Com­mit to daily green tasks

South Western Times - - LETTERS TO THE EDITOR -

LET the games be­gin – the State elec­tion and the en­vi­ron­ment.

Will the doom­say­ers and doom­slay­ers emerge from the depths of the abyss once again here in the South West?

If they do rise to the con­test, it will most likely be based on sci­en­tific facts and ev­i­dence and the de­sire to earn more and con­sume more.

As the de­bate wars on, each side will be un­der im­mense scrutiny. Who are we to be­lieve?

No longer can the doom­say­ers mo­ti­vate ac­tion with a scare cam­paign promis­ing the end of the globe as we know it, at least in the very near fu­ture.

The cli­mate scep­tics will no longer be able to use iso­lated sci­en­tific data, ir­rel­e­vant data and make calls on the hip pocket nerve to win.

The whole de­bate be­tween the ex­tremes will need to be mod­er­ated so that the in­tel­li­gent and astute con­stituents here in the South West will find the an­swers they are look­ing for – an­swers which meet their de­mand for real truth or what may be seen as log­i­cal truth.

So what is the truth or log­i­cal truth?

Truth or sci­en­tific truth must be able to with­stand crit­i­cism and be based on sound sci­en­tific and valid rig­or­ous re­search.

An ex­am­ple of log­i­cal truth is that if we con­tinue to use fi­nite re­sources as if they were in­fi­nite, even­tu­ally the fi­nite would cease to ex­ist and the need to re­cy­cle will be­come im­mi­nent.

It’s based on self-ap­par­ent logic. An­other log­i­cal truth is that as ozone emis­sions con­tinue to in­crease, then tem­per­a­tures will in­crease.

This is based on the cred­i­ble, rel­e­vant and valid sci­en­tific data cor­rob­o­rated amongst many sci­en­tists, which has also been ac­cepted by the UN In­ter­na­tional Panel on Cli­mate Change.

Based on the valid and cred­i­ble re­search agreed to by the IPCC, hu­man-in­duced tem­per­a­ture change, if not re­stricted, will con­tinue to in­crease and is likely to have dev­as­tat­ing ef­fects on coastal land and small is­land states.

Fi­nally, if we don’t use renewable en­er­gies, en­vi­ron­men­tally sus­tained farms and so forth, then there will come a time when what we treat as in­fi­nite will be­come fi­nite.

As far as I am con­cerned, I think we should be­gin by do­ing the easy things first, such as re­cy­cling, con­serv­ing wa­ter, build­ing energy ef­fi­cient, fuel ef­fi­cient cars, buy real green prod­ucts and re­search new clean tech­nolo­gies and then ac­tu­ally start us­ing them in our daily lives.

I be­lieve we should all com­mit to what we feel com­fort­able with and then re­assess the sit­u­a­tion in light of real sci­ence that is rel­e­vant and ei­ther sci­en­tific truth or log­i­cally true.

If the sit­u­a­tion con­tin­ues to im­prove then some of the more de­mand­ing changes may not be nec­es­sary. Alexan­der Mars­den, Da­lyellup

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