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Witness King Tides

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by Debra Lidster (subscribe)
Debra, a stay-at-home mum of three, loves experiencing and sharing all that Brisbane has to offer; especially southside secrets.
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Witness King Tides

If you have an interest in photography and the environment, then this is for you.

Green Cross Australia, an affiliate of Green Cross International (founded by former President Mikhail Gorbachev), is asking people along the Queensland coast to take photographs of king tides. The next king tides will occur from January 19th to 22nd, 2012. Sunday morning is the best time to take photos in most locations, including Brisbane.

King tides are higher than usual tides that occur naturally twice a year and are predicted in the tide book.

What Will The Queensland Coast Look Like In The Future?

Gold Coast
Gold Coast

This is the question posed by Green Cross. Although king tides are not caused by climate change, they can show us what our coastlines might look like in the future as sea levels rise due to climate change.

Sea levels are predicted to rise by between 18-79 cm or more this century, as stated by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. According to CSIRO, within the next fifty years, king tides could be occurring every month instead of twice a year.

Green Cross wants to create a photographic database, that will allow communities to plan and prepare for a future with higher sea levels.

How To Participate

Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast
You can take part by registering online here. Next, find out when the king tide will hit your area so that you can capture the occurrence with your camera. Then, upload your photographs on the Green Cross website.

The best photos may be chosen for an exhibition at the Bleach* Surfing the Fringe Festival on the Gold Coast.

Green Cross' tip for taking photos of the king tide is this: photographs are best when taken where the impact of the tide can be gauged against familiar landmarks like buildings, jetties, bridges, and roads.

Green Cross Australia

Green Cross' other projects concentrate on natural disasters like bushfires, cyclones, floods, and drought.

These are just some of their projects: Extreme Weather Heroes, Build It Back Green, and Harden Up - Protecting Australia.

For more information on Green Cross, visit their website.

If you would like to get involved, you can make a donation, volunteer, or simply change the way you live.

Nobody can do everything, but everyone can do something.
Gil Scott-Heron
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Why? Go green and get involved
When: January 19 to January 22, 2012
Where: Queensland coastline
Cost: Free
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