No excuse

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - YOUR SAY -

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

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