AUSMEPA eNewsletter Autumn 2016
Produced by the Australian Marine Environment Protection Association (AUSMEPA), the guide provides a series of activity and event planning tips.
Louise Stone of the Mapoon Aboriginal Shire Council said that their group recognised the importance of engaging the next generation in caring for the local environment. To download click here
.... by Bob Winters, AUSMEPA consultant and environmental education expert
Why is CSIRO placing half of its Climate Change resources into adaption research?
The sea is experiencing faster changes due to climate change than the land. These sea changes are quite dramatic along the south east of Australia with the startling movement of tropical fish and marine pests moving south. Only some of the implications can be predicted. However fisheries using these waters may be finding out very soon. Their options are to go out of business, find something different to fishing or move away from where they operate. These types of adjustments are being referred to as Adaption to Climate Change.
Starting to adapt accepts that Climate Change is with us and will have a progressive impact over time. The implication is that we can no longer avoid the impact of climate change. While planning for a lower carbon future, humanity must also plan for a warmer world and all the implications that these changes might have.
It is critical that adaptation to Climate Change needs to be included in current and future policy and planning. Climate change will have serious impacts on Australian agriculture if we don't adapt. Coastal erosion and flooding will accelerate. Some forms of mitigation such as sea walls will have significant impacts on coastal ecosystems.
Environmental education – Helping people to reduce their impact on the environment, use resources wisely as well as conserving species, wildlife and ecosystems.
Sustainability education – Helping people to live a more sustainable lifestyle and demonstrating how we can live sustainably on a global scale so people in the future have the resources and ecosystems that we enjoy and use now.
The next evolution will include adaption education – This is helping people to adjust to a changing world driven by climate change (and could include other issues such as population growth). It will help people better understand some of the alternative mitigation strategies. For instance we may need to minimise the impact of mitigation projects such as sea walls. This could be achieved by designing these structures as habitats.
The research CSIRO wants to achieve by focusing on adaption to Climate Change should provide Australians with many tools to make informed choices about how they could adapt.
Adaptation education is helping people to adjust to their future world. It works alongside what we have been doing with environmental and sustainability education. The education package has just become broader.
CSIRO has announced they are cutting their Climate research by 50%. Some newspapers have gone on to explain that the cut funding will be redirected towards research to help Australians adapt to climate change.
Coral bleaching is currently an important issue in the media and in the warming waters around Australia. Teachers, you don't need to reinvent the wheel! AUSMEPA already has a Curriculum Unit of Work "The Effects of Climate Change on Coral Bleaching" . It's all copyright free, online and is linked to the Australian Curriculum.
Reflecting our nation's key role in international shipping, AUSTRALIA was re-elected to the Council of the international Maritime Organization (IMO) on 27 November 2015.
[Australia is a founding member and supportive of the IMO since 1959, more than 45 years]
Australia has contributed to the development and implementation of international standards on maritime safety, security and pollution prevention.
Our economic prosperity is reliant on safe, secure and efficient shipping. Indeed, shipping has long been undervalued as a vital element to our economic interests, with almost all the goods we trade arriving or departing by sea.
Although written in 2011 you can find a particularly informative and easy to read document related to shipping and the environment here.
A newer report that is very detailed, the Third IMO GHG Study 2014 Executive Summary and Final Report can be found by clicking here
To view information on SeaLink click here
Click here to see more on Svitzer's new agreement.
AUSMEPA is a not-for-profit supported by leading maritime companies, individuals and organisations. Funds raised are used to create no-cost, innovative and practical educational resources for schools, seafarers and other users of the marine environment. click here to read more
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