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Stephen McIllhatton, Skennars Head

Last Friday morning I was driving north and passed the Byron Bay off ramp (eastern side) and witnessed cars at a standstill, both lanes, and all the way back to Tyagarah. Most vehicles had only one passenger in them – it was chaos.

I am assuming this was caused by those travelling to the Byron Recreation grounds for the Climate Rally, combining with normal traffic.

I am also informed by a local refuse contractor that as a result of the Rally, over twenty 240 litre ‘land fill only’ bins were filled with recyclable materials when the ‘recyclable’ bins nearby were largely devoid of such waste.

The same day, I understand that the Mullumbimby lolly/chocolate shop had an outstanding trading day with many young people (normally at school) enjoying the social occasion and sweet treats available.

In light of the above, I suggest that if you genuinely wish to invoke change in society, first and foremost, there is an absolute need to be authentic in all that you do.

I accept the climate is changing and that we need to change/adapt/educate and act. I do not accept the hypocrisy of virtue signallers, the constant use of ‘crisis’ language by activists and others combined with the myopia of our Green political leaders.

These ‘selective, catastrophising’ view(s), which are regularly published in The Echo, nearly always ignore the fact that, as a starting point, it is the increasing population of the world that must be the primary focus in this matter.

All possible remedial and necessary climate actions can/will stem from using such a focus as the platform.

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  1. Well put Stephen !! As i have said previously those protesters, kids are absolutely brainwashed. And therefore any other facts , views , or opinions apart from their own hysteria will be brushed aside, shutdown.!! Parents , teachers , universities etc brainwashing these teenagers with end of world
    Propaganda should be ashamed of themselves
    The hypocrisy is so present, as all those protesters
    Are enjoying the prosperity in their lives ..all due to COAL ,!!, ROADS , HOSPITALS, CARS , PHONES,
    HOUSES , PLANES , the list of items is in the 1000s .
    And THANKS ECHO allowing some different views
    On the subject ?

  2. You appear to be saying that unless people who want a sustainable future are doing everything sustainably, anything they are doing has no credibility. However one fact remains. We are not living sustainably on this planet and unsustainable is terminal. Anything anybody does towards a sustainable future is valuable.


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