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Living Ocean Gala Event – 6pm Sunday 10 November 2013, Bilgola Surf Club

Posted on November 2nd, 2013 in Editor's picks, Good causes, Local Colour, News Flash, News Stories.

On Sunday evening 10 November, Living Ocean will be holding a ‘Gypsea’ party at Bilgola Beach Surf Club.  This will be the event of the year on the local social calendar.  Hosted by David Koch, and sponsored by Taittinger Champagne, the event will raise money for Sea Shepherd Australia’s 2013/4 Southern Ocean campaign, Operation Relentless.  There are plenty of great prizes to be won and amazing auction items, including a four day passage on one of the Sea Shepherd ships.  Feast on food prepared by local celebrity chef George Francisco.

 

Kochy will be interviewing Bob Brown (Chairman, Sea Shepherd Australia) , Jeff Hansen (CEO, Sea Shepherd Austrlalia) and Peter Hammarstedt (Skipper of the Southern Ocean Campaign).

 

There will be a great line-up of world class performers and musicians to rock the house including legends like Angry Anderson, Diana Rouvas, Randall Waller, Gordon Reitmeister and Joel McDonald brought to you by Paul Christie’s Rockhouse.

 

Tickets are available online at www.livingocean.org.au/events/november-ss/  or call Kim Hubner on 0404 030 553 by cutoff date Tuesday 5 November 2013.

 

Background

Living Ocean is an Australian registered charity founded in Whale Beach in 2010.  Through community events involving our ocean loving community of surfers, artists, divers, sportspeople, yoga practitioners and others, Living Ocean raises funds and awareness for ocean environmental causes.


Oh dear…. investigation launched into Sydney shark attack claims – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Posted on February 11th, 2010 in Local Colour, News Stories, Surf News, Top stories.

This item can be read in its entirety on the ABC web site. Intriguing to see who was on the scene with a camera too.

Investigation launched into Sydney shark attack claims

By Sean Rubinsztein-Dunlop

Authorities are investigating a surfer’s claim that he was attacked by a shark on Sydney’s Northern Beaches this morning.

Paul Welsh, 46, told a newspaper he had to cling to a rock to fight off a shark that he said had latched itself onto his leg.

Mr Welsh allegedly emerged from the water with a gash to his left leg around 8:00am (AEDT) at the Mona Vale Basin.

A New South Wales Health spokesman says the man had already sold his story to Channel Nine News by the time his wife had driven him to hospital.

….

Police are helping the Primary Industries Department with its investigation. They initially told the media the man had been attacked by a four-foot shark.

Shark spotter Michael Brown earlier told the ABC he was in the water with his 13-year-old son when he saw “a whole lot of thrashing”.

“It’s launched straight up into him, knocked him out of the water and then latched onto his leg, and luckily, he had a chance to grab onto a rock and the shark’s actually thrashing, trying to drag him back into the water,” he said.

“He’s managed to release himself from the shark and crawl up onto the rocks and just had a big bite mark in his leg and blood just streaming out of it.”

Mr Brown said he believed the animal was a two-metre-long great white shark.

As the director of SurfWatch Australia, an organisation that patrols for sharks and charges people for helicopter joyrides, Mr Brown has been agitating against the State Government for greater protections against sharks.

After three attacks in Sydney last year, he accused the Government of ignoring an email that had warned of a sharp increase in shark numbers.

via Investigation launched into Sydney shark attack claims – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).


Surfers’ Code of Etiquette?

Posted on January 13th, 2010 in Local Colour, Surf News, Top stories.

We received a couple press releases related to the Manly Surfers Code of Etiquette signs (designed some years ago by Nat Young). One arrived from a PR agency following publiction of this story in the Sydney Morning Herald. And the second came in from Manly Council.

The crew in our forums have been weighing in on the topic too.

