Having just lived through

05.09.13

Letter to the Editor

Having just lived through the warmest winter in my living memory, I am rapidly approaching 60 years of age, I am again reminded of the world’s most pressing issue, that of climate change/global warming and the need in this decade to take strong and precise action to limit the warming of the planet to 2 degrees if possible.

We must do more than planting a few trees, we must try to convert the dirty means of producing energy/electricity into renewable energy/electricity and this must be done in the current decade to give civilization any chance of limiting the warming to 2 degrees, if we don’t meet our emissions target of 5% reduction by 2020 then it becomes increasingly difficult and increasingly expensive for our population to tackle. I don’t see the common sense in increasing the profits of large companies who pollute in the short term when it actually means that we may end up with an increase in global temperature of 3-4% which does not sound like much, but however that increase would bring destructive storms and cyclones to our continent and make some of our native wildlife extinct. Those conditions won’t help graziers or people living off the land either with extended drought and huge floods predicted, in fact nobody gains from this dreadful situation.

If we are not fair dinkum now, our children and their children will be burdened with the expense that we refuse to take responsibility for. The first warning came with Hurricane Cat 5 Katrina in the USA, followed by Cyclone Cat 5 Larry in Australia several years ago. In North Queensland a few cyclone shelters have been established to shelter a few people, however if we turn away from our responsibility as a nation to tackle climate change I fear for the next generation, my own child and family, please consider this, the greatest moral issue of our time on Saturday when you cast your vote.

Regards,

Shaun Newman

13 Laura Court

Deeragun, Townsville

North Queensland, 4818

Ph: 0747516184

Email – sne35565@westnet.com.au

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