I am also disappointed, dismayed and disgusted. Why? Adani’s potential Carmichael coal mine in Queensland, and the support for it by the Queensland ALP. Yes, the LNP supports it too, but that’s to be expected, and yes, the Labor Queensland Premier has withdrawn support for the proposed government loan, but the discussion still seems to be mainly about jobs and regional economics. What about the environment guys? You know, that thing that allows us to live. Should people vote for the Greens then? The Greens cannot form government in Queensland and are very unlikely to be a significant force in the State. They are a wasted vote in the unicameral Parliament of Queensland, in my opinion.
The argument from climate change deniers, that anything we do in Australia is a mere drop in the ocean and is therefore not worthwhile, is so selfish, so head up your arse’ish, that I just about hyperventilate every time I hear it. To that, add the mantra, “our economy must keep growing!”. How the hell can that happen when we already need the equivalent of two Earths to feed the one Earth we have?
Then there’s this headline (and its variants) from a heap of media outlets today: 15,000 scientists in 184 countries warn about negative global environmental trends. A summary of the findings of the report in the international journal BioScience is this: Human well-being will be severely jeopardized by negative trends in some types of environmental harm, such as a changing climate, deforestation, loss of access to fresh water, species extinction and human population growth, scientists warn. Note the word “will” in this summary.
Time to act Queensland Labor! Do something positive for the health of the State, the nation and the planet, and stop supporting one of the companies that is helping to kill the fragile little ball we live on!