|Climate researcher Terry Dahl at his
North Ward home. Picture: Evan Morgan
plan to highlight the risks of climate change
DANNI SHAFIK, Townsville Bulletin
November 27, 2017 9:31am
A CLIMATE refugee, now living in Townsville, is seeking answers
as the Earths destruction continues to threaten to our future
Climate researcher Terry Dahl, from North Ward, was forced out
of his home 12 years ago in Tuvalu, a Polynesian island nation,
with his wife and daughter.
Originally from Norway, Mr Dahl has been editing Climate News since
2000 and said he had experienced how dangerous climate change could
be, claiming we have to act before it is too late.
After we had to leave Tuvalu, I wanted to learn as much as
possible about climate change, he said.
I wanted to inform everyone of what was happening.
Mr Dahl fears for those left in Tuvalu left with no options for
refuge. Tuvalu is a series of low-lying islands considered to be
extremely vulnerable to rising sea levels.
I could leave, but there are people there that cant,
There are a lot of people who have to move, but for many
they cannot as they have nowhere else to go because of immigration
My wifes family would all like to go. They are afraid
but they arent allowed to come here, so they have to sit there
and hope they are alive the next day.
Mr Dahl said the focus on growth was putting pressure on the planet.
I watch the news and it just says how Townsville has to grow
and the economy must get bigger and better, he said.
We cant say that.
We have to say we are OK now and we cant get more and
more, because that will get us in trouble.
Are we not happy in Townsville? What do we want to grow into?
Why do we want to grow?
Mr Dahl said he would continue to highlight the risks of climate
change to raise awareness and encourage the search for solutions.
We just keep on saying we will do something, but will we?
Mr Dahls concerns echo those of more than 15,000 scientists
from over 180 nations who attracted media attention after co-signing
a paper which expressed fears for the planets future if the
population kept increasing.
All the climate scientists agree, we have a big problem and
we must do something, and we are still not doing anything,
Mr Dahl said people wanted money first and then worried about the
climate later without realising their kids future would be
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