Climate safety is a human right. This is why we believe Centre for Climate Safety must do much more than simply being a centre for climate communication, though communication is what we have focused on and specialised in since our foundation in 2012.
This website currently has an average of 3,000-4,000 visitors per month. It contains over 800 articles and podcast notes-pages.
How do people find it? The top referring sites are Facebook and Twitter. Most visitors arrive via Google from Australia. The United States, United Kingdom and Denmark are not far behind.
Page stats – Most visited pages
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|What we all can do|
|Vision: A popular movement for climate safety|
|The Sustainable Hour podcast|
|Denial and disinformation|
|Why you should be concerned about ‘fracking’|
|Concerned musicians communicate climate problems|
This website was initially launched by Mik Aidt in January 2013 as a ‘Carbon Awareness Hub’ – explained at the time as “an open space allowing participants and readers to explore, compile, share and exchange knowledge about how best to deal with the climate change problems caused by our collective emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gasses.”
Since then we have been on an exciting journey to discover and help develop the best and most efficient solutions to the problems in order to avoid the threats of a total ‘climatepocalypse’ – the meltdown of our world as we know it, which science warns us is about to happen unless we take immediate action and slash our emissions down to zero – and below zero – over the next few decades.
Around Centre for Climate Safety a range of networks initiatives soon evolved, such as the Climate Emergency Declaration mobilisation and petition campaign, Citizens for Climate Safety, Parents for Climate Safety, Bloggers for Climate Safety, Artists for Climate Safety, the Fossil Fuel Free Future network, and more.
These are not organisations, and they do not wish to become organisations, associations or incorporated NGOs. They are deliberately very open, flexible and loosely structured networks of individuals who excel in ‘climate campaign-hopping’, which means: supporting and collaborating with a variety of organisations – such as Friends of the Earth, Lock the Gate Alliance, GetUp, 350.org, Victorian Climate Action Network, Climate Emergency Network, Environment Victoria, Geelong Sustainability, Surf Coast Energy Group, Surf Coast Air Action, Transition East Geelong, Transition South Barwon, Ecosia, and so on – with their specific campaigns and petitions, sometimes protesting against the fossil fuel madness, at other times promoting sustainability, renewables and clean energy, and sometimes both all at the same time.
The centre hosts and runs various climate action websites. Among others, we built the Frack Free Geelong home page, www.frackfreegeelong.org (now archived), www.massmailoutforclimate.org, and the centre has published close to 500 hours of podcasts of The Sustainable Hour which is also aired on FM via the local community radio station 94.7 The Pulse.
On 25 February 2022, the website contained 5.34 GB of data in 21,403 files. This figure keeps growing.
The website functions as an archive for articles, blogposts and podcasts. It also provides an online news source for various local climate activist groups and shared social media pages which we have launched or help updating, such as:
Scoop.it pages (no longer maintained):
» Take action on climate change: www.scoop.it/t/climate-change-action
» Renewables and green hopes: www.scoop.it/t/renewables-and-hope
» Media and climate change: www.scoop.it/t/climate-change-and-the-media
» Arts and climate change: www.scoop.it/t/climate-change-and-the-arts
» Climate change news: www.scoop.it/t/climate-change
Pinterest boards (no longer maintained):
History and background
This website, which today has become a well-known and respected climate news provider and climate action advocacy agency pushing for the transition to 100 per cent renewable energy started out in January 2013 as a ‘digital notebook’ created and compiled by journalist Mik Aidt.
On 31 December 2012, Mik had made a personal pledge to invest as much time as possible in searching and sorting information about climate change and carbon-reduction with the aim to try if he could figure out whether it makes any sense at all for a single individual to begin taking action on these enormous global problems.
Many people are saying: “This issue is simply too big – there is nothing I can do about this that will have any effect whatsoever – so why bother!” And then they try to forget about it entirely and get on with their lives.
As this website will demonstrate, there is no reason it should be that way. It is incorrect that an individuals’ action has no significance, because at a global level we are already close to reaching ‘critical mass’ as far as the numbers are concerned. Millions of individuals have started to take action on climate change at a personal level. Businesses and local groups as well. It is a very fast growing global movement.