Here’s one we received from Hannah at Five Star PR on behalf of Matt Grainger and Manly Surf School…

In relation to Paul Bibby’s story, published in the Sydney Morning Herald, Wednesday January 13, 2010, Sign of the Times: Council drops in to show who rules the waves and regarding the comments by Mr Ohlbak on the Manly Surf School, Matt Grainger, owner of Manly Surf School has said that any previous tension between local surfers was discussed and resolved at a local surfer’s action group meeting in October.
Manly Surf School students are taught in only one area of the 1.4 km stretch of beach between Manly to Queenscliff and incorporating North Steyne beach. This means there are plenty of waves for locals and learners alike.
Manly Surf School teaches surf etiquette to all its students. It is more likely that the beginner surfers who are in the way of locals are those who have not been taught surf etiquette by Manly Surf School. Many visitors to Manly often hire a board and try to learn to surf by themselves which can cause problems.
Manly Surf School which has been running for 17 years employs locals in each of its surf schools: Manly, Long Reef and Palm Beach. Manly Surf School embraces the local surfers by sponsoring North Steyne and Queenscliff Boardriders. They have an elite program which has helped surfers such as Laura Enever, Davey Cathels, Chelsea Hedges and Nathan Hedge – all professional surfers from the Northern Beaches. MSS is also sponsoring the Summer Series in support of local surfers.

Text of press release from Manly Council:

Manly’s new ‘Surfers’ Code of Etiquette’ signage

The  ‘Surfers’ Code of Etiquette’ signs were designed by Nat YoungManly Council in association with the Manly Surf Club Liaison Working Group and the Manly Surfers Action Group has begun displaying brightly coloured ‘Surfers’ Code of Etiquette’ signage on Manly’s world famous beaches, initially on the walls of the North Steyne Surf Club and the Boat Shed at Queenscliff).

The signs, shaped like surf boards and complete with easy-to-follow illustrations, outline the basic ‘rules’ of surfing etiquette, encouraging surfers to avoid such common mistakes as ‘dropping in’ and ‘snaking’; explaining ‘right of way’ conventions; giving rules for paddling out; and giving safe-surfing tips.

To see what the signs look like, go to this link http://www.manly.nsw.gov.au/Content.aspx?PageID=42&ItemID=471

Manly’s ‘Surfers’ Code of Etiquette’ is based on a ‘Surfers Code’ developed by a NSW Department Sport & Recreation working group comprising surf life saving clubs, board rider clubs (both long and short), body boarding clubs, professional lifeguards, surf schools and local councils.

“All surfers, whether beginners, intermediate or proficient professional surfers, ought to be aware that the waves are for all to share and that even a small amount of consideration will go a long way in making Manly Beach enjoyable for all,” said Mayor of Manly, Councillor Jean Hay.

“The ‘Surfers’ Code of Etiquette’ aims are to promote safer surfing on beaches, to foster a culture of respect and responsibility and to reduce the incidence of surf rage.”

Background:
Manly Beach is one of the most popular surf beaches in Australia, attracting between five- and eight million visitors annually.
Since Duke Kahanamoku first visited Freshwater Beach almost one hundred years ago to introduce surfing to Australia, the sport has become one of the most popular recreation activities in Manly, its associated culture contributing greatly to the development of Manly as a community.
Surfing is in the top 20 participated sports in Australia with an estimated two million Australians surfing during the summer of 2008-2009.
“Surfing is a sport that most members of our community can enjoy, so the surfing community encourages respect of others who are also there to enjoy the beach lifestyle,” said Councillor Hay.
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Wahu Surfer Grom Comps 19-20th December at Dee Why

Posted on December 15th, 2009 in Contests, For the Diary, Local Colour, News Stories, Surf News, Top stories.

Zack Lukas (Cudmirrah, NSW) will be one to look out for in the field of the Under 15s division. photo: PA/Surfing NSW

Calling all kids, calling all kids. Grab your boards and head out to the fifth event of the Wahu Surfer Grom Comps to be held on Sydney’s Northern Beach (NSW) this weekend.

There’s no turning back now with four of the seven Wahu Comps done and dusted. The powerhouse event moves from the Gold Coast to Sydney’s pristine Northern Beaches where the next breed of potential Mick Fanning’s and Stephanie Gilmore’s will take to the water.

The all-grommet event has already seen some excellent results so far, not only here in NSW but all around Australia.

A major focus for the event is the junior development aspect, promoting a fun competitive environment with the seriousness of competing in a surfing contest.

One sure starter taking part is Under 15 boys standout Zack Lukas (Cudmirrah, NSW) who says he thrives on competition whether he’s surfing at Newcastle (NSW), Surfers Paradise (QLD) or this coming weekend on Sydney’s Northern Beaches (NSW).

