millions of years old, is dying due to warming seas. Dreadful floods and violent bush fires have caused vast destruction and loss of wildlife. We are losing species due to loss of habitat and climate effect. Rivers are drying up. 500 words are not enough to list everything! A quote: “Nature is party to all our deeds and decisions and she has more votes, a longer memory and a sterner sense of justice than we do.”
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