Are we such an arrogant nation, that we dismiss the biggest threat to our way of life, as another example of ‘she’ll be right mate’ or ‘it’s all too hard’ or ‘how could I possibly make a difference?’
One thing I will say for the average Australian, is that if there is an easy way (or lazy way) to take, or avoid action, we will. It is so blindingly obvious to me now. I only have to take a look around me to notice the apathy in my fellow country men and women, who go about their business as if nothing is happening. There are the dedicated few of course, who are trying to make a difference in their own way, but for the most, it is business as usual, with happy motoring and excessive consumption the norm, which definitely confirms this statement;
“What really strikes me is that we still have so few Australians taking specific actions like substantially reducing their household energy use, driving and flying less, switching to green power, or even buying carbon offsets, especially given all of the media coverage on this critical issue,”
Given that my family have been changing our lifestyle each and every day for over two years, there is not much evidence in my neighbourhood that anyone else is actually doing much about our current predicament! All I do see and hear is just a lot of head in the sand behaviour, and that if I can’t see it, it is not happening to me. Maybe I just mix in the wrong circles?
“almost one in 10 Australians (nine per cent) strongly agreed with the statement “I have serious doubts about whether climate change is occurring”. A further 23 per cent agreed to some extent.”
I meet at least one climate change denialist every day I travel into work. I do my best to try and convince these people that the science is in, and that the truth is all around for us to see, but my simple message just doesn’t get through. I suppose I am not as convincing as Al Gore, with his authoritative tone! It makes me sad to think that there is still a large percentage of our fellow citizens that have been conned by the media and high profile denialists, and who have put considerable doubt into their minds, which has forced a kind of haze to cloud their natural perception of the world. Maybe these denialists will snap out of it in time to see the water lapping at the doorsteps of their beachfront holiday homes, or maybe they will just buy larger rubber boots and deny the fact that they have fish swimming in their living room!
What seams to be such a simple a concept to most of my readers (pump more CO2e into the air from fossil fuels, Earth heats up, temperatures rise, ice melts, global weather goes crazy, sea levels rise), is obviously so bloody hard for most ordinary people to grasp or want to understand. I can’t put it much simpler than that really. It makes me want to run down the length of Collins and Bourke streets, yelling, “Wake up to yourselves. Climate change is real!” Alas, the only thing that would probably happen is that I would get locked up for being a looney and disturbing the peace.
Now, if you call that disturbing the peace, just wait and see what Mother Nature has in store for us in a few years time! It is going to one hell of a ride if we don’t act soon.