Wednesday, 15 July 2009

BIG ASIAN RIVERS - BIG MELT


THE BIG MELT
CLIMATE JUSTICE TOUR
AUGUST 10-18


Find out about climate change in the 'roof of the world' and what it means for Australia and Asia.

Hear Pemba Dorje Sherpa, holder of the world record for the fastest climb of Mount Everest, talk about his experience of global warming in the Himalayas. He is joined by environmental lawyer and activist Prakash Sharma, Pro Public Nepal.

Global warming is already having a big impact on Mount Everest and the Himalayas. Glaciers are melting creating floods and danger for the local people. But the big melt also means a big dry as these 'water towers' of Asia lose their capacity to provide water to the giant rivers in the summer months. Eventually rivers like the Ganges in India and the Yellow River in China will lose their dry season flow and the billion people in these river basins will lose their water security.


In the lead up to Copenhagen, the tour will also examine how a global climate action can be developed that will prevent the big melt in the Himalayas and halt global warming.

The tour will coincide with the release of a new Friends of the Earth report:
High Stakes – Climate change,
the Himalayas, Asia and Australia.

Canberra
Tuesday August 11
6.30 PM – 8.00 PM
Johnson Auditorium Pilgrim House Conference Centre
69 Northbourne Ave
Canberra

Sydney
Thursday August 13
6.30 – 8.00 PM
Mitchell Theatre
Sydney Mechanics School of Arts
280 Pitt Street
Sydney

Wollongong
Friday August 14
6.30 - 8.00 PM
University of Wollongong
Venue TBC : check website for details

Brisbane
Sunday, August 16, 2009
4.30 PM – 6.30 PM
Function Room Wesley House
140 Ann St (behind the Albert St Uniting Church)
Brisbane

Melbourne
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
6.30 PM – 8.00 PM
State Library of Victoria - Village Roadshow Theatrette
328 Swanston St
(Use Entry 3, La Trobe Street)
Melbourne

The tour is hosted by Friends of the Earth Australia, with the support of The Intrepid Foundation, the Uniting Church in Australia - Synod of Victoria & Tasmania and Australian Ethical.

For more information contact:
Damien Lawson 03 9419 8700 or www.thebigmelt.org

RSVP (not essential but it helps us know who is coming):
info@thebigmelt.org
MissEagle
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