The world urgenctly needs a Global Warming Agency, which could issue emergency warnings to help people prepare, respond, survive and recover from Global warming.

But we haven’t got one, so people are going to die and their lives are going to be seriously disrupted. (See “Body Count” How Climate Change is Killing Us, by Paddy Manning published this month.)

So I propose we take matters into our own hands and create our own GLOBAL WARMING WARNING. Are you up for the challenge?

To ensure we will be effective please follow the Principles of Effective Warnings or The Australian Principles of Effective Warnings

Please write your GLOBAL WARMING WARNINGS and email me: [email protected] and Ill publish the best ones.

Here’s my first Global Warming Warning.

This is warning number one from the Director General of the Global Warming Authority of Australia issued at 9am January 1, 2020.*

(*Australia doesn’t have a Director General or an Australian Global Warming Authority, sorry.)

It is for all people who live in the Commonwealth of Australia and is effective immediately.

Global warming is affecting Australia and has caused extreme heatwaves, dust storms, increased  flooding, and intense storms during the summer to date.  

The impacts of global warming on Australia witnessed recently include a greater number of deaths of people with chronic illness related to extreme heat and poor air quality, increased bushfire activity which has become more difficult to control; people dying trying to defend their properties from bushfire, increased flooding and coastal erosion leading to an increase in losses of homes and businesses in vulnerable areas and road accident deaths in dust storms.

Everyone is now at risk of the effects of global warming and should take action immediately to avoid the increasingly harmful outcomes that will occur within ten years.

Steps to take immediately to protect yourself from global warming:

Daily global warming advice will be issued at www.globalwarmingauthority.helpmedotcom, and all people should register to receive hazard warnings for their region.

If you are unable to undertake the following activities to ensure your survival, call your local government authority and seek immediate help.

Ensure your home is built to be capable of keeping you cool and comfortable through prolonged heatwaves.

It is too late to install evaporative air-conditioning.

Existing housing that does not meet this global warming standard should be modified to include tree cover; cooler grassy areas; refrigerated air-conditioning; fans, double glazed windows, and an extra bedroom for family and friends who may have to seek shelter with you.

Ensure you can access a reliable source of electricity and gas at a cost you can afford.

People living in coastal areas should access council flood and tidal maps and ensure their homes are outside the five metre rise zone. If you are within this zone, seek qualified advice as to the steps you need to take to prevent your home from being undermined or flooded in future to ensure that you will be able to survive more frequent inundations.

Avoid, where possible, living within 800 metres of a forest. If you do live within 800 metres of a forested area, seek advice from your local council as to how to mitigate the bushfire risk that the forest represents to your life and property.

Access to water may be restricted so residents are requested to harvest 25,000l of rainwater per adult per year and maintain this in an easily accessible storage for use in toilets and the laundry as well as fire fighting activities. You should be able to park your car under a substantial roof at all times, including at work, to protect it from large hail storms and falling trees/branches.

HYOUR HEALTH

You should take steps immediately to maintain a healthy and active body able to survive in prolonged heat, dust, high humidity and smoke.

People with chronic diseases, particularly of a cardio-pulmonary nature or asthma, are likely to experience more severe symptoms during extreme heat waves and periods of poor air quality and should see their health professionals for immediate assessment of problems likely to need treatment in the next ten years.

Women

All women must participate in conversations around global warming in the home, and at community and workplace level.

Children and vulnerable people

Children should be trained to recognise the effects of global warming on their bodies, in particular the impacts and health implications of more extreme heatwaves, and steps to take to survive.

Carers must explain to children and people living with chronic illness or disability the changes they are likely to experience.

Carers must factor in higher costs for those they are caring for.

People living with disabilities must be engaged in conversations about the impacts and implications of global warming on their lives.

Employment

During summer you should prepare now for prolonged extreme heatwaves. These events are likely to last ten to twenty days each summer. It is likely you will not be able to work outdoor during these events. Employers should immediately review workplace activities to ensure all staff are safe and can earn an income during prolonged extreme heat and ensure that their business continuity plans include contingencies for extreme and high impact weather events.

People living in regions where flooding has occurred in the past will have to assess access to their work as increased flooding may result in their roads being impassable for more days than previously experienced.

Livestock farmers must take steps to protect their animals from extreme heat, increased flooding and flash flooding and the consequent isolation from food reserves.

Finances

All people must immediately insure their home, and other main assets for full replacement value.

People must develop contingency plans and build savings to enable them to respond and recover from the effects of events that may currently seem extremely unlikely, as well as the potential catastrophic failure of the national economy.

You will regularly hear this warning through the media. Do not ignore this advice, your life and your community will depend upon it.

Warning number two will be issued when further changes are observed which is likely in the next 12 months.

For further information go to Body Count: How Climate Change is Killing Us.