Rod Murray, Ocean Shores
The Prime Minister’s latest climate denial obfuscation to the Lowe Institute takes aim at the UN, which he refers to as an ‘unaccountable internationalist bureaucracy’. A complete disgrace.
We are in uncharted waters and we don’t need another ‘business as usual politician’ in the pocket of the US.
Young people are rightly concerned, and their calls for climate action are the ripples of a groundswell of action which is unprecedented and it has been wonderful to see parents encourage action by their children.
Having worked in schools for almost 20 years and encountered a great many young people concerned, dismayed, disheartened and feeling powerless about the environment, it is way overtime for them to be able to have their voices and their votes counted.
Is it any wonder youth anxiety is on the rise?
Any words of positivity I’ve offered to students at the time often feel very shallow in the face of their blindingly obvious facts and concerns.
In a culture being systematically dumbed down and prepared for war by gratuitous violence as entertainment, junk media and personalities, together with endless time wasting internet games or actual violence being streamed live, adults have no more ethical or moral authority to vote for frauds and shysters than the young.
Why shouldn’t 16-year-olds have a vote? Anyone have a convincing, factual argument against that? Let’s hear it, really.
Parents and teachers and all those who work with young people and are concerned for the future of this planet, it is not business as usual, it is time to change.
Please encourage more student action on the street and calls to your local MPs to lower the voting age.