Local joins Australia’s climate leaders

With global warming and renewable energy back in the news here and abroad, Alastair Fleming of Mount Macedon was thrilled to have joined more than 500 like-minded people in Melbourne last week, to receive personal training from former US Vice President, Al Gore.

Now trained as a climate leader with Mr Gore’s Climate Reality Project, Alastair is looking forward to presenting and discussing the issues relating to climate change with the Macedon Ranges and neighbouring communities.

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Alastair Fleming of Mount Macedon has been trained to become a climate leader with Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project. Photo: Lucy Fleming

“My journey began more than 25 years ago, whenTimemagazine named the ‘endangered Earth’ its Planet of the Year, and called for ‘a universal crusade to save the planet’,” Alastair said.

“In the ensuing years, as I learned more about the issues, I felt that, although climate change was a global threat, it was distant in time and place, affecting other places and people on the planet and at some point way off in the future.”

“WatchingAn Inconvenient Truthin 2007 changed my view and brought the climate crisis into the here and now for me,” Alastair said.

“Although the damaging effects of climate change are being felt elsewhere on the planet, their effect on the beautiful Macedon Ranges will have an impact before we know it.

“On every continent, extreme weather is severely disrupting peoples lives, and this is likely to happen in the Macedon Ranges as the pattern of more frequent and more severe heatwaves and bushfire conditions intensifies.”

The Climate Reality Project is Mr Gore’s climate change leadership program. In partnership with the Australian Conservation Foundation, TCRP’s mission is to educate the public about the harmful effects of global warming and to work toward solutions at a grassroots level worldwide.

“As part of the training, presentations from a number of experts have helped to build on my knowledge of the issues and I now have access to a worldwide resource of the most up-to-date information and data about man-made climate change, its effects and consequences,” Alastair said.

“Armed with this, I hope to encourage and help people better understand that it is possible to take effective action, and through the choices we make, we are in a position to do it now.”

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