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Blue Mountains Conservation Society
Our mission is to help conserve the natural environment of the Greater Blue Mountains
and to increase awareness of the natural environment in general.
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IPCC Special Report Cover of the IPCC Special Report
       IPCC Special Report - "Global Warming of 1.5°C"

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has published a special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways.

The report finds that limiting global warming to 1.5°C would require “rapid and far-reaching” transitions in land, energy, industry, buildings, transport, and cities. Global net human-caused emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) would need to fall by about 45% from 2010 levels by 2030, reaching ‘net zero’ around 2050.

Limiting warming to 1.5ºC is possible within the laws of chemistry and physics but doing so would require unprecedented changes,” said Jim Skea, Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group III.

Here's the IPCC Special Report.

We have so many ways to pursue a healthy climate – it’s insane to wait any longer - from The Conversation.

The IPCC is the leading international body for the assessment of climate change. It was established by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in 1988 to provide the world with a clear scientific view on the current state of knowledge in climate change and its potential environmental and socio-economic impacts.

Trish Doyle Blue Mountains MP, Trish Doyle
A Cleaner Greener NSW and Blue Mountains
2019 State Election

The Society launched its 2019 State Election Campaign on 31 October.

Read the Gazette article.

The well attended event in Lawson heard Kate Smolski, CEO of the Nature Conservation Council of NSW present an overview of the key environmental issues across the state, and its policies for the 2019 NSW election and beyond.

Download Kate's presentation. [13MB PowerPoint Show].

The Society presented its activities and campaigns that are influenced or affected by the NSW State Government's policies and legislation.

Download the Society's presentation. [14MB PowerPoint Show].

The major parties were invited to send a spokesperson to say a few words at the meeting and to answers questions from the audience. The Greens and Labor accepted this offer.

Madi Maclean Society President, Madi Maclean
Tara, Paul and Kate Senior Vice President Tara Cameron,
Bushcare Officer Paul Vale and
NCC CEO Kate Smolski
Justin Field and Trish Doyle Justin Field, Greens MLC and
Blue Mountains MP, Trish Doyle

Here's the NCC's A Cleaner, Greener NSW - Policies for the 2019 NSW State Election and Beyond document. [13MB pdf].

Click images to see larger ones. All Images by Alan Page.

Charles Massy Call of the Reed Warbler - Charles Massy
2018 Mick Dark Talk for the Future
Charles Massy

held on
Thursday, 8 November at Wentworth Falls

Charles Massy - It's time to wake up:
Can regenerative farming save both the planet and human health?

Charles Massy is a landscape manager/farmer, part-time university lecturer, and author. Following three books on Australia’s wool and Merino industries, he completed a PhD in 2012 following his concern about land degradation and humanity’s sustainability challenge.

This led to his new book, Call of the Reed Warbler: A New Agriculture – A New Earth, which concerns the emergence of a regenerative agriculture in Australia and its positive implications for both addressing humanity’s Anthropocene* crisis and also for human health.

Here's Charles's TED talk at Canberra.

First held in 2015, the annual Mick Dark Talk For The Future is a joint venture of Varuna, the National Writers House, and the Blue Mountains Conservation Society.

* - The Anthropocene is a proposed epoch dating from the commencement of significant human impact on the Earth's geology and ecosystems, including, but not limited to, anthropogenic climate change.

Kowmung River
Kowmung River - a declared wild river  (Ian Brown)
Save The Blue Mountains Wild Rivers

The NSW government has announced it will introduce legislation to allow the temporary flooding of national park land resulting from the raising of the wall of Warragamba Dam.

If the dam wall is raised, 4,700 hectares of World Heritage listed National Parks and 1,800 hectares of declared Wilderness Areas will be forever scarred from sedimentation, erosion and invasion of exotic plants.

Raising Warragamba Dam will inundate 65 kilometres of Blue Mountain's wild rivers.

The legislation will amend the National Parks and Wildlife Act.

You can show your support for protecting our Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage area by donating to Wild Rivers campaign to stop this and by signing the petition.

Watch this video

For more information, go to the Save The Blue Mountains Wild Rivers website

Jeremy Buckingham - The Gardens of Stone
Jeremy Buckingham - The Gardens of Stone
Protect the Gardens of Stone from destructive coal mining

"Who agrees that we can't let a coal mine destroy this unique Australian landscape?" asks NSW Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.

"The Gardens of Stone on the edge of the Blue Mountains near Lithgow will be destroyed if coal mining is allowed to go ahead."

"Here I am standing on the precipice of the sandstone pagodas in this beautiful Australian bushland that could be ruined through subsidence caused by longwall mining techniques - where they deliberate collapse the earth as the mining machine moves along the coal face. As the age of coal comes to a close, we should not be risking such incredible areas."

Watch this video

See our campaign site on the Gardens of Stone

Leave Radiata Plateau Wild video

Sitting on the southern escarpment, Radiata Plateau (also known as Elphinstone) with its outstanding topography is the last remaining undeveloped peninsula-plateau in the upper Blue Mountains.

Home to rare and threatened species, culturally significant and a magnet for the local outdoor community, Radiata Plateau, towering high above rolling valleys has been in the making for millennia.

See more on our Leave Radiata Plateau Wild pages

No Western Sydney Airport bumper sticker
No Western Sydney Airport bumper sticker
No Western Sydney Airport

The Society believes that the Western Sydney Airport and its attendant infrastructure and associated industries poses a very real threat to the GBMWHA. And as a result, the Airport is a threat to the Blue Mountains communities, tourism and businesses.

The principal impact on the GBMWHA and Blue Mountains communities of the proposed Western Sydney Airport is aircraft noise.

See more on our campaign against Western Sydney Airport