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Re Sapoty Brook’s letter (May 26): it’s great to pretend to be helping avoid the projected catastrophes of climate change.

Sapoty is doing his bit with his electric bikes. I’m even building a small electric car but inevitably you have to realise that climate change, whether it is coming from methane from the oceans or air pollution in China, is totally unstoppable. Anyone that works for a living in Australia, through their super fund, is funding (and benefiting enormously) from climate change.

Through my super fund (the rate has just increased by another .5 per cent to close to 10 per cent) I am investing in the mining giants who in turn are one of the major global creators of climate change. Whether I (or you) like it or not, we all own shares in the world’s biggest polluters and, as they are polluting more and more each year, we are all making more and more money each year.

It’s this system that creates climate change – you could almost say that we do little else.

Sure, we could cover the escarpment behind Byron Bay with wind turbines (as if) or put solar panels on every roof in Byron Shire but if China continues to install a new coal-fired power station and a new steel plant (all burning our coal and iron ore) every week (or is it every day?), we will make not a scrap of difference to the overall self-funded catastrophe. Sorry Sap, that’s the truth of it.

Howie Hughes, Lennox Head


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  1. Clearly Howie, you have never heard of the Australian Ethical Investment Super Fund that is open and transparent and does not deal with the polluters you are invested in.

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