Blimey, I was feeling quite laid back and relaxed until I stumbled upon Jessica Harrison’s recent Letter to the Editor calling for climate action.
Suddenly my feelings of melancholy were usurped by a sense of anxiety and stress. You see, according to Jessica, the world as we know it is doomed and we have but 12 short years left to do something realistic about it.
Apparently, bushfires, high temperatures, the timber industry and greedy corporates have combined to cause ‘the perfect storm’ (whatever that is), which is likely to render vast areas of our country unliveable and cast doubt over our capacity to grow food. Wow!
Jessica calls on councils to declare a climate emergency, plan for urgent strategic risk management of extreme weather, coastal erosion and farming sustainability.
She implores local businesses to help farmers battling the climate and communities to help each other deal with future heatwaves. That’s a lot of heavy lifting by other folk, yet Jessica finishes her letter by asking the question “who is with me?”
However, given that Jessica has failed to outline what her plans for action are, other than to implore statutory authorities, local businesses and community members to lift their game, it is a difficult question to answer.
One thing we do know is that Australia is a land of contrasts, a land of droughts, bushfires and flooding rains and has been so for millennia.
I venture to suggest that there is nothing weather related happening today that has not previously occurred in this country, be it decades or centuries ago, long before the impact of intensive settlement of this continent.
Mankind has always devised ways of dealing with and overcoming issues impacting on humanity, so I reckon we should have faith in the respective boffins to provide the resolution to our problems as they present themselves and concentrate on doing the little things that are within our own capacity.
The elephant in the room however, is our excessive population which has a massive impact on the environment and our capacity to plan and provide the necessary infrastructure.
So, until serious recognition of and action on this matter occurs, we will continue to test our friendship with Mother Nature.
David Vance, Inverloch.