No duty of care for the children?

While we must deal with the impact of the Delta variant everywhere!

Is what is happening ‘Down Under’ occurring north of the Equator?

“A federal court judge ruled in July that the government had a duty of care to protect Australian children from climate harm that would be caused by the expansion of a coalmining project.”

And that was before the IPCC gave us the latest warnings and we saw the devastation of fires and floods north of the equator.

This Australian government took less than a day to announce its appeal, which is due to be heard in the federal court in October.

Their Minister for the Environment is Sussan Ley. Children can’t vote!

I think of people swept away in mud slides, caught in floods that almost drown towns. And fires! And the betrayal of the young by fossil fuel corporations.

Please listen to this ‘Litany’ by Mark Tredinnik

It is An Elegy for the children.

Mark Tredinnick Poet, Speaker, Teacher, Writer

Litany: An Elegy
by Mark Tredinnick

Litpoetry: ‘Litany: an Elegy’ by Mark Tredinnick (Season 2, Episode 1)
It is worth listening to again and again. His poem speaks to all of us.

4 hrs ·


The actual link: 

We need the Australian Coalition government to take a responsible role towards global warming for the sake of Australian and the world’s children. Many Australians feel ashamed by our government’s lack of real commitment. It still supports big fossil fuel corporations like AGL, Adani and Woodside.

“But, one group of eight school students has launched a crowd-funding campaign last week to finance a court fight against the Morrison government.”

Lobbying groups with the power of AGL show us why we need the young of 18 to enrol to vote to fight for their future in a democracy!

Climate change

Melbourne student and climate activist runs for board seat at energy giant. Ashjayeen Sharif wants Australia’s biggest greenhouse gas emitter to be 100% renewable by 2030
Photograph: Kayzar/Greenpeace Australia Pacific,

‘AGL shareholders have real power to direct real change’: 18-year-old Ashjayeen Sharif has nominated for the company’s board.

Graham Readfearn@readfearn

The Guardian Mon 16 Aug 2021 03.30 AEST

“Ashjayeen Sharif, from Melbourne, wants the company to phase out its “dirty coal-burning power stations” by 2030 and replace them with 100% renewable energy.

“I think AGL shareholders should consider what matters for their families and their children and realise that climate change is a defining issue of our time,” he said.

“In a notice of the company’s annual general meeting, the AGL chairman, Peter Botten, wrote that shareholders are recommended to vote against Sharif’s nomination. The notice, which confirms Sharif will be allowed to speak at the AGM next month, says Sharif’s “skill set and experience would not add to the effectiveness of the board.”

AGL says emissions from its coal and gas power plants were 42.2Mt last financial year and make up about 8% of Australia’s entire greenhouse gas footprint. [As if 8% of any pollutant does not matter!]

Also at the meeting, AGL’s directors are recommending shareholders vote against a resolution asking the company to align its business with the Paris climate agreement to keep global temperatures “well below 2C”.

Sharif, a student at the University of Melbourne, said he had already experienced the climate crisis through more heat extremes and his family, some of whom live in Bangladesh, had been through floods and cyclones.”

“AGL shareholders have real power to direct real change,” he said. He would push the company to become a 100% renewable power generator within nine years “before we pass a turning point that leads to climate catastrophe”.

He said: “Even though I’m young and don’t have professional experience in directorships of a company, as Australia’s biggest climate polluter you just need an understanding of what matters in protecting the future for young people.”

“Last week AGL’s chief executive, Graeme Hunt, called for a better plan to coordinate the closure of Australia’s coal plants. The company has pledged to reach net zero in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.”

Meanwhile – as Stephen Colbert would say –

European Union Unveils Climate Plan To Cut Emissions By 55% This Decade : NPR. A sweeping proposal unveiled by the European Union on Wednesday would look to cut emissions of the gases that cause global warming by 55% by the end of this decade

Sharif said: “It’s good to talk about long-term plans, but they shouldn’t be sitting around waiting for someone else to do it.”

Sharif, who has been involved in the School Strike 4 Climate campaign of marches since November 2018, said last week’s UN climate science panel report was “terrifying” and had galvanised his drive to fight for change.

“It was empowering because it reminded me that science and the reality that we live in is on our side,” he said.”

And Australia’s Youth Climate Change Coalition is fighting for climate justice.

‘One more mine does make a difference’: Australian children argue for the climate – and the law agrees

President Biden of USA knows facing these massive and vital changes demands significant investment of a nation’s revenue for the long term!

Note this example of what is happening now north of the equator.

Pacific Northwest Heat Wave Killed More Than One Billion Sea Creatures
The massive loss could destabilize local marine ecosystems
By Valerie Yurk,E&E News
Pacific Northwest Heat Wave Killed More Than One Billion Sea Creatures

There is no such thing as ‘Fortress Australia’, or ‘fortress’ anywhere, where global warming is concerned.

And we can’t forget about it while the Delta variant does its damage.

It is about time Australia’s Coalition government realises that fact

for the sake of the children here and across the globe.

2 thoughts on “No duty of care for the children?

  1. Thanks so much for Mark Tredinnick’s litany — and for your many other words of wisdom. I HOPE we can learn to listen and to ACT to save our environment.


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