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Democracy Under Siege

 

Dear fellow Australians,

 

You may have realised by now that our government works for the fossil fuel industry. That's why they have so much trouble running the country, it's not their real job.

Inaction on climate change protects that industry and, as we are seeing, threatens all of society. We have been conned and we need to rally together to take back our democracy from liars, thieves and charlatan.

What the climate debate brings to light is that our democracy is not what it seems. Some of our elected representatives don’t put Australia and the Australian people first. They represent a small but powerful group of corporates and industrialists who feed off society and are in it for themselves. Don’t expect these types to advance the collective good or protect the natural world. As  Australia’s democracy is downgraded from ‘open’ to ‘narrowed’.

Letter to my Family

If there was an invading army coming to burn our country, wipe out our wildlife, drown our cities, decimate our homes and infrastructure, destroy our economy and kill us and our families, you would demand to be fully informed. You have been fully informed and there is no excuse! Driven by the burning of fossil fuels, global warming is upon us and no less deadly than an invading army with the worst destruction yet to come... Read more

Democracy under siege - Calling out fascism

With instant communication comes far reaching social awareness and then protest, followed by a renewed fight for democracy, on a global scale. The political scientist explains that our societies are separated into two groups at odds with each other - The "pure people" and the "corrupt ruling elite". The true populist leader represents the unified "will of the people”... Read more

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The Beast among us - Climate SOS

The real drivers of global warming are the people staunchly promoting the burning of fossil fuel that release the wild beast called greenhouse gases into our living environment. If not controlled, it’s a beast that has the potential to devour and destroy us... Read more

Climate talk

I think we are all here for the same reasons:- To find out why our government is doing nothing to address global warming and, to find out what we can do if we want action on climate change. I say what needs to be said and yes, understand how the world works may shock you... Read more

Big oil v the planet - Link to the evidence

Someone needs to say it... There are two pathways that present themselves for humanities future. One is the marriage between governments and the power brokers controlling fossil fuels and war, and the other is a move to sustainable energy. We can win this by removing the demand for fossil fuels... Oil wars! The headlines are shocking beyond belief.... Read more

Game of Thrones

There's a parallel that perhaps you can relate to: -  Game of Thrones is an American fantasy drama and, in it’s simplest form, can be explained as seven noble families fighting for control of the mythical land of Westeros. In their deadly battles for money, power and control they remain oblivious to a secondary threat, from the frozen north-lands, that has the potential to destroy their world.... Read more

Ice melt & rising oceans

The fact that we look different is telling us something. We are different. The way we view the world, the way we process information, the way we communicate, the way we look, the way we do things and what we choose to believe, is all different. As individuals, we have a right to believe what we want whether it’s ideology or some other thing that supports our own agenda. This does not give our democratically elected representatives the right to ignore irrefutable scientific evidence.... Read more

Our best future

April 12, 1961, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin orbited Earth in the world's first manned space flight. "I saw how beautiful our planet is. People, let us preserve and increase this beauty, not destroy it!" Every astronaut since has had the same feeling. Scientists calculated a 'Point of no return' for dealing with climate change and time is running out. Read more

Pie in the sky

Green house gasses trap energy from the sun and drive global warming. A one degree increase in global temperature equates to a 7% increase in atmospheric water vapour. Increased temperature and water vapour drives extremes in weather. As the worlds largest coal exporter, in aggregate, Australia is the source of at least 4.6% of total global carbon emissions. The only way out is to stop burning fossil fuels but, we have a major fight on our hands..... Read more

Climate change - "We will adapt" - LNP

Record breaking hurricane slams Florida. The strongest cyclone on record wipes out Mozambique, the cost of unprecedented floods in Queensland runs into the billions. Add to that droughts, wild-fires, fish kill and the hottest years on record and we suspect something is amiss. Increased global temperature equates to energy in the atmosphere, equates to extremes in weather, ocean expansion, ice melt and rising sea-levels... Read more

