THE British and Irish governments have declared a climate emergency, claiming we are facing irreversible destruction of our planet within our lifetime.
New Zealand has introduced to parliament a Zero Target bill that will create sweeping changes to the management of long-lived greenhouse gases, carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide as well as biogenic methane, produced by livestock and landfill.
Do we just write off these actions as the work of climate alarmists or people who are mad? Or do we face up to the fact, as these countries have, that we are living in a climate-change crisis that is spiralling out of control and that action on climate change is no longer about the distant future but about now?
Twenty years ago, there may have been some excuse for those of us who thought climate change wasn’t really happening but with the benefit of all the peer-reviewed studies since then and the climate catastrophies all over the world, there can now be no excuse for this belief.
A recent Lowy Institute poll has found 64 per cent of Australians now believe climate change is the number one threat to our national interest. A recent bio-diversity report from the United Nations warns of the mass extinction of one million species, including our koala, due to climate change.
For too long, our Federal Government has been caving in to the far-right deniers in their party by implementing policies that are merely a token action on climate change that are no longer acceptable if, in fact, they ever were. They are pushing back against scientific knowledge gained over hundreds of years.
We must face up to this threat and demand all our politicians take appropriate action to reverse what is becoming a rapid descent into a climate abyss.
— MARK RODEN Maroochydore