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August 15, 2022

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The big rains in Durban, South Africa, and the resulting floods from that killed at least 306 people. It was caused by a slow-moving storm called Issa, which dumped between 300mm and 450mm of water, but nothing compared to what we got in the Northern Rivers. We had between 600 and 900+mm in just thirty hours around Lismore.

If our community members hadn’t come in their boats to help all these people sitting on their roofs in Lismore, hoping to get rescued by the SES –or anybody – I think we would have had a very similar number of deaths here, if not more.

The question for me now is, would our government have realised and acted accordingly to the reality of the climate emergency if [more people had died]? Would they be still dreaming of their strategies and holding up their 2050 timeline? While the IPCC gave out the code red warning months ago, and announced again just weeks ago that the window to act is closing fast, this government is still approving new coal and gas operations – and even throws more taxpayers’ money to them.

Oh, I forgot that our three biggest parties are on the payroll of these industries, but it’s called ‘donations’. It’s a great system; these parties get ‘donations’ and then give taxpayers’ money back to these industries who don’t even pay tax. No wonder there will be never a federal ICAC in this country as long as we let them rule us. What a clever country we are.

Chibo Mertineit, Lillian Rock


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6 COMMENTS

  1. Yes the planet weather change is here now. They should be worried. Do something about it tomorrow . Not in 30 years. Imagine if in 30 years there was no more oxygen left in the atmosphere . Just imagine that . You couldn’t breathe . For a lot of older people now on a hot summers day , that’s what it feels like . Can’t breathe. Have to go sit next to a waterfall just to breathe normally . It’s already here . The first stage was no wet season in FNQ in 1980 , 81, 82. It didn’t rain like it was meant to. That was the canary dieing . 42 years ago. Any chance of bringing Greta over here in the next week or two. To organise the young ones . Young people arnt stupid , they’re smart. They already know somethings not right . Logging precious old growth native forest . Oil , coal , gas,,,,, we don’t see any of the money . It all goes overseas . Then we have to buy it back off them for double , triple .

  2. I often look up at the sky and wonder what could be effecting the weather, what could be nucleating rain all over the world at the same time. But then the Sun gets in my eyes and I start thinking about all the extreme solar flares that just occurred. Hasn’t been this bad since 11 years ago.

  3. I look at the creeks and bays I used to catch fish from when I was a kid . Creeks full of slime and stinky. Mangroves gone from the bays . No fish , no oysters , no mud crabs, . Go fishing and catch a toad. Even they are gone. Can’t figure out why tho. The sun keeps coming up so everything must be fine .

    • Cow farts cause over fishing? That’s a new one. At least cow farts stop you guys blaming everything on Putin.
      Hey Phil, are there many more people living there than when you were a boy? Little bit more built up that it used to be maybe?
      And how is the bay still there? Didn’t Al Gore tell us it would all be underwater by now?
      And how would global warming kill mangroves? Mangroves live on the equator just fine, they’re a tropical plant!

      Let’s just blame CO2, that makes Mangroves grow faster, instead of finding the real causes, because the things you are talking about are very much worth fixing, but let’s just stick to Putin’s cow farts instead.

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