“I’ve surfed a few times at Dee Why and Curl Curl (both contest location options), but it doesn’t matter where I surf as I’m always up for new and different breaks to take on,” said Lukas, “At the moment all the boys are surfing really well, so I’ll be hoping for some good waves and just try to surf my best”

Featuring Under 9 and Under 11 divisions, the Wahu Surfer Groms Comp events cater for younger male and female ‘micro-grommet’ aged surfers who generally have to compete against older kids rather than kids their own age. The event features a fully professional event setup with computer scoring and commentary giving the competitors a taste of what their surfing heroes are used to on the ASP World Tour.

Surfing Australia CEO Andrew Stark says he’s excited about what the Wahu Grom Competitions have delivered so far.

“These prestigious junior events not only provide a perfect national junior surfing development program for our sport, but they maximise participation of budding ‘micro-grommet’ surfers from all over the country,” said Stark.

Besides the surfing, Lukas says that he loves turning up to the Wahu grom competitions with all that the event has to offer.

“I love mucking around with all the beach games that they (Wahu) provide for us. It’s so much fun and it’s such a good break from competition and watching heats.”

Divisions to be contested include Under 15 boys and girls, Under 13 boys and girls, Under 11 boys and girls, Under 9 parent assist mixed and Under 15 boys and girls Bodyboard divisions.

Apart from the surfing, there’ll be loads of other activities happening on the beach with plenty for competitors to do between heats with Wahu footys, flyers and balls bouncing and flying around left, right and centre. However the fun won’t stop there, with awesome prize packs awarded to respective divisional winners.

The event is mobile on the Northern Beaches with Curl Curl, Dee Why and Long Reef Beaches the event venue options. Competition is expected to get under way each day at 7:45am with the daily running schedule and contest location confirmed on the Surfing NSW Event Hotline (0458 247 212) after 6:45am each day of the event.

Limited entry places are still available across some divisions. To enter, contact the Surfing NSW Office on (02) 9349 7055.

The Wahu Surfer Groms Comp is proudly supported by Surfing Australia and Surfing NSW.

Wahu Surfer Groms Comps Schedule:

Event 1

November 14-15 2009

Newcastle, NSW

Event 2

November 21-22 2009

Ocean Grove, Victoria

Event 3

December 5 2009

Glenelg, South Australia

Event 4

December 12-13 2009

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, Queensland

Event 5

December 19-20 2009

Northern Beaches, NSW

Event 6

January 12-13 2010

Sunshine Coast, Queensland

Event 7

January 23-24 2010

Trigg Point, Western Australia


LATEST NEWS FROM NOOSA – TICKETS NOW ON SALE ON-LINE FOR SURF CITY EVENTS

Posted on December 15th, 2009 in Contests, For the Diary, Just for fun, Local Colour, News Stories, Surf culture, Surf history, Surf News, Top stories.

As the off-beach entertainment for the Global Surf Industries Noosa Festival of Surfing, presented by Golden Breed, heats up, with additions to the program coming thick and fast, tickets went on sale on line last week for four ticketed events to be held at the Surf City village at Lions Park.

  • Richard Tognetti’s The Glide, with vision by Jon Frank and Jack McCoy, promises to be an outstanding performance, combining the master violinist’s twin passions for surf and music. Also featuring Satu Vanska and other members of the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Supported by Peter Howe and Tim Gaze.
  • Noosa Longboards presents Gidget’s Girls Night Out. A perfect retro fit, featuring special guest Kathy Kohner, (the original Gidget), live music, movies and a ‘50s swimsuit parade.
  • Going Vertical. The world premiere of the long-awaited documentary of the shorboard revolution will be a night to remember for surfers of all ages, with Bob McTavish, Dick Brewer and a host of surf stars in attendance.
  • Saturday Night at Surf City, with six great acts, headlined by The Beautiful Girls and Ash Grunwald. The climax to a week of killer entertainment.

Earlybird ticket prices now available, including a Platinum Pass to all ticketed events for just $165.

www.noosafestivalofsurfing.com

Hotline 07 54735676


SURFBOARD ART AUCTION – MANLY – THIS MONDAY!!!

