30 June, 2021
Bonkers on climate, reef
DESPITE genuine efforts from local organisations, landholders and environmentalists, there is sad news that our very own Wonder of the World, and critical cog of our local economy is poised to be dealt a blow due to the incompetence and sheer indifference of the current state and federal governments. By Jonathon Dykyj
Climate change is the biggest threat to our
Great Barrier Reef.
This means it is the biggest
threat to the Reef’s contribution to jobs, the economy and to the outstanding universal values that
it holds and gives to not only Queenslanders but to
billions around the world (those for which we are
already custodians on behalf of - and of course,
including future generations).
We will hear the
usual spin, platitudes, and now even conspiracy
But nothing can hide or deny the fact
that since the Great Barrier Reef’s World Heritage status was questioned by Unesco whether it
should be listed as “in danger” in 2017 and the
federal government’s own 2019 GBR Outlook
Report warned (and which is a factor in Unesco’s
current decision), our so-called leaders charged
with protecting the Reef have only dug deeper.
They have doubled down in their mad pandering
to the climate wrecking fossil fuel cabal that they
seem to be forever beholden to.
This news comes just a day after our local
MP’s coal-loving, climate denying mate made a
zombie-like comeback to the second highest of-
fice in the land in order to further sabotage the
Morrison government’s already pathetic climate
And only a week after Premier
Palaszczuk’s gas-lighting rant in the parliament
about the importance* of gas, and announcing in
her budget to throw good taxpayer money after
bad in propping up and patching up dying fossil
And this is with little new money for renewables and no actual plan for workers (lots of workers in our region) to transition to the economy of the future.
We have lost more than a decade already to this
craziness of inaction.
So with less than a decade
to do what the science is telling us to protect our
way of life, hopefully some sanity will prevail post-
*Which I addressed the folly and falseness of in last fortnight’s column. Read it here: https://www. mackaylocalnews.com.au/community/alternate-reality-on-gas-talk