SHE paid us a visit on March 28, 2017
With violent ambition and proof she was mean
She breached our waters to approach our land
Spewing tangled debris all over our sand
Piling our boats on walls made of rock
Twisted and broken from horrendous shock
They named her Debbie with cyclonic intent
Came howling upon us and wouldn’t relent
Shattering our windows and ripping our rooves
While raining with anger like thundering hooves
Splitting our trees to fracture our walls
With no-one hearing life threatening calls
She flooded our homes and punctured our trade
No visible sign, a ghost town she made
She scared young minds and closed their schools
So how do we fight mother nature’s tools
As she blocked off our roads with water so high
Then stopped for a moment to gaze with her eye
Not damaged enough so she mustered some more
While all our people lay close to the floor
Now, not just the young would see the sign
As all beating hearts were praying for time
When the power of Debbie increased for hours
Uprooting our pavement and wrecking our towers
She crippled our power then stole our water
Hell bent with a need to flatten our border
A menacing force had jailed us here
To weaken our minds and quiver in fear
She left the next day and let us go
To start again from our ground zero
Though down we are but beaten we’re not
She missed our prayer our lives we’ve got
As she blew and she spat for traumatic length
She could not defeat our spirit or strength
So when skies of blue return our way
Our young we’ll send to learn and play
The rest will rebuild new lives for all
To show all the Debbies we’re standing tall
More to come?
WE ARE all recovering from the impact of Cyclone Debbie, which has devastated many.
Very high sea temperatures, a direct result of global warming, fed this gigantic storm with extreme moisture and is a dramatic demonstration of global warming that we continue to ignore to our peril.
Global warming modelling predicts fewer, but much larger cyclones, and it may be that we have just experienced the first of these new megastorms. — Jonathan Peter
Some mainstream politicians have said this isn’t the time to bring up this “political” issue, in the middle of an expensive and traumatic clean up, which is absurd.
Global warming modelling predicts fewer, but much larger cyclones, and it may be that we have just experienced the first of these new megastorms.
Combine this with the second major bleaching of the GBR in two years and these two events are a direct threat to our tourist industry, which is far more important to the Australian labour economy than largely automated, antiquated coal mines.
The issue is much larger than the inappropriateness of the Adani conglomerate; which has a shady Cayman islands financial structure, a nasty environmental record in both India and Africa, is getting Australian water rights for free, and has just polluted the Calley Valley wetlands at Abbot Point.
It is time to rapidly support renewables and stop coal mining before it is too late.
Ignore the message of cyclone Debbie, and we will surely have more of them.
On we go.