CLIMATE change remains the most defining issue of our time, and its impact has never been greater on so many people as what it has in recent times.
Regardless of whether you accept the science that confirms our climate is changing and human activity is having a faster and greater impact than at any other time in recent history, times are a-changing.
Australian Community Media, as publishers of this newspaper and more than 160 others across Australia, has noted the calls from regional Australia for more information and stories about climate change and how it is affecting the environment.
This summer's horrific (and ongoing) bushfire season, followed by more recent extreme wet weather events serves to sharpen our focus, and attention, on an issue destined to shape our future.
Importantly, our readers are keen to know what can be done to help the environment.
We all have a role to play and an obligation to one another as well as future generations, to take better care of the environment.
Accordingly, ACM will shortly launch Green Shoots, a newsletter dedicated towards helping our audience gain a better understanding of the impact climate change is having on the environment, and the work people in communities across Australia are doing to help tackle climate change.
Australians are crying out for genuine leadership and progress on the issue of climate change, and for meaningful action.
Whilst Australia might not be the world's greatest contributor to climate change, we do play a very pivotal role in adding to the problem, by any number of measures. Our obligation to try and slow the increase in carbon emissions we produce or export is one we cannot duck.
The overwhelming need to invest more into cleaner, greener technologies and renewable energy sources that are more sustainable, affordable and practical has never been more apparent.
We encourage readers to keep an eye out for Green Shoots, and to be inspired to do whatever they can to take better care of our environment.
After all, it's the only one we've got.
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