What do the Pope, George Pell, George Brandis, Tony Abbott and climate change have in common? Quite a lot, suggests Vanessa Kairies.
I have been following the climate change issue for a couple of decades. I thought I had heard it all and seen it all, until now. I was recently having a discussion with a friend who showed me the most disturbing video regarding climate change. One, which I urge all Australians to watch. It is an interview on May 2015 with Professor Peter Wadhams. An eloquent man who has been studying the Arctic and Climate Change for 40 years. He is one of the world’s leading Arctic scientists.
In it he states:
“The volume of ice that remains in the Arctic in Summer is only a quarter of what is was in the 1980’s.”
“If that downward trend continues … then the volume will go on to zero in just a couple of years.”
“We are being very complacent about sea level rise … we ought to be realising that many coastal regions … will have to be abandoned.”
“This will have an enormous impact on the global economy and the lives of people.”
“The disappearance of ice in the Arctic is leading to warmer air masses.”
Obama got it, with the coastal regions of America to be drastically effected. He and most of the world have instigated the change towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions in their countries. They are turning away from fossil fuels in droves.
Last year, Professor Wadhams was among a group of leading climate scientists who gave a presentation to the Pope (and his advisors) about the threat of climate change. It must have had some influence, as in June this year the Pope released his encyclical calling for swift action on climate change in which he said:
“The Earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth.”
“Climate change is doing most harm to the poor.”
“A very solid scientific consensus indicates we are presently witnessing a disturbing warming of the climatic system.”
Then the family feud in the Vatican happened when a month later our very own George Pell, Financial Advisor to the Vatican, enstated by the Pope himself, came out with the objection that “the Roman Catholic church had ‘no mandate’ to lay down doctrine on scientific matters“, adding that “the church has no particular expertise in science”.
Personally, when it comes to climate science I prefer to take my advice from the professionals such as Professor Wadhams – people who have dedicated their lives to study and science. The Pope does too.
George, are you being used as a pawn in the game that is Australian politics? More on that later.
Then came the revelation that Pell met secretly with Attorney General George Brandis in May this year, a month before the Pope’s encyclical was released. I wonder what they discussed?
Did George Brandis do a deal asking for George Pell to debunk climate change? Was it an exchange, guaranteeing a more lenient time in the witness box at the upcoming Royal Commission into Child Abuse?
George Pell has made the headlines here in Australia for all the wrong reasons.
In 2004 before the election, Pell met with current Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Shortly thereafter Pell openly attacked the Labor Party’s education policies. Tony Abbott denied that this meeting took place, but later admitted that the meeting had in fact taken place because he had sought religious guidance.
To digress, here is an old favourite of mine . . .
Returning to the Royal Commission, there are a number of questions for Pell when he does appear which may include:
1.Did he try to bribe one of the victims?
2.Did he ignore other victims’ testimonies?
3. What was his involvement in moving serial child sex offender Gerald Ridsdale around to different parishes?
4.How much did he know about Ridsdale’s abuse of children?
5.Was he the priest that witnessed Ridsdale raping a child?
Was the family feud in the Vatican instigated by the Liberal Party and their need to debunk climate change? And if so, might it have been a bit too obvious if Tony Abbott had attended the meeting instead of George Brandis? Given Abbott’s track record, I think so. I’m now waiting for Pell’s statement opposing marriage equality. That one is a given.
According to the the 2011 Australian National Census, there were 5,439,257 Catholics in Australia, representing 25.3% of the population. That’s a big audience. I wonder how many of them vote Liberal? And I wonder how many of them are guided by every word from George Pell?
It’s fairly obvious to me what Canberra is up to . . . and what they want from George Pell, but what is the cost?
Note from author:
Readers are welcome to view my Indigenous artwork on climate change, which I hope you enjoy.