Thursday, 22 September 2011

Politics is boring.

Sometimes I'm smart. Sometimes I'm dumb. Somehow, I've always remained a person who asks questions when I don't know something.

Do you believe in climate change? It's like asking if you believe in Santa Claus. I'm usually way too busy lost in my head to bother with political stuff but I think this one is a no-brainer. Yes I believe in climate change .. I think it has something to do with industrialism? How we have completely stuffed the planet up but let's let our great-grandchildren worry about it? Linda and Leigh are you asleep yet? Heh.

Anyway, I designed a poster. Hopefully it gets chosen to be put on the Parliament House lawn this Saturday.

                               Make your own poster HERE

I took a side. (Did you? What is it? Am I wrong? ) Down here in Australia there's huge debate about whether we should have a carbon tax. This site explains it better than I can ... I'm too worried about saying it the wrong way and looking stupid.

For many years I used to think, "Earth is doomed! I may as well drink myself stupid and not care!"

I changed my mind.

Politics may be boring, but a clean, green, and sustainable planet? That's not boring. And I don't think it's too late.



  1. I don't think it's too late either. The bigger picture is, well, bigger but that shouldn't stop us not only looking at it but acting to protect it.

    BTW: hate politics. Working as a journo only clarified that. Pollies on both sides proved to be the same.

  2. Change takes time but we have to start somewhere, sometime.

  3. The current team of pollies working the beat are the most uninspiring, self promoting fucktards ever. No one is in it for the right reasons.

    And for what it is worth, I agree with you x

  4. "Only when the last tree has been cut down; Only when the last river has been poisoned; Only when the last fish has been caught; Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten."

    Proverb, American Indian

  5. I think we should do what we can, when we can, to make better changes for the planet's future. Despite what Tony Abbot says. When we can do more, we should. Even token changes are a step in the right direction.

  6. Agree, agree agree : )

  7. I grew up in an End-Times Religion where we kept wheat and honey stored against the coming Apocalypse. I think I have PTSD over it actually. So now I sort of stick my head in the sand because it brings back all these feelings of powerlessness and terror. But I don't think it is too late. I have to have my hope.

  8. I also agree with the sentiments of a greener planet, sustainability etc etc. But I want accountability for the dollars this will earn. Billions of dollars will be raised by this new tax and as long as it is being spent in the right areas and can the results can be measured and reported then I am all for it.

    The true impact on cost to society is not accurate. I do not feel the government green contribution to households will sustain the ongoing costs as the providers begin to pass them on. To me this is yet another bluff by the Labour Government to win the voter over.

    I am also not convinced the Labour Government is capable of introducing and managing such a tax. All major initiatives by this party so far have failed dismally and I fear this will just be another.

    Ahhh I feel so much better now after a little rant.

  9. Very cool, Eden. This shouldn't even be a political issue. It should be something everyone cares about.

  10. We try hard to conserve, but there's just no way I can think of to give up my car. A tax? I don't know how useful it would be, but it would be nice if it encouraged people to stop creating greenhouse gases.

    (We're so used to not having the lights on during the day that I didn't understand why the little girl next door asked to turn a light on when she came over for lunch.)

  11. I don't mean to advertise, but reading "The Great Disruption" by Paul Gilding really gave me a lot of hope that we can fix this without everything descending into complete chaos. The fact that there are very smart people with various plans ready, means that when the world finally does decide to act, that we can know exactly what to do.
    As he says it, the human race is slow, not stupid.
    He was one of the larger inspirations for me to start volunteering with the Australian Youth Climate Coalition.
    And now I do mean to advertise; The AYCC event PowerShift is coming up very soon in Brisbane and Perth, for young people (or young at heart) to get together, network and learn skills to promote climate action and sustainable living in their communities. I strongly encourage everyone to take a look!

  12. I don't claim to understand how it all works, but it is a start, and we do need to do something. As Jennifer said, it shouldn't be a political issue, we should all care and want to put positive initiatives in place. Great sign. I'll keep an eye out for it here in Canberra this weekend :-)

  13. Have to agree that the Labour Government have fluffed a great many otherwise great ideas up, through poor management and planning. Which is such a shame. But at least they are prepared to take the unpopular path in trying to fix things. Instead of sticking their heads up their Khyber Passes and pretending there isn't a problem at all, like the Opposition has. This world is a phenomenon. We should be looking after it. Not treating it like a giant Rubbish Tip.

  14. I agree with you, I wish they would tax them here in the states as well.

  15. When all's said and done, it's not a matter of "believing" in anything - it's a case of risk management and with 97% of scientists who work in the field saying we have a problem and need to do something NOW, I've got to go along with them. The alternative doesn't bear thinking about.
    As far as personal action is concerned, with the average Australian household wasting 25-30% of the energy it pays for, there are many ways to reduce your energy use, cut your personal GHG contribution and save money as well. Now THAT's a Win-Win-Win!
    I made a personal stand last year and cycled around Australia giving talks to communities on the wiser use of energy - I did it for my kids and all our kids and grand-kids deserve our best efforts on this.
    Check out my site - subscribe to my blog and download my free e-book.


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