A fissure has emerged in our household, ladies and gentlemen. Or at least it has for the purposes of this post. My True Love has told me in no uncertain terms that he is sick of my virtue signalling. Well, that was my interpretation of what he said. He actually said that he didn’t want to retire and spend the rest of his
getting shorter life with me if I was going to be so hysterical ALL THE TIME about climate change. I need to stop being so anthropocentric.
Apparently, no amount of lecturing from me is going to convince those who neither believe in, nor care about, this human-induced climate emergency, to change their minds and act upon it. If the scientists can’t do it, who can?
This is the trouble, ladies and gentlemen, when you’re married to a geologist by training. He thinks in millennia. As he has explained to me, complex life is fragile. If we humans are not around in 100 years, or there are far fewer of us (and there is a very good chance of that), then the earth will possibly correct itself in a few 100,000s of years. That sounds awfully like the theory of Gaia to me (look up James Lovelock and the Gaia Hypothesis).
Well, crap, ladies and gentlemen. I am a practical gal and I am concerned about the chaos that will occur, is already occurring, over the next 50 years, and the affect this will have on this generation of children.
So I am going to get my placards together and join the global climate strike anyway. I want a clean, safe (low carbon) future for all children; built on renewable energy if possible. However, if that is too hard an ask both politically and technologically (and it seems it is with our current Aussie Government), well then I am just going to keep my mouth shut the next time said Government flags the option of nuclear power. At least going nuclear is doing something. Also, Australia has a lot of uranium, as well as coal, so it could be good for the economy (not to mention corporate mates), right? As for finding a place in Australia to bury our waste, I think the Galilee Basin would be an excellent choice, don’t you?
Thanks for listening. Please support the young people’s Global Climate Strike. Better still, listen to the scientists and act like it is an emergency because it really is.
PS. Australia and the EU are currently negotiating a Free Trade Agreement. If you are a European citizen, you could write to your governments and request they don’t sign an FTA with Australia, unless Australia does more to reduce its emissions. Just sayin’.
Response to the Ragtag Daily Prompt — Fissure.