The Cost of Carbon

‘The Way Forward’ – “This is home…”
Published on on 22 October 2013.

» The different segments of the hour-long Internet-broadcast ‘The Cost of Carbon’, covering six continents, are being uploaded on here:

‘The Cost of Carbon’.
Published on on 22 October 2013.

‘24 Hours of Reality: The Cost of Carbon’ on 23 October 2013 was said to be the world’s largest conversation on carbon pollution with millions taking part worldwide.


In its third year, the broadcast ‘24 Hours of Reality: The Cost of Carbon’ traveled around the globe exploring the incalculable cost of carbon pollution — and exploring one big solution.

The broadcast focused on the six most inhabited continents: Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, South America and North America. Each continent focused on individual stories and climate issues from that region.

In Australia, the focus turned to the impact of climate change on human health, including extreme heat, the spread of infectious disease, food and water-borne illnesses, worsening air pollution and extreme weather.

The Australian Hour was rounded off with a special address from the Climate Reality Project founder Al Gore discussing the way forward and a global call to action.


‘24 Hours of Reality: The Cost of Carbon’:

» Watch the webcast from home, or whereever you are – just click here:

» If you want to participate on social media, the hashtag is #CostofCarbon on both Facebook and Twitter

If you’d like to take action:
» The Australian Conservation Foundation have this petition set up that you could consider signing:

» Programme of the 24 hours:

» Official home page and live broadcast of The Cost of Carbon:

» More info about 24 Hours of Reality:

» Continuous updates about the event:
as well as on this page, which is continuously updated.



The Cost of Carbon: in Australia

Tune into 24 Hours of Reality this Wednesday 23 October. You can watch online anywhere, but going to an event to watch with like-minded people will be more fun. Our brilliant, amazing, wonderful volunteers are hosting events around Australia.

Join them, plus Al Gore, Don Henry, and millions worldwide.

ACF campaigners will feed you morning tea at the Melbourne and Sydney screenings.

Plus there are events at different times in:

NSW: The Blue Mountains, Armidale, Orange, Bathurst, Wagga Wagga, Northbridge 

VIC: Bendigo, Geelong, Frankston, Balwyn East, Box Hill

SA: Adelaide Hills, Gawler, Torrensville

WA: Highgate, West Perth, Karratha, Bentley, South Fremantle 

NT: Alice Springs

…and more! Meet people who care near you. Find an event and RSVP now.



The Cost of Carbon: in Geelong

We will broadcast ‘The Australian Hour’ on at large screen at Beav’s on Wednesday 23 October at 9:30am. So if you live in or near Geelong, we hope you don’t want to miss out. Free entry. Bring food to share.

» Please RVSP on this page so we have an idea of how many to expect

» Inspire your Facebook-friends by joining this event:

‘The Australian Hour’ broadcasted live on large screen — with introduction before and discussion after:
Wednesday 23 October at 9:30 to 11:30am

For those who can’t make it in the morning, we also organise a re-broadcast of ‘The Australian Hour’ at 4pm sharp, at the same place.
Note: The monthly Geelong Green Drinks event starts at 17:30, same place. So you might want to stay for that event as well. If so, then remember to register.

Venue: 77 Lt Malop Street, Geelong


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18 October 2013

Geelong tunes in to global climate event

As a part of the global broadcast of ‘24 Hours of Reality’ by Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project, Citizens for Climate Safety will be hosting a viewing party in Geelong during the hour dedicated to Australia.

The upcoming third annual ‘24 Hours of Reality: The Cost of Carbon’ will be broadcast live around the globe. This year, 24 Hours will look at the price both individuals and communities worldwide are already paying for carbon pollution.

The Australian segment is focused on the huge impact of climate change on human health, particularly due to extreme heat.

The screening of ‘The Cost of Carbon’ with members of the Geelong community will take place at Beav’s, 77 Lt Malop Street at 9:30–11:30am on Wednesday 23 October 2013. The presentation will focus on the current climate crisis and stress the impacts of pollution on Australia. For those who can’t make it in the morning, there will be a a re-broadcast at the same place at 4:00–5:00pm.

“The election showed us that Australians have not yet understood how serious the threat of climate change really is. This is a great chance to talk to local residents about the true price we pay for pollution, and most importantly, to share the fact that we still have time to solve the problem if we act now,” said Anthony Gleeson, spokesperson for Citizens for Climate Safety.

“This is the third time Al Gore and I have worked together on the 24 Hours of Reality event. It’s a wonderful, global broadcast that does truly excellent work in drawing attention to the risks posed to health in rural and regional Australia by rising pollution levels, and what we can do to prevent them,” said Don Henry, CEO of the Australian Conservation Foundation, who is appearing on the broadcast with Mr Gore.

The dedicated Australian segment will feature interviews with people affected by extreme weather, with pre-recorded pieces from Will Steffen, and those who felt the impacts of the Bundaberg floods and the Sydney fires. A live panel discussion will feature ACF’s Don Henry, Professor Anthony McMichael, ANU – Environment, Climate and Health equity, and Gary Cohen of Healthcare Without Harm.

Event details:
Beav’s, 77 Lt Malop Street, Geelong
9:30 to 11:30am on 23 October 2013
Re-broadcast at 4:00 to 5:00pm

For more comment please contact:
Anthony Gleeson
Phone: 0447 619736

Google+ Hangout

This was streamed live on the Internet on 21 October 2013.

Do you have ideas about how the next generation can solve the climate change crisis? What’s preventing them from becoming reality?

On Monday, 21 October 2013, The Climate Reality Project will kick off the largest-ever conversation on carbon pollution with a Google+ Hangout featuring former U.S. Vice President and Climate Reality Chairman Al Gore, singer-songwriter Jason Mraz, Mashable, and Do Something.

The Hangout brings together these leading voices working at the intersection of climate vision, technology, and activism to explore what the climate crisis means for young people today and what the next generation of social entrepreneurs and innovators are doing to solve it.

» Google+ Hangout on 21 October at 12:30pm EDT — which in Melbourne, Australia, is on Tuesday 22 October 2013 at 3:30am


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“When it comes to climate change, the worst effects will be felt years after many people today are long gone. From a self-centered perspective, that makes strict climate policy like saving for a retirement you know you’ll never live to see.
So it shouldn’t be surprising that a new study in Nature Climate Change confirms the fact that the kind of long-term cooperation demanded by effective climate policy is going to be even more challenging than we thought.”

Quote from an article in Time Magazine which put a finger on some of the issues we are up against when trying to advocate for awareness and policymaking for taking action on climate change:

Time – 21 October 2013:
Why We Don’t Care About Saving Our Grandchildren From Climate Change
A new study shows that human beings are too selfish to endure present pain to avert future climate change. That’s why we need win-win solutions now. By Bryan Walsh