Kids show courage

Whitsunday Times - - YOUR SAY -

WHILE re­gional Queens­land is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the most se­vere fire sea­son in his­tory, and the

planet's tem­per­a­tures have been climb­ing for the last 406 months ac­cord­ing to NASA, our strik­ing stu­dents have shown in­cred­i­ble courage in stand­ing up to the pol­lies of the day and de­mand­ing we take ac­tion on global warm­ing now.

The tragic irony of Adani pro­claim­ing it has pri­vate fund­ing for its un­pop­u­lar coal mine could not be more clear, es­pe­cially af­ter so many years of try­ing to get pub­lic money for their project.

While Europe is rapidly get­ting out of coal in less than 20 years, Al­lianz In­sur­ance has rated Aus­tralia with a zero for its lack of any long-term plans to fight global warm­ing, the only de­vel­oped coun­try to not

score any­thing in these lat­est rank­ings.

The Queens­land Govern­ment has ap­proved the last six mines in the Galilee Basin, con­tin­u­ing the busi­ness-as-usual model that is rapidly lead­ing us to en­vi­ron­men­tal dis­as­ters.

Stud­ies have shown that when peo­ple's core be­liefs are threat­ened by con­trary facts, it, sur­pris­ingly, only re­in­forces their views.

Thank good­ness for the stu­dents who may be able to break free of this blink­ered his­tory and have the stamina to get rid of the pol­lies of the day and get real change to pro­tect their fu­tures!

— Jonathan Peter,


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