After having our first attempted comment at Kevblog rejected, we are running another one up the flag-pole to see if Kevin salutes:
How can we make Australians more aware that we need to act on climate change now?
Wow, now there’s a tough question to start off with.
First of all, it would be a mistake to mislead the Australian public by saying things like “We need to act fast because Australia is the hottest and driest continent” when in fact South America and Africa are hotter, and Australia ranks second for fresh water per capita.
That way, you lose credibility. Take my word for it – just don’t do it.
It would look even worse if you called climate change the greatest challenge of our time and then decided to put off the CPRS a year or so.
It might be in the best interests of Australia, but it would look bad when it comes to trying to convince others that they have to act now. Not criticising, just saying is all.
Another thing not to do, would be to lead an expedition to the Arctic to raise awareness about climate change. The last few people who tried it have been pretty much iced in. All this does is raise awareness that much of the anthropogenic global warming talk is not being replicated in nature.
Similarly, people need to be convinced not to go outside or travel to the snow or find out about the Nenana Ice Classic held each year in Alaska. These things could shatter their belief.
Another thing you need to do is ignore the IPCC’s prediction that 50 million people will be climate refugees by 2010, with many Pacific islands flooded. If people travel to these places, they will think that AGW just isn’t really everything the scientists claim it to be.
Sorry I can’t provide some more positive suggestions at this stage, but it here's hoping it's a start.