Climate is what really matters

Bushfire authorities have declared the worst and earliest start to the bushfire season on record. Picture: File image
Bushfire authorities have declared the worst and earliest start to the bushfire season on record. Picture: File image

It is surely apparent by now that this week's announcement by the bush fire authorities of the worst and earliest start to the bushfire season on record, is right on par with everything the climate experts have been saying.

And for it to coincide with the reported commencement of the clearing of trees etc for the monstrous Adani coalmine is quite ironic.

Yet that project, which neither political party was prepared to seriously oppose - foolishly and naively relying on the billionaire Mr Adani being unable to find a funding source - is now a disastrous project we are stuck with for the best part of 50 years.

The irony is added to by it also coinciding with the revelation that the most achievable and sustainable way out of the world climate crisis is to return the number of trees on earth to 4.5 trillion, from the presently depleted count of 3.5 trillion.

The irony is further accentuated by the terrible losses that are being experienced in the widespread out-of-control fires, which I say are a reflection on Kevin Rudd's 2007 pre-election policy, that climate change was the greatest problem of our era, and would be his highest priority if put into government.

The real courage of his convictions was demonstrated by his non-preparedness to trigger a double-dissolution when a pesky Senate vote stood in the way of him implementing the change he wanted - and Australia/the world needed.

When will we wake up to the falsity of a narrow national priority of a "strong economy" being the be-all and end-all of what matters. So soon after the recent election, current figures are showing that we haven't even got that!

Tony Martin, Mortdale