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					                                                       South West News
                                                       07/10/2009
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                    Now he's a believer
                   MT OMMANEY'S John
                   McDougall is a confirmed cli-
                   mate change believer after tak-
                   ing part in a global warming
                   citizens talk in Sydney, which
                   involved 38 other countries.
                     The University of Technology
                   Sydney hosted World Wide
                   Views on Global Warming on
                   September 25 and 26.
                    Mr McDougall, 65, was one of
                   100 Australians randomly selec-
                   ted to take part in the two-day
                   event before the December UN
                   Climate talks in Copenhagen.
                     World Wide Views aimed to
                   give ordinary people a chance
                   to have their say on global
                   warming and offer solutions
                   to the problem.
                     Formerly of the Royal Aust-
                   ralian Air Force, retired
                   Vietnam veteran Mr McDougall
                   said he had little knowledge on
                   climate change and was a "fence
                   sitter" on the topic prior to the
                   event.
                     "I didn't know a lot about it.
                   You see it on TV, hear it on
                   radio and read it in the papers
                   and that's about it," Mr
                   McDougall said.
                    Now having attended the citi-
                   zens talk, Mr McDougall said he                                                                      RF178322
                   was convinced global warming        CONVINCED: John McDougall says climate change is a major problem.
                   was a problem created by hu-
                   mans and said countries across       Issues discussed included ed to investigate more into
                   the world needed to immedi-         long-term goals and urgency,       alternative technologies such as
                   ately start implementing long-      responsibility for dealing with    wind farms, electric cars and
                   term measures to solve it.          greenhouse gas emissions and       nuclear energy.
                     "We are destroying the planet.    the economics of dealing with        The citizens' views and
                   Scientific results displayed at     climate change.                    recommendations will be
                   the event proved global warm-        Mr McDougall said he be-          presented online at
                   ing was happening," he said.        lieved Australia's leaders need-   wwviews. o rg. au/resu Its.




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