Call To Country

Our country will end up being just one big hole in the ground.  Grant another coal mining licence here, grant another Coal Seam Gas (CSG) well there.  When will it stop?

When our climate gets so hot that other countries will force sanctions upon us to stop the export of these fossil fuels?  When our water tables become so polluted that we cannot drink it?

Both fossil fuels are equally as polluting, and don’t let anyone try and pull the wool over your eyes and tell you that CSG is less carbon intensive than coal.  It is on par.  CSG is not the miracle transition fuel that the industry is trying to create a social licence for.

So, why are we still letting this happen? 

I don’t know the answers, but I do know that there is a failure of leadership.

Things have to change.  If our so called leaders won’t do anything, it is time for people to act strongly.

Great organisations like Lock The Gate Alliance and the Victorian Wind Alliance are doing a fantastic job of spreading the word.
To read more about this campaign, visit http://www.lockthegate.org.au/calltocountry

So I ask you to get behind these campaigns, participate where you can, or donate if you cannot, and lets make our country a better place to live in.

Comments

  1. says

    Things will never change until we stop calling them ‘leaders’ and start calling them ‘the people in power over us’. Only then will we realise how completely we’ve been conned.

  2. says

    Hi Gavin, I was about to put the same youtube link on my blog when the news came in:
    http://www.dailyexaminer.com.au/news/metgasco-gives-up-for-now/1789976/
    There has been a lot of protest against the CSG mining here in the Northern Rivers, it’s a happy day for a lot of people here today.
    I’m going to share the link anyhow, there is still a lot to be done, it’s a relief to know that if enough people stand up and say that they don’t want this, thinks will actually change. So let’s spread the word!
    Cheers, Marijke

  3. says

    Hi Gavin, I wonder what your position is on nuclear power as an alternative energy source? I have always been opposed to it but studying my Masters in Sustainability has opened my eyes to lots of things including the myths around nuclear power. DecarboniseSA is an advocacy website (not run by me!) which does a lot to educate people regarding the true story of nuclear. It was founded by one of my lecturers, a passionate environmentalist who has no connections to the nuclear companies but merely an objective and pragmatic approach to finding solutions. As much as I hate to admit it, we are not going to reduce carbon emissions by consuming less (as a society), so I think nuclear (with renewables) is one of our only options.

  4. Mishi says

    Hiya Gavin,
    I don’t know about you, but the cartoon reminds me of Redgum’s “Nuclear Cop” (Caught in the Act version). Different context and era, but still the same unfortunate issue.

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