Posted on November 25th, 2009 in For the Diary, Good causes, Local Colour, News Stories, Surf culture, Surf history, Surf News, Top stories.
by Cheralyn Darcey - assemblage artist

by Cheralyn Darcey - assemblage artist

by Marcie O'Neill, Aloha Creative Director

by Marcie O'Neill, Aloha Creative Director

RealSurfers, You could own one of these awesome surfboards. During the Manly Festival of Surfing, around town you may have seen some of these incredible works of art. They have been painted and sculpted by some of the best local artists and they need homes from Monday night – 30 November.

That night, Global Surf Industries will host a live auction at the Steyne Hotel and all proceeds will go to the Disabled Surfers Association and Surfaid.

Global Surf Industries, once again, shows their big heart. This is the second year that they have pioneered this event and donated the 30 free surfboards for artists to paint and sculpt.

AUCTION DETAILS:

To place a silent bid, check them out and make your bid at our on-line gallery!

OR attend the final live auction on Monday 30 November at The Steyne Hotel.

On-line bidding closes 4pm (est) Monday 30 November.
Bids can only be trumped in person at the Live Auction Event:
Level 2, The Steyne Hotel, 75 The Corso Manly
6pm Monday 30 November

Here’s a link to the official Manly Festival of Surfing web site:

http://www.manlyfestivalofsurfing.com.au

by Cheralyn Darcey - assemblage artist by Cheralyn Darcey – assemblage artist
by Roger Harvey - freelance cartoonist working in Manly by Roger Harvey – freelance cartoonist working in Manly
Sanchez Sanchez - Venezuelan born Visual artist, who now works and lives in Sydney Sanchez Sanchez – Venezuelan born Visual artist, who now works and lives in Sydney

See them all in the on-line gallery!

– Shari



Pics: Manly Festival of Surfing kicks off

Posted on November 5th, 2009 in Local Colour, Surf culture, Top stories.

RealSurf’s Don and Shari joined a hardy band of surfers in the paddleout at Manly beach to kick off the Manly Festival of Surfing. It was a pretty ordinary sort of afternoon weatherwise, but the vibe was cheerful and the ocean obliging. Here are a few snaps of the paddleout…

Waiting for the signal to begin the paddleout.

Waiting for the signal to begin the paddleout.

And they're off. The paddleout begins...

And they're off. The paddleout begins...

Holding the mixed waters aloft before paddling out to the centre of the circle.

Holding the mixed waters aloft before paddling out to the centre of the circle.

At the conclusion of the formal opening ceremony, small bottles of ocean water from around Australia were poured into a wooden bowl. These were carried down the Corso to the beach and, somewhat miraculously, paddled out to the circle of surfers bobbing about a hundred metres or so off the beach.

The circle forms.

The circle forms...

The mixed waters join the sea at Manly.

The mixed waters join the sea at Manly.

Folks paddle in and the festival's launched.

Folks paddle in and the festival's launched.


HEAPS DROP IN ON SURFRIDER

Posted on November 3rd, 2009 in Environment, Good causes, Local Colour, News Stories, Surf culture, Surf News, Top stories.
“We All Use The Same Ocean” Message Heard On The Northern Beaches.

“We All Use The Same Ocean” Message Heard On The Northern Beaches.

Over 270 souls turned out to pay respect to the beaches and sea at Surfrider Foundation’s Northern Beaches inaugural annual fundraiser, proving that quite a few of us do indeed respect the fact we all use the same ocean.

Bridging the brief gap between Layne’s annual WCT contribution and the upcoming Manly Festival of Surfing, the event netted an astounding and much needed $16,500, the sum of which goes to Surfrider Foundation Australia, who takes it to the beach in action that runs the gamut from lobbying to preserve surf breaks to beach rubbish clean-ups.

Officially, Surfrider advises it’s a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and enhancement of Australia’s oceans, waves, and beaches for all people, which essentially translates to: a group of people who surf and are keen to give back to something that was given to them. They’re a staggeringly small group and yes, there’s plenty of room for more.

If you missed the festivities this year, don’t in 2010. Think: Tim Bonython films on the big screen, Northern Beaches’ doyenne of funny Wendy Harmer on the mike, Ozzy Wright and the boys (now 5 strong—again) running through Goons Of Doom riffs that got the crowd moving. And prizes partygoers really, really wanted to win. (Just ask supporter Althea who bid for and scored a trip to the Maldives.) Not to mention some notable names in both politics and surfing who also turned up at the Wharf Bar Hotel to show their support.

