I watched him throughout the weekend, his mobile phone glued permanently to his ear, as he worked feverishly to co-ordinate assistance to a growing number of fires and ensure they had adequate resources to fight them. There was barely a moment, day or night, when that damn phone wasn’t ringing with another demand, crisis, question or request for more help.
My friend has been in this industry for years – he is intimately involved with the Australian bushfire season – and, in his opinion, there is not a shadow of doubt that climate change is having a significant impact on the number and severity of fires in this country. The Climate Council agrees:
I’m sure if you spoke to experts in other fields, they would tell you the same about the impact on other aspects of the environment.
Yet, our new government seems set on ignoring the science and dismantling what little legislation we have in place to take action on climate change. It’s short-term thinking which short-changes everyone – particularly future generations. Are we really so selfish that we cannot accept some small impost, some minimal increase in the cost of living to ensure we don’t get past the point of no return on climate change?
I think most Australians do want action on climate change and that the Abbott government is fooling itself to think it has some kind of ‘mandate’ to deny the science. They remind me of the creationist who, when confronted with absolutely irrefutable evidence of evolution by Richard Dawkins, simply refused to even ‘hear’ him. It was as if she erected some kind of ‘cone of silence’ around herself to protect her from the force of his arguments. It was bizarre.
It is even more bizarre (and dangerous!) when you see a national government doing the same thing on climate change.
This weekend, GetUp! and its supporters are organising a number of climate change rallies across the country. I’ll be going to my local rally (at Nambour, Queensland). I hope that some of my readers might support the cause by turning up at a rally close to them.
The rallies are on tomorrow, Sunday, 17 November at either 10am or 11am (or later) – depending on location.
Sydney – Prince Alfred Park, 11am
Melbourne – Treasury Place, 11am
Brisbane – Queens Park, 10am
Canberra – Garema Place, 11am
Adelaide – Elder Park, 11am
Perth – Russell Square, 11am
Hobart – Parliament Gardens, 12pm
There are also hundreds of regional events so CLICK HERE and enter your postcode to find one near you.
I’ll be at the Nambour Rally at Quota Park, Mathew Street, Nambour. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are going to that event and want to say ‘Hi’.
And, for those who haven’t seen it, Dawkins interviews creationist, Wendy Wright – a woman who is as obtuse as our Prime Minister is on climate change.