Look­ing for­ward

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY NEWS AND VIEWS -

IF, IN the 1980s, we asked econ­o­mists how many peo­ple will work in the mo­bile phone in­dus­try to­day – the an­swer would be zero.

If, in the 1990s, we asked econ­o­mists how many peo­ple will work in the in­ter­net in­dus­try to­day – the an­swer would be zero.

Scare tac­tics be­ing used by gov­ern­ments and big busi­ness, such as telling us fos­sil fu­els are the only way to end un­em­ploy­ment, and the only way to pro­vide power to those in poverty is ill-in­formed, dis­hon­est and not ev­i­dence based.

We need to tackle cli­mate change, listed by GBRMPA as one of the great­est threats to the Great Bar­rier Reef.

This means fac­ing the fact that coal is a dy­ing in­dus­try, as well as be­ing a huge con­trib­u­tor to cli­mate change, and de­cid­ing what di­rec­tion we want to go in as our al­ter­na­tive.

We phased out whal­ing be­cause whales were be­ing hunted to ex­tinc­tion. That meant fewer peo­ple em­ployed in the whal­ing in­dus­try. The ques­tion is not what will peo­ple be do­ing in 50 years? It is what do we want them to be do­ing?

Change is go­ing to hap­pen – the ques­tion is how do we want our cul­ture, our tech­nol­ogy and our en­vi­ron­ment to change?

What do we want to see more of and what do we want to see less of?

The re­al­ity is, we need to look for­ward and em­brace pos­i­tive change, rather than try to live in the past with un­sus­tain­able and en­vi­ron­men­tally dam­ag­ing prac­tices that threaten the fu­ture health and viability of the planet and those who live on it.

Kirsten Grace BRANDY CREEK rev­enue etc. I re­quest Coun­cil have an­other look at this.

Should there be any con­tri­bu­tion of funds to Coun­cil by Des Davey for his project then maybe some could be al­lo­cated here.

I sug­gest re­mov­ing some car spa­ces in the mid­dle to cre­ate green zones and add more par­al­lel spa­ces around the out­side of the car park.

I un­der­stand re­de­vel­op­ment of the build­ing will start next month, so the green­ing and up­grade of the car park would im­prove the am­biance.

David Dias CAN­NON­VALE

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