(Photos: Greenpeace, Dr Kumi Naidoo)
Here in Australia for only a week, Dr Kumi Naidoo (Greenpeace International's ED) has undertaken an intensive schedule in a bid to warn Australians of the perils of our continued 'ostrich' behaviour.
We can no longer pretend the planet isn't in crisis, and to continue to do so will only jeopardise our own economic future, let alone our children's future - FULL STOP. The further we drop behind the other nations the more difficult it will be to catch up again. This is stuff we all know but embarrassingly we, in Australia, carry on as though 'not-facing-the-problem' might make it go away - why are we so infantile?
As Kumi noted in his 'Breakfast with Fran Kelly' interview, addressing climate change is now the new race - 'the arms and the space races are over' (thank whoever we all thank!), and the important one now will be the race concentrating on who can 'develop competence, technology, & expertise' to combat this man-made looming catastrophe in order to 'dominate in the emerging green economy.'
Equity cannot prevail when such a 'disproportionate amount of influence is exercised by the oil, gas and coal industries over politicians.' Neither can equity prevail when these industries are inexplicably given carte blanche in terms of favourable media opportunites.
How can the rest of us compete with their splashing around of 'silly' money to secure the very best lobbyists & advocates for their catastrophic projects?...& do we really comprehend that these reluctant 'climate changelings' have completely 'polluted & contaminated the global debate?'
Kumi is here in Australia to ask us a tough question:
$$$ Does Australia want a democracy where particular sectors of industry exercise a level of influence over our politicians that serves industry but not the common man, woman or child?
The world wants our answer today...
...it will get it next Sunday