I have just checked my blog and realised that it is now 6 days since I last posted. Why? Well, I could tell you about how busy I have been but that is not really true. Life has been ticking along and there has been plenty of activity. On Wednesday I took our 2 granddaughters to see the matinee performance of “Matilda – The Musical”. This was their Christmas gift from us and we all thoroughly enjoyed it. Then I spent Thursday and Friday in Sydney on work-related business so there really has not been a huge amount of time for blogging.
However, the real truth is that I have felt so overwhelmed by the recent political events, both domestic and international, that it has been quite difficult to think about writing about the simple things that I do here at home. When you add in a dose of exceptionally hot weather the inertia really takes over.
It is difficult not to despair when the Treasurer of this nation (supported by his colleagues) brings a lump of coal into the parliament and mercilessly mocks those for whom climate change is a real and present threat. This, in a week where much of the country is sweltering through some of the highest temperatures on record and it is set to be even worse in Queensland tomorrow.
What will it take for these dinosaurs to understand that we are living with climate change here and now and there is a real risk to public health? Yet their answer is to dig up more coal to supposedly generate cheaper power for the air-conditioners which are deemed essential to cope with the environment we have created. Will they ever manage to join the dots and work out that the solution is not digging up more coal?
Here are a few basic statistics from NASA. 15 of the hottest 16 years on record have been since 2001. Climate change, perhaps? Why would our government believe that? A lump of coal is much more fun!
This article should be compulsory reading for all of our politicians.