Letters

Climate emergency

Ed,

I have followed the arguments for the need to address Global Warming and Climate Change for the last thirty years.

The science of ‘The Greenhouse Effect’ and the threat posed by our continued emissions of greenhouse gases is no longer deniable.
The damage to economies, even to those heavily dependent on production and use of fossil fuels, is no longer a plausible argument against conversion to a carbon free economy: Renewable Energy is now cheaper than energy from coal, oil and gas.

What is now needed is a policy that rapidly weans us off our dependence on fossil fuels. Such a policy has to be fair, and be seen to be fair. Unlike declining industries in the past; the car manufacturers and before them clothing, those workers in mining and people living in mining communities need to be assured that they will not be forgotten and left to whither away.

Australians can still work cooperatively to deal with a national threat, as was shown in the initial, admirable response to the Coronavirus pandemic. When leaders show leadership, and work together and communicate effectively Australians respond.

Now, with a vaccine on the horizon and that threat receeding, we return to the far greater challenge of ‘Climate Change’.
We need to learn from our success in containing the Covid-19 virus and follow the same pattern to address climate change.
We need to listen to the experts (in climate change), we need to work cooperatively to reduce our emissions, and we need to listen to Greta Thunberg:
‘The House is on Fire’. ‘Get on with it. Now’!

Nick Reeve, Grafton

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