Rally hears we need to tackle CO2

SCIENTISTS say 350 parts per million carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is the safe limit for humanity.

But that line in the sand was crossed some time ago, according to a small but passionate group of climate change supporters at Cotton Tree yesterday.

LB Joum and Des Ritchie were the face of the Sunshine Coast's involvement in Moving Planet Day, joining more than 34 events rolled out across Australia and thousands more in 150 countries around the world.

The day is the brainchild of 350 Australia, an arm of international group 350.org, aimed at supporting the move away from fossil fuels and towards cleaner energy.

"The 350 parts per million? We probably crossed that about eight years ago," Mr Joum said, adding 350 Australia believes the level is currently at 390.02.

Mr Ritchie, who became a climate change supporter 30 years ago - "long before it was cool" - said it was not too late to turn the tables ... yet.

"If we made every possible change right now, it would take us about 50 years to undo the damage," he said.

"But we haven't even turned that tide yet to level out, we are still only making things worse."

Both men said carbon emission policies were only the tip of the iceberg and there was great hidden support for the climate change message.

However, the age of the internet had seen rallies fall by the wayside and replaced by online support.

It's a view shared by Jack and Lesley Dunn, who were among the handful of people supporting the event.

"As a person who uses television as a medium I feel we are inundated with negative views," Lesley said.

"I feel the coverage is very biased and I feel the advertisements aren't telling the whole truths, but people are just believing these messages they are told."

For more information on 350 Australia go to www.350.org.


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