This is powerful piece on the current state of Australian wildfires and the credibility of world ‘leaders’ in addressing climate breakdown. Yes, they seem to have run out of ideas, other than maintaining a ‘status quo’ that cannot be sustained. We need real leadership, and need to ‘rage’ until we get it…
Someday soon you may be like me, watching your homeland burn while its leader betrays it.
Ian GillToday | TheTyee.ca Ian Gill is a journalist, author and conservationist currently working as the inaugural Dan and Priscilla Bernard Wieden Foundation Salmon Nation Storytelling Fellow. He is a contributing editor at The Tyee, and co-creator of a new initiative called Salmon Nation. He lives in Vancouver and Clayoquot Sound.
A few minutes before midnight on the last day of the year, Pacific daylight time, I began to cry.
I’m a purportedly “grown man” and I’m not easily moved to tears, but as is the way with emotions, there wasn’t much I could do when the tears came but to wipe them away and trust that they would stop, which eventually they did.
I cried for my country, for my Lucky Country, the wide brown land, the Fatal Shore — for Australia…
I wrote this post a while ago, but didn’t publish it because it seemed too negative. But then again it is facing the truth, they are coming thick and fast…
Disasters are in the nature of things. Life is evolution and change. Galaxies collide, solar systems merge, orbiting objects crash into each other, storms and subterranean events cause cataclysmic events on planets. So however stable things might seem, it is inevitable that disasters will occur.
So is it any surprise that disasters are also caused by human beings. However, we do seem to be particularly good at creating the conditions for them, e.g. we:
invest in new sources of fossil fuels that we know are not sustainable, thereby exacerbating the global warming we know is happening – and continue to prevaricate on taking effective action to minimise and mitigate its effects.
degrade our soil and food with chemical-based farming, when biological and organic methods are the only sustainable way.
base our economic system solely on growth, regardless of the quality of that growth and its ecological non-sustainability.
propagate increasing inequalities that history tells us are not sustainable and result in conflict, yet refuse to contemplate alleviatory measures, such as taxes on financial transactions, wealth and land.
elect those who base their campaigns around separation and collective illusions, such as making countries ‘great again’, standing above others.
fill our seas with plastic, to the extent that our food coming from the oceans includes increasing residues of it.
cut down forests to create more land to feed animals for food or grow more oil, thereby removing the planet’s lungs (analogy).
globalise everything such that (with climate change) diversity of species is drastically reduced.
invest in escalation of arms including nuclear, chemical and biological weapons that no sane person would wish to see ever used.
The entrenched status quo appears to be manipulated by the main beneficiaries (the rich and powerful) such that any rapid change of direction is not possible.Read More »