The collection of private logbook notes and bookmarks on this website – “thoughts in progress” – are being picked up during conferences, travels and surfing on the web. With time, however, these ideas and the interaction with an increasing amount of bloggers, climate activists and citizens with like-minded concerns over the climate change issues have expanded the activities to numerous platforms on social media, such as Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Paper.li, Scoop.it, and more, all of which have numerous contributors. (See links on the bottom of each page.)
In 2013, we used this slogan: “Everything begins with awareness, and after that, what is most needed is co-ordination,” and it still holds. Today, we focus more on creating awareness of solutions to the energy crisis than on climate change in itself, because this is what we need: motivating and engaging climate action – not just talking about it.
Information about Centre for Climate Safety’s founder, Mik Aidt
Mik Aidt is a 60-year-old journalist based… well, on Earth — our one and only planet. He used to live in Denmark many years. He spent almost four years in Africa, and has visited some 55 countries around the planet. Now he has settled in Australia with his family. He is a father of three kids – Alex, Matt and Eva.
Mik’s New Year’s resolution of 2013 was that he would make a conscious move from seeing himself as a citizen of a country and a city to become a ‘citizen of the planet’, and as such, to focus much more on the well-being of humanity, inspired by the words of R. K. Pachauri, “We are all citizens of Planet Earth, and there is no other place we can go.”
A newcomer in the already over-grown jungle of green business and sustainability reporting, which flows, or rather overflows, with information, he soon realised that information overload is actually in itself a serious problem for the climate action campaigning.
In his blog, he allowed himself to ask all the beginners’ questions. “The renewable energy technology is in place, and millions of people are motivated to make those changes we need to make. So what exactly is it that is holding us back? Why aren’t any of my friends concerned about climate change and about reducing their carbon emissions?”
» Mik Aidt’s blog posts on this website
A moment of truth had woken Mik Aidt up like a slap in the face. It was an interview he watched on Danish tv where the Danish minister of climate and environment was being truthful about how bad the climate problem looks after returning home from a result-less United Nations climate summit in Doha in December 2012, and after the World Bank had just published a report stating that the Earth is heading for a 4°C (four degrees Celsius) warmer world before 2060. Not in some distant future, but before Mik’s own children would reach the age that he has now.
Until humanity has actually fixed this problem with the carbon emissions, it is crucial not only to keep asking questions, but to become part of the solution rather than being part of the problem. So: where are the solutions? What can we do to avoid the worst of the sea-rise, ice-melting and the agricultural catastrophes? How can we make better use of the Internet to push forward that change we need to see?
→ More about Mik Aidt’s booklet ‘The Solution’ on: www.amazon.com
Mik Aidt makes a living as a communicator and a web editor for various organisations, such as culturefutures.org which is an international organisation that works with sustainability within the cultural sector on a global scale. Together with Jonathan Wright, he runs Geelong Media, which primarily produces home pages, videos, social media campaigns and e-learning courses for green organisations.
In 2012, he spent time on focusing on what Danes and Indians could learn from each other when it could to green thinking, and green technology, and whether we could inspire some co-creation between the two people, in particular focusing on the younger generations. As such, indiadenmark.in focuses on co-creative projects among Danes and Indians with a focus particularly on sustainability and social responsibility.
For many years, Mik ran a blog about visions for Denmark and ‘The Danish Dream’ — in Danish language — and he has edited, written for and managed a number of international websites, most notably artsfreedom.org about artistic freedom of expression, and freemuse.org about music censorship, both of them leading in their field at a global level.
Momentum for change
“We can in fact change. Change for good. It involves all our innovative energy…”
~ Quote from a video produced by the UNFCCC secretariat, The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol, also known as the Climate Change Secretariat
When a UN video has only been viewed around 5,000 times since 2011, it becomes obvious that to actually create such a “momentum of change” which humanity is in need of isn’t easy – not even when your name is the United Nations. They since removed the video.
In June 2015, Pope Francis published his encyclical letter Laudato Si’ which in strong words told humanity to change its ways and stop polluting the air. In October 2018, the United Nations’ Panel on Climate Change, IPCC, published their landmark Special Report, which stated that the climate emergency “requires rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society.”
So… how do we get started to create that massive change which is required of us?
We have some ideas. And we’d like to hear about yours. You are invited to comment on the pages of this website.
Contact Centre for Climate Safety: send an email to us.
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