On this day, the Australian Government voted to repeal our effective climate change laws, and chose to dump them at the bottom of a coal-pit. I shall call it Black Thursday.
I, along with millions of Australians fought hard for these laws to be passed a few years ago, to reduce our country’s greenhouse gas emissions. Laws that were working and reduced carbon emissions in the industry sectors that were covered by these laws. Now, these laws are no longer.
And what has replaced them? A big fat nothing, that’s what!
We have no effective carbon reduction laws in effect at this present time.
I am sad for my children. I feel sad for their children.
I feel sad knowing that they will not look favourably at this day some time in the not so distant future and say to themselves “What on Earth were they thinking?”. All the while up to their ankles in seawater in many of our major cities.
It makes me angry that there are some short-sighted politicians in our parliament, who are not willing to listen to the overwhelming scientific evidence on climate change. It makes me angry that vested interests wield such power over our current government. The political will is sadly lacking.
But you know what makes me glad. It was something that Al Gore once said . He said that political will is a renewable resource. That it is.
That it is.
More to follow, whilst I ponder what actions I can take to help turn this around…