7 ideas to help with Climate Change. Oceans and Ice Post Event News

oceanplanet, December 12th 2013

A big thank to the Tasmania Climate Change Office, Tasmanian Climate Action Council and Clarence City Council for making this event possible. We couldn’t have done it without you.


Settling in before the show

Friday night Tasmanian’s around Hobart got together in the cozy Rosny Barn for a breath taking show.The feature film Chasing Ice shows tangible proof that the climate is changing and provides further proof that human behaviour is the main contributor of the speed at which we are seeing changes in our climate.

Following the film Nathan Bindhoff of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) gave us a very honest insight on the long and unstable process that the IPCC has to follow to tell policy makers whats happening with climate change.


Procedure of plenary session: – Agree line by line the text, tables and figures. – What is not agreed is left out….

110 nations, or about 300 delegates from all over the world gather to agree on the wording and final bullets of a 14,000 page document that will become  the Climate Change Summary for Policy makers.

What is not agreed is left out, I’m going to repeat that. What is not agreed is left out. As Nathan said,  this is an “unstable process”.

But, its not all bad news. The IPCC agrees that human influence is “extremely likely” to be the dominant cause of  climate change. Having that out of the way may have taken too many years but there is now “unequivocal” evidence.


“it is extremely likely that human influence has been the dominant cause of climate change”

Its up to individuals to make change. Governments take too long to agree that there is even a problem in the first place.

Do something now

Do something now

Here is a good example of an individual taking climate change into her own hands. Sue  is a citizen scientist and active Southern Coastcare Association of Tasmania member. Sue and the volunteers with SCAT weed, replant, rehabilitate and survey the coast line and unite their community on their changing environment.

Sue’s advise was that as individuals  we should get in the habit of using less whether it be electricity or water, plastics or petrol. And also get involved with our community by attending events like this one and joining groups like SCAT and Ocean Planet.

This event was a great success in raising awareness, providing practical ideas of changes we can make and in obtaining insight on the politics involved with climate change policy. Thank you to each of out speakers and all of our attendees.  We are planning another showing in Glenorchy for early next year. If you haven’t signed up for our news just use the form on the top right of this page to do so.

Easy things you can do today to reduce your impact and combat climate change:

  1. Take 5 minute or less in the shower

  2. buy food grown as close to you as possible The Market Guide- Tasmania

  3. Walk or ride a bicycle in your daily commute

  4. reuse plastic creatively 9-creative-ideas-to-reuse-plastic-bottles

  5. pick products that have less packaging

  6. visit the tip shops before buying new items Recovery Shop – Glenorchy

  7. sign petitions, attend rallies and engage with community groups like Ocean Planet Tasmania, Environment Tasmania and AYCC


  • Luke

    2013-11-20 10:37:34
    This film is increadible!! It brings glaciers to life in a rather shocking way = stunning timelapse photography from fixed cameras shows the massive retreat of glaciers over 2 - 3 years. The film follows the leading man and his crew as they travel the world to deploy and retreive remote cameras. See trailer here: http://www.chasingice.com/
  • oceanplanet

    2013-11-10 21:11:07
    Dear Alice, thank you for raising the issue. We could not agree with you more. Ocean Planet did support the event however we did not organize the balloons and have already passed on grievances about the use of the balloons and asked that they not be used in the future.
  • Alice

    2013-10-29 12:09:31
    I completely support these people showing support for Antarctic environment but handing out balloons. Really? How much do they know about marine conservation and the harmful effects of plastics. Please in the future don't use balloons and read the following links about the damage they do to the environment. http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/society-and-culture/lets-pop-the-helium-balloon-before-we-let-it-go-20111226-1pa00.html http://www.examiner.com/article/balloon-releases-are-detrimental-to-the-environment http://balloonsblow.org/impacts-on-wildlife-and-environment
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  • Bessie

    2013-02-22 08:20:59
    “Stories From The Sea | OceanplanetOceanplanet” was indeed in fact enjoyable and beneficial! In todays universe that’s hard to deliver. Thanks, Jarrod
  • Graham

    2012-12-06 10:49:11
    Hi. Does anyone know where I can obtain online the text of Dr Daniel Pauly's talk at the NSW Parliament on Tuesday 3 December 2012? G