Despite 30 years of warning, firm science, and consequences being worse than predicted, we still act as though climate change is no big deal and there is no rush to deal with it. How can the urgency be better explained? I make an attempt below.
When it comes to the energy industry there is a clear choice to be made in this coming state election, regardless of if you wish to see the government prioritize the environment, state finances, or jobs. Please do not reward the government for their abysmal failure in renewables.
As another federal election comes and goes, Australia finds itself caught between a choice of two transactional leaders. This was always destined to happen considering that we as a society have consistently failed to think beyond the next year, let alone the next 3 or 30. However, the threat of climate change has caused a stir within the population - a stir which has turned into a cyclone.
The divestment campaign to move funds away from supporting fossil fuels is one of the fastest in history. Announcements are occurring with increasing regularity including recently the Newcastle Council with $270 million in investments and the ACT Government.
When industry superannuation fund HESTA announced it would sell its A$23 million stake in offshore immigration detention centres Transfield, it wasn’t the first to do so.
Islamic leaders have issued an Islamic Climate Declaration, calling 1.6 billion Muslims around the world to work towards phasing out greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and towards a 100 percent renewable energy strategy.
Australia may be one of the world’s largest suppliers of coal, however if Australia’s major cities follow in the footsteps of Canberra, we could see our greenhouse gas emissions drop considerably.