An uncertain future - Political madness

From the New York Times, the most dire of predictions: WASHINGTON — A major scientific report issued by 13 federal agencies on Friday presents the starkest warnings to date of the consequences of climate change for the United States, predicting that if significant steps are not taken to rein in global warming, the damage will knock as much as 10 percent off the size of the American economy by century’s end.... Read more

Creating conflict

Flashback - What started out as a pathetic little grab for votes in the Wentworth By-election, by the Morrison LNP government, has now escalated to include threatening every Australian citizen and Australian trade. “Wentworth voters see embassy relocation as a targeted pitch to Jewish voters”.... Read more

Feeding the monster

An outstandingly bad illiberal democracy, also called a partial democracy, low intensity democracy, hybrid regime or guided democracy, is a governing system in which, although elections take place, citizens are cut off from knowledge about the activities of those who exercise real power because of a lack of accountability, transparency, freedom of speech and civil rights. It is not an “open society”.... Read more

Murdoch strikes at democracy

The first German chancellor, Otto von Bismarck, said there were two sights the public should not see: The making of laws and the making of sausages. To this list of enduringly nauseating spectacles we should add one more: The political machinations of media moguls. It's called one sided censorship. So, it only goes half way towards removing freedom of speech but, it goes all the way to undermining democracy..... Read more

Who stole justice

I’m as deaf as a post but I hear the call “We want justice”. Here’s another little problem that haunts our precious society. Our adversarial legal system favours those with the most money. Like the LNP, it’s been manipulated and corrupted to favour corporates and the top end of town. The Law Society would have us believe that “justice system” and “legal system” are the same thing - They are not.... Read more

It's in the DNA

Passing alien would look down at the depleted and damaged earth and debate why we would developed the technologies that could power our advancing civilization then continue to burn fossil fuels and destroy ourselves? They would need to look no further than their own evolution to answer that question. We evolve beyond a certain point or we don’t..... Read more

Why don't we listen

Collectively, what is wrong with us as a species - As pointed out in the previous articles, greed is one driving force that can destroy us but, so can ignorance and our apparent lack of reasoning. To be in with a fighting chance, at survival, we need to understand where we come from. Reasonable-seeming people are often totally irrational.... Read more

We have a choice

There is a monumental real life battle going on that spans the globe and impacts every one of us. It’s a battle between what’s right and what’s wrong for humanity and the future for the natural world. This is the choice: “Keep fighting over and burning fossil fuel, to darken the planet, or transition to renewable clean energy and save us”. We can achieve this by making individual choices that are environmentally sustainable and, by backing politicians and companies who embrace urgent climate action. 

Additional Reading:

Apocalyptic wildfires: May force a climate reckoning for Australia’s conservative leader

 

As if the bush fires aren't bad enough: Australia prepares for ‘Day Zero’ – the day the water runs out 

Cause for great concern: Australia ranked last in global assessment on climate action

 

Compound Costs: How Climate Change is Damaging Australia’s Economy

 

Climate Emergency Declared: LNP Government ignores 11,000 scientists

$ Cost of Climate Change: By Suburb in Australia

Gretta Thunberg: Why the right’s usual smears don’t work

Malcolm Turnbull: “The LNP Morrison government denying the science of climate change is just denying reality. You might as well deny gravity”.

Sign of the Times: Best and funniest signs from the creative kids of the climate strike

 

Omnicide: Who is responsible for the gravest of all crimes?

How Rupert Murdoch Is Influencing Australia’s Bushfire Debate: It’s all part of what critics see as a relentless effort led by the powerful media outlet to do what it has also done in the United States and Britain — shift blame to the left, protect conservative leaders and divert attention from climate change to protect the fossil fuel industry.

"People who are highly susceptible to myopia, loss aversion or confirmation bias simply don’t get the looming threat of catastrophic climate change". The rest have a profit driven vested interest to promote fossil fuel.

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