“I’m absolutely thrilled,” said Surfrider Foundation Australia General Manager Kristy Theissling. “The support and contribution that the Northern Beaches locals gave, both businesses and individuals, was very encouraging. It really shows how much preserving and protecting our beaches means to the community. The crew behind this event all put in long, hard voluntary hours that resulted in a fantastic outcome. We consider the evening a great success and already are looking forward to next year’s.”

A Surfrider membership can be anyone’s for as little as $45 by visiting at www.surfrider.org.au or stopping by their booth at A Day at the Park in Cronulla on 14 November.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Kevin Roche
Ph: 0404 617 563
[email protected]
Awesome sponsors of auction and raffle prizes for “We All Use The Same Ocean” are: Aloha, Coastalwatch, Dripping Wet, EcoDepot, FCS, Line Up, Mambo, Music Shed, Nada Witkamp,
RealSurf, Riley Classic Balsa Surfboards, Rip Curl, Skater HQ, Solid Racks, Southern Ocean Adventures, Sprout Daily, Sydney North Surf School, Surf Stitch, The Green Grouper, Volcom, Whitewater, Wicks, Wind Surf and Snow, Your Food Coach and of course the Wharf Bar in Manly for the use of their amazing venue.


WICKED SURFBOARD ART IN MANLY

Posted on November 3rd, 2009 in For the Diary, Good causes, Local Colour, News Stories, Surf culture, Surf history, Surf News, Top stories.
by Marcie O'Neill, Aloha Creative Director

by Marcie O'Neill, Aloha Creative Director

Manly is definitely no stranger to surfboard displays. But take a walk around town from now until 9 November and you’ll see some pretty unusual looking ones in the windows of local shops and restaurants.

These surfboards have been painted and sculpted by some of the best local artists and will be out on display for you to enjoy throughout the Manly Festival of Surfing.

Then, they’ll go into hiding until Monday, 30 November. That night, the Global Surf Industries will host a live auction at the Steyne Hotel and all proceeds will go to the Disabled Surfers Association and Surfaid.

Global Surf Industries, once again, shows their big heart. This is the second year that they have pioneered this event and donated the 30 free surfboards for artists to paint and sculpt.

AUCTION DETAILS:

To place a silent bid, check them out and make your bid at our on-line gallery!

OR attend the final live auction on Monday 30 November at The Steyne Hotel.

On-line bidding closes 4pm (est) Monday 30 November.
Bids can only be trumped in person at the Live Auction Event:
Level 2, The Steyne Hotel, 75 The Corso Manly
6pm Monday 30 November

Here’s a link to the official Manly Festival of Surfing web site:

http://www.manlyfestivalofsurfing.com.au

by Cheralyn Darcey - assemblage artist

by Cheralyn Darcey - assemblage artist

by Roger Harvey - freelance cartoonist working in Manly

by Roger Harvey - freelance cartoonist working in Manly

Sanchez Sanchez - Venezuelan born Visual artist, who now works and lives in Sydney

Sanchez Sanchez - Venezuelan born Visual artist, who now works and lives in Sydney

See them all in the on-line gallery!

– Shari


NORTHERN BEACHES JOIN THE LARGEST DAY OF CLIMATE ACTION IN HISTORY

Posted on October 19th, 2009 in Can you help?, Environment, For the Diary, Good causes, Local Colour, News Stories, Surf culture, Surf News, Surf politics, Top stories.
For example . . .

For example . . .

2000+ EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD

On Saturday 24 October 2009 Northern Beaches residents will join hundreds of thousands of people from around the world in taking a stand for a safe climate future as part of the largest global day of climate action ever witnessed.

The call to action by both Climate Action Pittwater and Manly Warringah Climate Action Group as well as local surf life saving clubs, and hosted by Pittwater, Warringah and Manly Councils, will spell out the numerals ‘350’ (i.e. 350 parts per million, signifying the safe upper level of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere) via human signs on local beaches.

“People are turning out in great numbers in Australia and around the world on 24 October to call on global leaders to hear the public concern about climate change before the UN talks in Copenhagen in December,” said a spokesperson for the Climate Change Groups.

