The school children’s March 4 Climate managed to garner the headlines for a while but there are still too many adults who accuse the parents as being responsible and claim the children don’t know what it is all about.
Greta Thunberg proves that is far from the case, but surely it is now past time for the adults to take the stage?
Social media makes it clear that there are diverse groups which are all active in campaigns to raise awareness about climate change/global warming, fracking, coal mining, underwater exploration for oil, pollution, out of control emissions of greenhouse gases etc.
This article is addressed to a few of them.
Is it not time for them all to unite?
I presume there are Environment Centres in all states and territories, just as there are EDOs across the country.
GetUp! is a bit on the nose so might need to take a back seat, but the other major organisations already campaigning for action should, IMHO, all join forces in a major and continuing campaign.
We have to counter the arguments that Australia alone will make little impact on the world scene – which totally discounts significant efforts elsewhere which are already bearing fruit.
We have to get on board the growing number of corporations which are already uneasy about the future in the absence of serious efforts to change current practices affecting the climate emergency.
We have to highlight the likely costs associated with future severe and catastrophic weather events, with lives lost, and the associated likelihood that insurance will cease to be available.
We need to emphasise the effects on increasing numbers of displaced people from low lying areas which face inundation.
Many medical groups would be on board, particularly on the grounds of health effects of atmospheric pollution.
Too many governments are only thinking in sound bites and time spans between elections.
Every day which goes by without taking action makes a thoroughly inauspicious outcome more likely.
But I fight a losing battle trying to arouse my own family!
I am also deeply concerned that the USA has a President who believes climate change is a hoax, China is clearly more interested in ruling the world than in saving it and Russia is controlled by a man who is blinkered against all concerns except the need to retain power.
I don’t know, as a single civilian, how best to attack this problem but I am sure there are many among you who do.
I am sure methods would include coordinated demonstration all round the country, mail and email campaigns directed at governments at all levels and possibly strikes, particularly among essential services!
I am not seeking personal glory, but I do hope for action in the immediate future. I have 3 great grandchildren, all under 10 years old!
We have not been helped by the fact that self-interest has resulted in our electing an Australian government which is deaf to all scientific arguments – despite the fact that Exxon and Shell have known the facts for almost 3 decades!!
What action can we jointly take to greatest effect?
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