We all want what’s best for our kids, right? That’s why we do what we do. But at the moment, the future for our children is built on shaky ground or, more specifically, a shaky climate.
We need to act and we need to act fast.
Everyone knows this – from Barak Obama to the Pope, from China’s chairman to the tiny nation of Costa Rica, which is now entirely powered by renewable energy.
There are so many reasons to be hopeful that the world has, at last, woken up to the need for rapid action on climate change. Almost every country in the OECD agrees that coal is not the future, almost every country except Australia.
Our government, along with South Korea’s, refuses to stop funding new coal projects, where all the others have agreed they will say no to new mines.
I truly believe that Malcolm Turnbull actually cares about the environment. He’s the leftest conservative we’re ever going to get, but he’s stuck between a lump of coal and a catastrophic future.
Australia makes a tonne of money from coal, and stands to make a whole lot more if the Carmichael mine ever makes it through the approval stage. The people in parliament and beyond who want Australia to keep selling coal are incredibly powerful but, you know what? We are the ones who hold the real power.
I’ve said this many times but I’ll say it again: you are not powerless. Real people – especially those who can vote – hold all the cards. The only thing Malcolm Turnbull will listen to more than powerful coal supporters is us – but only if we speak up.
Next weekend, public rallies are being held around the world to show its leaders we want meaningful action on climate change, now. Nowhere is this more important than here in Australia.
If our government allows an Indian mining company to split open our earth and create the world’s largest coal mine, we have condemned our children to a global increase in temperature that cannot be fixed.
The consequences of this are terrifying: more extreme weather events, food scarcity, illnesses that thrive in warmer weather, drought, cyclones, uncertainty.
The thing we want most in the world is for our children to be safe. By not standing up for our climate now, we are failing in our role as parents.
I know it’s a busy time of year and you have a million competing interests, not to mention Christmas shopping, parties, concerts and all the rest.
But really, what could be more important than this?
Will you join me at a People’s Climate March?
Find your nearest march here!