Sorry to be political…BUT:
“PM Scott Morrison told a room full of mining lobbyists that he's begun work on legislation to outlaw climate activism – banning climate protests, boycotts and "disruptive" strikes.”
This is such an outrageous proposition that it even made news in London and New York!
“I’ll Punish Climate Activists” (‘quoting’ PM Morrison) was a headline in The Times (London).
“Why is Australia Trying to Shut Down Climate Activism?" The New York Times headline.
How embarrassing! How appalling!
I didn’t think that silencing dissent belonged in Australia. But here it is! And other parts of the world are shocked.
A couple of days after the talk of banning climate protests, came this news:
‘The world’s people face “untold suffering due to the climate crisis” unless there are major transformations to global society, according to a stark warning from more than 11,000 scientists.’
‘Eleven thousand scientists from around the world have “unequivocally” declared a climate emergency, calling for “major transformations” in the ways society functions…
The statement — signed by scientists from 153 different countries, including more than 350 Australians — warns of “untold suffering” if the climate crisis is not addressed soon, noting it is accelerating faster than most scientists expected. The report suggests six critical steps be taken, including curbing growing population and leaving fossil fuels in the ground, with scientists arguing they have a “moral obligation” to warn humanity and “tell it like it is”.
So, what can we do if PM Morrison is not heading the facts — and is threatening those protestors who do (rightly) head the facts?
I’m old enough to have marched in Anti-Vietnam war moratoriums.
I thought I was now too old to fire up enough to be part of a protest march, but show me where the next Climate Action one is please!
I have children and grandchildren. I want them to be able to live in a world that is not alien to human life.
I have family in UK and, as we wonder how they are coping with Boris and the Brexit Deal/No Deal, they are wondering how we are coping with a government who talks of punishing anyone who disagrees with their worship of coal.
And, to be even handed:
While most of the (enlightened) world is attempting to grow Billions of trees, we have the Queensland premier recently giving the go-ahead to clear hundreds more hectares of forest “To save 500 jobs” (did she mean ‘votes’?):
‘Palaszczuk Government takes action to support timber industry jobs’
(This added to the already well over a million hectares cleared in past few years in Qld.)
What are our leaders (of all persuasions) doing to us? Doing to the planet?
More than “Wrecking the joint” (to misquote Alan Jones!).
They are wrecking lives and wrecking the future of our planet.