What can be more evil, shameful, or wrong than, by dishonest actions, contributing to causing the extinction of thousands of species, the displacement and quite probably the deaths of millions or even billions of people, and condemning future generations of humanity to living on a greatly damaged planet?
|Red stringybark trees defoliated by an
exceptionally hot and dry summer and autumn, 2007/08.|
Just one example of damage caused by climate change close to my home; there are enormously more at greater distances.
|Photo in Spring Gully Conservation Park, near Clare, SA,
This is an isolated community of red stringybark, the only such area in SA.
Higher temperatures, with global warming, will probably cause their
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Many people in positions of power around the world are guilty of this crime, the most obvious from an international perspective is President of the USA Donald Trump.
From my point of view as an Australian just as contemptible are Prime Ministers
Tony Abbott and
In per-capita terms Australia is one of the worst produces of greenhouse gasses and Australian Coalition governments in particular have been among the most recalcitrant in the world in taking action to reduce emissions.
Australian governments, both Labor and Coalition, and many Australian people, are strongly pro-coal.
The coal industry is very powerful in Australia, which is one of the biggest exporters of coal.
Of course such a big industry is a major employer and many of those who are employed tend to place their jobs ahead of the future of the planet in their priorities; such is human nature.
The burning of coal is one of the main causes of climate change, ocean acidification, and
millions of deaths worldwide from air pollution.
Trump, Abbott and Morrison have lied in attempting to justify their resistance to reducing emissions.
World-wide there are few, if any, national leaders who have done as much as needs to be done to limit the damage of climate change and the associated
What is needed?
If the climate change disaster is ever to be significantly limited we need national leaders who are willing to take visionary and responsible actions.
Unfortunately this is not going to happen in democracies without voters looking beyond their immediate selfish advantage at the bigger picture; and as of the time of writing there is little sign of this happening.