“Scientists are saying that our current greenhouse emissions at 385ppm are at a dangerous level.
“350 sends a clear message to our community and our leaders that we cannot afford to be skeptical anymore and that we need to set a clear and ambitious goal to work towards at the Copenhagen meeting.
“Individuals and families in every corner of the world will be taking similar action from Mount Everest and the Taj Mahal to the Great Barrier Reef and the Sydney Opera House.”
The Northern Beaches climate action groups have the support of local Mayors, Councils, politicians and community groups who will be gathering at three locations (Mona Vale beach, Dee Why beach, and North Steyne beach) at 3.00pm on Saturday 24 October.

The events are three of more than 2,000 rallies in more than 140 nations coordinated by the organization ‘350.org’ and urging world leaders to take fast and effective action on climate change.
“This is the first global campaign ever organised around a scientific data point,” said the climate change group spokesperson.
“It’s also significant that we organize the human signs on our local beaches as increasing sea levels will see our iconic beaches disappear in the future.
“Everyone has a responsibility in combating climate change. We can each make a difference to reducing our own carbon footprints.
“We are encouraging the residents of the Northern Beaches to register their interest and to join us on this day so that we can to get our world back to 350 and a safe climate future.”
To find out more about ‘350’ go to www.350.org/australia.

To register go to:
Dee Why Beach http://www.350.org/node/7325;
Manly Beach http://www.350.org/node/7523
Mona Vale Beach http://www.350.org/node/7327
Spokespersons to contact include:
Iain McGregor (Manly): 0400 481 259.
Kirsten Evans (Dee Why): 0438 177 088.
Linda Haefeli (Pittwater) 0409 815 119.
To make the sign more effective it would be suitable to wear something black, green, blue or red on the day.
For media information contact Ron Krueger on 0418 617 680.
ENDORSEMENTS
“The gathering of world leaders in Copenhagen for the UN Climate Change Conference in December this year offers what may be the last, best chance for determining concerted action to prevent the worst effects of global warming.
Representing a coastal community likely to be profoundly affected by rising sea levels, Manly Council is committed to developing strategies that promote the conservation of the natural environment to benefit current and future generations; including long term considerations of climate change.
Therefore, as the Mayor of Manly, I fully support the objectives of the ‘350’ campaign and encourage all who love Manly to come along and take part on the day.” – Jean Hay, Mayor of Manly
I am proud to support this initiative and encourage Warringah residents to take a stand on the sand on the day.” – Michael Regan, Mayor of Warringah.
“I encourage Pittwater residents to get behind this great initiative and to send a clear message that we need to limit our emissions to avoid runaway climate change.” – Harvey Rose, Mayor of Pittwater.
“This event is a great opportunity for the Northern Beaches community to show their support for more action on climate change. The lack of public transport on the Peninsula means more cars are clogging up the roads and that has to change. Our beautiful local environment is why we love living on the Northern Beaches and it must be protected for future generations.” – Mike Baird, Member for Manly

“Our coastline and particularly beaches are hugely threatened by rising sea levels and the predicted more numerous and potent storms bought on by climate change and here is an unmissable chance to send your message.” -Brendan Donohue, Surfrider Foundation Northern Beaches Chapter.
“Mona Vale SLSC is proud to be hosting Pittwater’s 350 event. Surf Life Saving Clubs, by their very nature, are particularly vulnerable to coastal erosion and the probable implications of sea level rise. Becoming involved in this public display of climate change action raises the awareness of our 700+ members and their families. Surf Lifesavers and ‘Nippers’ all have a role to play in addressing climate change, and this event is another way MVSLSC is taking action”. – Jon Dibbs – President and Life Member of Mona Vale Surf Life Saving Club.
ABOUT 350.ORG
Founded by author and environmentalist Bill McKibben, 350.org is the first large-scale grassroots global campaign against climate change. Its supporters include leading scientists, the governments of 89 countries, and a huge variety of environmental, health, development and religious NGOs. All agree that current atmospheric levels of greenhouse gases—385 parts per million—are causing damage to the planet and to its most vulnerable people, and that government action at the Copenhagen climate conference is required to bring the earth’s carbon level swiftly down.