Climate stories

I don't need scientists to tell me that the climate is changing. I have felt it for myself.

Hans’s story

Castlemaine, VIC

  • Heatwave

I was born in 1955. I moved from Brisbane to Melbourne permanently in 1975 partly to get away from the Sub-Tropical conditions.

I had lived in Geelong in my early childhood and Werribee for two years in the early 70s. In 1996 and every year after that I noticed the weather becoming more humid around October and November.

By the following February the ‘normal’ dry heat of summer returned. This was a novel experience. Ever since we have had high rates of humidity like Brisbane summers almost every year. Even when I moved to Castlemaine the sub-tropical heat seemed to follow me. Now it can be hot and humid in January and February.

In the last year I have experienced ‘horizontal’ rain coming from the north twice. For some years we have experienced dry ‘cool changes- something that just never happened in my childhood in Victoria. Torrential rain is now a regular feature of life in Castlemaine.

I don’t need scientists to tell me that the climate is changing. I have felt it for myself.

Climate change is harming us all

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Graeme's story


  • Fire
  • Heatwave
  • Storms

Compared to first part of my 70 years Australia is now ablaze somewhere anytime of the year.

Bushfires. Floods. Heatwaves. Disease.

People all across Australia are being harmed by climate change. These are some of their stories.

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