What did you do in the war, grandad?
Sunday is Remembrance Day, when we pause to remember the generations of young soldiers who went away to war to fight for the freedoms we enjoy today, many of them paying with their lives.
Those of us young(ish) adults no longer have the threat of world (or even local) war upon us. Soldiers going to war now choose to do so, rather than being compelled to do so.
No, we have another war to fight for the sake of future generations.
Last night’s Difference Of Opinion talked climate change. Yesterday’s Turnbull vs Garrett debate talked climate change. Most are coming around to the view that it’s a big issue, and that action needs to be taken to reduce emissions, starting now. But Howard is still clearly prioritising economic growth, and trying to push myths like clean coal.
On Difference of Opinion, one person said that we were going to have to think long and hard about what we were going to tell our grandchildren when they asked: why did we stand by and do nothing?
This is our war, and it’s upon us now. If we lose, the worst case scenario is a planet uninhabitable for humans.
Our political leaders make noises, but their actions speak volumes. If the major parties want to see emissions reductions, why on earth are they pledging billions upon billions of dollars in road spending around the country?
Sunday is Remembrance Day, but it is also the day of Walk Against Warming around Australia, to remind our politicians that climate change does matter to us voters.
Climate Change is our war. I’ll be marching.
PS. Monday. The Age reports up to 50,000 people walked in Melbourne.
And… Paul Sinclair of the Australian Conservation Foundation writes along similar lines (even referencing WW2) in this morning’s Age: And now for Australia’s next great challenge — saving our environment