The Challenge

Save the planet on your own turf, on your own terms, in your own time!

What

Our goal is to help people across Australia act locally, and have an impact globally!

The climate challenge is a 15-day challenge where participants pick up rubbish for a certain amount of time per day, each representing an environmental statistic! Over the 15 days, you or your team will spend 414 minutes picking up rubbish which is the amount of Carbon Dioxide (ppm) in the atmosphere as of June 2020, a massive increase from the 280 ppm at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution (Buis 2019).

The 15 days of the challenge also represents the maximum 1.5 degrees Celsius recommended global temperature increase above pre-industrial levels (IPCC 2018).

As you pick up rubbish around your neighbourhood, friends, family and neighbours can sponsor your efforts to improve the local environment. The funds raised go towards solutions, communities and people on the frontlines to fight climate change, magnifying your impact globally!

We’ve found as you start picking up rubbish, you’ll start to notice it more and more and become aware of the issues of littering and dumping. By planting the seed in people’s mind as you set an example it makes everyone more attuned to the issues we face and create in environmentalism, even in our own backyard.

When

27th of September to the 11th of October 2020

Why

As young people, we often find ourselves feeling anxious and helpless about the fate of our future and planet. Our challenge provides a way for people from all backgrounds and ages to make a difference and raise awareness for climate change, not only in their neighbourhood but around the world.

References

Buis, A 2019, ‘The Atmosphere: Getting a Handle on Carbon Dioxide’, Sizing Up Humanity’s Impacts on Earth’s Changing Atmosphere: A Five-Part Series, vol. 2, 9 October, viewed 14 August 2020, <https://climate.nasa.gov/news/2915/the-atmosphere-getting-a-handle-on-carbon-dioxide/>.


IPCC, 2018: Summary for Policymakers. In: Global Warming of 1.5°C. An IPCC Special Report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways, in the context of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, sustainable development, and efforts to eradicate poverty [Masson-Delmotte, V., P. Zhai, H.-O. Pörtner, D. Roberts, J. Skea, P.R. Shukla, A. Pirani, W. Moufouma-Okia, C. Péan, R. Pidcock, S. Connors, J.B.R. Matthews, Y. Chen, X. Zhou, M.I. Gomis, E. Lonnoy, T. Maycock, M. Tignor, and T. Waterfield (eds.)]. World Meteorological Organization, Geneva, Switzerland, 32 pp.