Australia used to ride on the sheep’s back. We were the biggest wool exporter in the world at one stage. Today, we are famous for our mineral exports, and bloody big holes in the ground.
What do we dig out of the ground? Well many minerals like iron ore, nickel, copper, bauxite for aluminium, and fossil fuels. Fossil fuels mainly in the form of coal. Here in Victoria, it is mainly brown coal, but it is so polluting that no one wants to buy it from us, so we burn it to make electricity instead. How wonderful!
The other type of coal is black coal. Now further north in New South Wales and Queensland, we have gigantic deposits of the stuff. So much so that our coal exports are now Australia’s biggest contribution to climate change. As the Arctic sea ice melts to record lows, our coal exports are reaching record highs. Something is just not right in the land of Oz.
Here is the skinny from Greenpeace Australia about Coal World;
So do we really need these billionaires getting richer while our planet continues to warm up and melt? Personally, I don’t think so.
Did you know that if Australia’s Galilee Coal Basin was a country, it would be the seventh biggest emitter of carbon dioxide pollution from fossil fuels in the world. If you want to learn a bit more, read the full report, ‘Cooking the Climate, Wrecking the Reef’. It is eye opening.