Time to clean up our act

Time to clean up our act

A report on climate change published by the UK government this February has stated that there is only a small chance of greenhouse gas emissions being kept below dangerous levels.

In the reports foreword, UK Prime Minister Tony Blair writes that it is now plain that the emission of greenhouse gases... is causing global warming at a rate that is unsustainable.

However, technological options to reduce dangerous levels of greenhouse gases do exist.

Significantly, the report states that different models suggest that delaying action would require greater action later for the same temperature target and that even a delay of five years could be significant. If action to reduce emissions is delayed by 20 years, rates of emission reduction may need to be three to seven times greater to meet the same temperature target!

The report concludes that the biggest obstacles to the take up of technologies such as renewables and clean coal lie in vested interests, cultural barriers to change and simple lack of awareness.

So what are our state and federal governments, Labor and Liberal respectively, doing about this? When will they act? They continue to build more freeways, close railways, reduce subsidies for solar... the list goes on.

It is my view that it is not fair for one generation to burden the next ones with problems, challenges or costs that could have been avoided. We owe our children and future generations the opportunity to enjoy the same richness and bounty of this Earth that we have inherited. It is the responsibility of those of us who live today to do whatever we can to give future generations this opportunity.

As Kerry Nettle, NSW Greens Senator says, It is time Australians ceased to be the worlds worst greenhouse polluters and instead became world leaders in solutions to climate change. A clean and green economy based on sustainable energy can generate lots of quality jobs and provide an excellent standard of living for all Australians.

So lets, all of us, face these challenges and get on with the job!

Susan Stock

Nimbin


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