Eve Sinton, Upper Main Arm
Climate change forecasts over the last 50 years have proved to be correct, according to a study reported in The Guardian; and the continuing bushfire nightmare demonstrates what scientists have been warning us about since the 1970s.
I take this personally, having recently been forced to evacuate my bushland home, and now finding my only asset, a house in the Northern Rivers, is in the path of another terrifying mega-fire.
The political response has been dismal, with Smoko Morrison refusing to discuss climate change while sending a few ‘thoughts and prayers’. Meanwhile, Labor wastes time criticising the Greens for something they didn’t do and Anthony Albanese sets out on a coal love-fest in central Queensland.
Nobody recognises the opportunity for leadership towards a low-carbon economy. Instead, climate factions are becoming more bitterly opposed while emissions continue to rise.
Coal miners are furious about what they see as being vilified for the nature of their work. The major parties have done nothing to reassure all 37,800 coal mine workers with plans for a just transition to jobs in renewables.
But this week, in NSW where 85 per cent of the population lives within 50km of the coast, 6.8 million people are directly impacted by bushfires and smoke. Six people have died and over 800 homes have burnt.
It is profoundly disappointing to see ‘opposition’ politicians grasping for the votes of 37,800 coal mine workers while millions of others suffer from the escalating disaster of global heating.
Even if the fossil fuel industry is shut down tomorrow, the damage will continue for decades. But let’s keep exporting coal and gas to keep a few people happy – particularly the top one per cent who love to count their billions flowing from coal, oil and gas. Who cares if the rest of us burn?