Louise Doran, Ocean Shores
Never thought I would agree with an American politician, but the Governor of California has said that it’s not just climate change that’s a problem, it’s DOG EAT DOG CAPITALISM, combined with climate change, which will be socially and environmentally catastrophic.
I applaud the young people who have taken to the streets to highlight the consequences of the inaction of our politicians who think pandering to mining barons, no matter how dodgy they are, is more important than the well-being of the planet and our children’s future.
Those who are complaining about the inconvenience of the rallies need to think about the inconvenience we’ll face when there’s no water to grow food and the ocean has inundated our homes.
While we may all do that we can personally to mitigate the effects of climate change, if we care about our children, and their children’s future, the most important thing we need to do is stop voting for ignorant morons who think we can continue with the same destructive 19th century behaviour that has created climate change.
Changing that behaviour will not mean a reduced quality of life, we just have to do things differently. We have an abundance of solar and wind to provide much cleaner, cheaper energy, compared to many other countries who have already done much more. Even Canberra is completely powered by renewable energy.
Not being engaged or interested in politics is not an option any longer.
It’s down to our generation to do everything we can to fix the problems our species has created, that means electing people who will legislate the policies we need to ensure our children and the planet will survive.
“Capitalism” it certainly is. The young ones know
it & we’ve all got a massive fight on our hands
since the federal governing bunch is all about
legally frightening Aussie subjects of all kinds
with lock-up terms. The opposition? Forget it.
They wouldn’t know what Shadow Boxing is.
It’s uncanny. The people are ready for
‘change’ & their so-called guardians are stuck
in the stone age. Pitiful. Let’s rally on.
We all have the power to change things at the polling booth.
Australians need to wake up and understand that people/parties who have millions from corporates and fossil fuel miners(the people who are creating climate change) to pay for their glossy flyers, are not the people we should be voting for if we want our children to have a future.
The economy can grow if we have intelligent people in government who recognise the opportunities of supporting clean industries and scientific ideas we need to develop and once again be a world leader in these areas without destroying the planet.
The ability of Western democracies to respond rapidly to the challenges of climate change is a testament to the the benifits of our capatilist system. It is in stark contrast to the enflexible and grossly polluting industrial economy of the socialist Soviets..
It is though nice to agree with you Louise this time – the recent strike by school children in particular was an appropriate response to a serious issue.
I see scant evidence of any rapid response. You’re dreaming but he don’t let a good Cold War be consigned to history
Ride along the fine cycle path through Ballina Heights and count the houses with solar panels on the roof. Mine puts more power into the grid than I can use. And that path takes me to town and back on a bowl of 100 percent renewable rolled oats.
Regardeless of whether the government supports us, and whether it’s enough , we are charging how we live in Western democracies.