I have been reading the Letters to the Editor over the last few weeks and have seen the rhetoric of climate change and politics looming as an indication that there’s a Federal Election on the horizon.
I’ve let the comments go through to the keeper, however I’ve reminded myself of a favourite saying “Silence is Approval”.
I do not approve, therefore I cannot stay silent.
I am extremely concerned with the use of children as pawns in the climate change discussion. Some proponents are saying that “they are sacrificing a day’s education” and “we should listen and learn from them”.
In the activist arena, the walkouts are called School Strike 4 Climate Action and the primary backer is the Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC), a non-profit company registered as a charity with an all-adult board and 68 adult staff.
The AYCC was set up a decade ago to mobilise young people on climate action by Anna Rose, an adult activist and the wife of former GetUp national director and Greens candidate Simon Sheikh.
Children did not come up with this idea on their own.
Children love to be the centre of attention, they love being noticed and they love a party.
To be seen on television with your mates, waving placards and having grown-ups encouraging you, is what makes them feel good.
They are being fed one opinion, an opinion that is shouting doom and gloom which, of course will concern them. It concerns me.
I wonder what the effect of this extreme action by young people will have on their psyche. Will they feel inadequate when they think their voices have not been heard? We must think of the bigger picture of how adults are potentially endangering these young lives, mentally.
Instead of following the loud minority, I do my own research. I am not the only person who believes that climate change is normal.
Dr Judith Curry, an American atmospheric scientist and climatologist, has published her reservations about the extreme claims being made by some mainstream climate scientists.
Some of the prophecies made in Australia have failed to eventuate but I’m sure there’s an excuse. Bushfires and floods, extreme weather, are all part of Australia’s summer climate.
Humans do interfere with the weather, but most will say they mean well.
We should be doing regular burn offs to reduce the ground litter, for example.
We should be reducing emissions, not because they cause the climate to change but because they cause pollution (look at Asia as an example) and how it affects people’s health and lifestyle.
We should be looking at cleaner ways to use coal so that so-called third world countries can have the same living conditions that we have.
We didn’t reach this lifestyle using the sun and wind for energy but there’s nothing to say that in the future we won’t.
Before we take that step we must ensure that alternative energy sources can supply the equivalent energy.
The change won’t affect the well-off, but it will affect those living on the borderline.
It’s time everyone thought of the big picture instead of just focussing on their own particular part of the problem of a world with far too many people.
Pamela Jacka, Wonthaggi.