A personal plea to politicians and journalists. Demand #ClimateAction #SDG13 #TellTheTruth about the #ClimateCrisis Stop Stealing our children’s future! #auspol

I turn 74 next month, I have been worried about the environment and climate change since reading the Club of Rome’s Limits to Growth in the 1970s.

In 1972, three scientists from MIT created a computer model that analyzed global resource consumption and production. Their results shocked the world and created stirring conversation about global ‘overshoot,’ or resource use beyond the carrying capacity of the planet. Now, preeminent environmental scientists Donnella Meadows, Jorgen Randers, and Dennis Meadows have teamed up again to update and expand their original findings in The Limits to Growth: The 30 Year Global Update.

I first visited the Great Barrier Reef in 1964 as a young sailor on the Royal Australian Navy survey ship HMAS Gascoyne.

I was amazed at the stunning beauty of the corals and fish on the Great Barrier Reef. We were using charts made by Captain Cook and were most likely the first humans to see some parts of the reef, it was in pristine condition.

When I retired my wife and I settled in Cairns and I took my grandkids to the reef to show them it’s wonders. The reef had suffered coral bleaching for the first time. I was shocked at the damage rising ocean temperatures had caused, the change I had witnessed in my lifetime was shocking.

I have four great grandchildren now and I fear for the future we are leaving to them and future generations. It’s not just coral that is dying most of the Australian ecosystems are collapsing.

The world is beginning to recognise the huge problems we are leaving to our children and future generations. At the recent G7 meeting in the UK political leaders promised to move rapidly to Net Zero carbon emissions by 2050.

The Australian government refused to commit to Net Zero and is in fact determined to encourage more investment into fossil fuels.

It’s hard to understand how politicians can ignore the scientists and put our children’s future at such a great risk for short term profit. Australia has tremendous opportunities in clean energy creating millions of jobs as Ross Garnaut has recently written about in his book Super-Power.

The fog of Australian politics on climate change has obscured a fateful reality: Australia has the potential to be an economic superpower of the future post-carbon world.

We have unparalleled renewable energy resources. We also have the necessary scientific skills. Australia could be the natural home for an increasing proportion of global industry. But how do we make this happen?

In this crisp, compelling book, Australia’s leading thinker about climate and energy policy offers a road map for progress, covering energy, transport, agriculture, the international scene and more. Rich in ideas and practical optimism, Superpower is a crucial, timely contribution to this country’s future.

We are witnessing an unprecedented crime against humanity. Fossil fuel corporations are donating millions of dollars to influence our politicians. Rarely do journalists call them out and in fact the Murdoch press cheers them on.

In 2017, the heat waves, extreme wild fires, and flooding
around the world confirmed beyond doubt that climate
disruption is now a full-blown emergency.

We have entered Churchill’s “period of consequences”, yet
governments have simply watched the disasters magnify,
while rushing ahead with new pipelines and annual trillions in
fossil fuel subsidies.

Governments simply cannot say they did not know. The
events we are seeing today have been consistently forecast
ever since the First Assessment by the Intergovernmental
Panel on Climate Change, which was signed by all
governments back in 1990, which The Lancet has described
as the best research project ever designed.

Unprecedented Crime first lays out the culpability of
governmental, political and religious bodies, corporations,
and the media through their failure to report or act on the
climate emergency. No emergency response has even been
contemplated by wealthy high-emitting national governments.
Extreme weather reporting never even hints at the need to
address climate change.

It then reports how independently of governments, scores of
proven zero-carbon game changers have been coming online
all over the world. These exciting technologies, described in
the book, are now able to power both household electricity
and energy-dense heavy industry.

We already have the technical solutions to the CO2 problem.
With these solutions we can act in time to reduce greenhouse
gas emissions to near-zero within 20 years.

These willful crimes against life itself by negligent
governments, oblivious media and an insouciant civil society
are crimes that everyday citizens can nonetheless readily
grasp – and then take to the streets and to the courts to
protest on behalf of their children and grand-children.

This thoroughly researched and highly-documented book will
show them how.
Crimes against humanity

Working together at the United Nations we set 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Goals for a sustainable future. We must hold our politicians accountable and demand they act now for our children and future generations.

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