HIGHER night-time temperatures and extreme weather events — climate change is happening and it’s human induced, according to environmental action group supporters.
Hundreds of Border residents gathered at Albury’s Hovell Tree Park yesterday as part of a nation-wide co-ordinated event calling for climate change action.
Border organiser Chris Sobey said climate change was happening far quicker than climate scientists thought.
“We only have to look around the world, even here on the Gold Coast, to see how incredibly fast and strong these storms can come in,” she said.
The Wodonga and Albury Towards Climate Health member said it was interesting to see members of the Rural Fire Service at the rally.
“Now that tells you a story that firefighters are worried about it, too,” she said.
“We have seen extreme weather events like the fires and typhoons in recent weeks.
“They must be concerned about what the future may look like as climate change is predicted to make these things worse.”
Mrs Sobey said something needed to happen now.
“We are here in the face of Prime Minister Tony Abbott saying he’s going to get rid of the carbon tax,” she said.
“Mr Abbott probably won’t take any notice of this but it will give climate scientists, local government and state government an idea of how many people are getting worried about it.
“People are believers now and they are getting worried.
“From this climate change the rainfall will move further south and there will be increasing dryness.”
Mrs Sobey said the biggest indicator was the warmer temperatures.
“It’s not the daytime temperature that will increase, it’s the night-time temperature that’s coming up and causing this warmer climate,” she said.
Border residents and environmental groups donned their finest scorching orange and red gear for the rally and they also signed a petition.