‘It’s not easy being green’ – as Ray Charles sings – Warming ice. Massive floods. Dust storms. Top soil gone. The Amazon going. Fires in California and Siberia and Australia. Floods in Pakistan. Extreme weather across Africa. Heat waves. Drought in Europe. Fires in southern Europe. Floods in Greece. India – rain storms. Smoke over Bolivia. Logging. Rising sea levels in the Pacific. And in our Torres Strait Islanders’ homes. [This Australian government is not concerned about that, telling the UN it is not a Human Rights issue for the Council.]
‘It’s not easy being green’. Young people, protesting to be heard about climate change, are told by Ministers in the Australian government to get back to class and get an education!!!!
But we live in hope. We have future-supporters increasing bio-diversity through regenerative farming. In Australia, see the work of Charles Massy. His book, The Call of the Reed Warbler shows how he is doing it. He is not alone. He is now influencing so many more to make the change from the old ways. No more petrochemical pesticides or fertilizers. It is a companion book to ‘For the Love of Soil. See my last blog about the work of Nicole Masters.
Still, ‘It’s not easy being green’ when the Australian government prefers ‘blue’ [gas -generated] hydrogen to ‘green’ [‘clean energy generated’] liquid hydrogen. In 2020 why this in Australia? What direction is promoted by commercial media? Lobbyists here push gas as our ‘transition’ fossil fuel? In NSW, Australia, 800 gas wells in a State forest!! America is planning the destruction of a major forest in Alaska!! See my last blog. And in Brazil now!
Brazil, China, India, Russia, USA and Australia have refused to pledge to work to restore bio-diversity. So much has been lost. All nations have been asked to make this pledge. Australia has refused. Sixty four national leaders have made this commitment. Australia’s Prime Minister says this pledge is ‘inconsistent with our policies.’
While the New South Wales government supports gas, affecting ground water at the expense of food production in its north west, its Department of Planning and the Environment says “The thin, porous skin of frogs and tadpoles makes them sensitive creatures. Through this skin, they absorb chemicals from the air and water. For this reason, frogs are good indicators of environmental damage.” If we do not ruin their habitats with our market-driven madness.
India, Australia, USA, Brazil are democracies! What on earth are we voting for?
The Prime Minister of Fiji, Mr Frank Bainimarama, gave a powerful address calling for Australia to urgently transition to clean energy at the Smart Energy Council‘s Summit “With other countries investing in clean energies, you have the opportunity now to choose: will you lead or will you follow?”
New Zealand is committed to zero emissions by 2050.