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Walk to highlight Sea level rise: Port Philip Bay

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on November 11th, 2009

Source: Friends of the Earth Melbourne

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The Port Philip Rising group is going to walk the eastern side of Port Phillip Bay in Victoria and highlight the impacts of sea level rise on people, communities and landscapes along the way.

Sorrento – Port Melbourne – November 21 – 27 2009

…The sea is already rising at an increasing rate because of climate change. Scientists are predicting seas will rise globally by more than a metre by the end of this century, and perhaps much more. For example, melting of the Greenland ice sheet is accelerating, it contains the equivalent of about seven metres of sea-level rise. Around the world many thousands of communities will be lost and hundreds of millions of people will be displaced….

Leaving Sorrento on the Mornington Peninsula, they will head north along the coast, marking the one metre level where possible with a simple marker (a stick with piece of blue ribbon).  They will walk between 15 and 20 kilometres a day, and welcome people and organisations to join in for sections of the walk, which will conclude in Port Melbourne. Early next year the walk will continue along the western side of the Bay.  During the walk, they will collect images and video grabs of people and places asking them to explain their concerns about climate change, sea level rise and what they want to see the state and federal governments to do; including Kevin Rudd at Copenhagen.

News, stories, images and video will posted as they go,  so visit the site often or sign on for updates.

The walk has been initiated by Friends of the Earth Melbourne in partnership with the Victorian Climate Action Centre.

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