Taronga’s remarkable animals and dedicated staff took action against global warming by getting involved in International Day of Climate Action on October 24.
From the Zoo’s desert dwelling Fennec Fox to the powerful, yet graceful Leopard Seals which live on the Antarctic pack ice, the message was clear, global warming is destroying our planet and greenhouse gas emissions need to be pulled back to a safe level of 350 Parts Per Million.
Global warming is happening faster than ever and humans are responsible. Greenhouse gases are released into the atmosphere and many of the activities we do every day like turning the lights on, cooking food, or heating or cooling our homes rely on energy sources like coal and oil that emit carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases.
This is a major problem because global warming destabilises the delicate balance that makes life on this planet possible. Just a few degrees in temperature can completely change the world as we know it, and threaten the lives of millions of people and animals around the world.
350 is the number that leading scientists say is the safe upper limit for carbon dioxide – measured in ‘Parts Per Million’ in our atmosphere. 350PPM is the number humanity needs to get back to as soon as possible to avoid runaway climate change.
The planet is in its danger zone because we've poured too much carbon into the atmosphere, and we're starting to see signs of real trouble: melting ice caps, rapidly spreading drought, the disappearance of wildlife.
Taronga is committed to safeguarding the future for wildlife. The Zoo has its own water recycling plant and environment committee ‘Taronga Green’ which motivates our staff to constantly improve the way we use our environment with inititives such as book swaps, eating sustainable seafood, recycling office waste and old mobile phones as coltan a mineral mined in prime gorilla habitat is used for mobile phone batteries and devavstating wild primate populations.
You can also make a difference through simple actions such as:
• Recycle and re-use
• Walk or cycle to work
• Use natural light where possible
• Think twice about turning the heater or air conditioner on
• Choose sustainable timber
• Be water wise
• Recycle your mobile phones
• Create a worm farm