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What ever happened to climate change in Australia?

By David Leigh - posted Thursday, 16 January 2014

Both major players are quiet in the continuing saga of team play politics and even Labor, who championed the climate-change mitigation cause, has little to say these days. On reviewing the Labor website, under 'What We Stand For', I found that out of 13 items listed, 'A Sustainable Environment' came 10th, just before 'First Australians'.

The world has recorded its fourth hottest year on record and Australia has recorded its hottest, with 2014 shaping up to be even hotter. Extreme weather events are happening with monotonous regularity and yet complacency seems to have replaced concern in many areas, none more so than in our political circles.

The Earth is our home and she supplies the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat. We cannot continue to ignore her needs, instead feeding of the wants of our politicians, who in turn supply the needs of big business. The climate is fighting back and we are entering unprecedented territory faster than we would like. Should we continue to ignore it, hoping something or someone will save us at the eleventh hour? The days of Superman are back there in our innocent childhood. We need to talk about the climate to each other and let our politicians know that neglecting our climate is not an option, if they want to stay in power.


We need to restart the dialogue and make climate change the issue it was when Rudd was first elected. It appears Australia has moved on, away from the subject and like all political footballs it has rolled into the gutter, deflated. The problem with that scenario is that nobody has told the planet.

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