Climate Justice: A story of betterment and hope

Here you go, just kidding. Here you go, just kidding.

That’s kind of how it’s felt for those waiting for Australian Government action on climate over recent decades.

It’s time to change that.

For too long discussions about have focused on loss; loss of reliable high-paying mining and engineering jobs, with no replacements in sight. Loss of environment and species.

The story we need to tell is one of betterment and improvement.

Of guaranteeing a living-wage job, for every person who wants one in every community.

Of making sure every person, in every community has a roof over their head, drinkable water in the tap and food in their belly.

Of enabling First Nation people to manage their traditional land, in the best interest of us all.

Of embracing First Nations culture and history, unique in the world in holding stories which provide a living memory of managing and surviving a rapidly changing climate.

Of energy independence for every community in every state – no matter how remote – and for our nation as a whole.

Of reducing energy consumption and costs for every household.

Of reducing the burden of negative impacts from pollution for people with respiratory illness, immediately and permanently.

Of ensuring every person has access to affordable, safe and reliable transport.

Of helping our neighbours achieve Millenium Development Goals by providing access to cheap, reliable and zero-carbon energy via responsible renewable energy exports.

Of preparing for disruptions like automation, and making sure all jobs lost are meaningfully replaced, with reliable and well paid work making use of existing skills.

Of supporting regional communities to transition to self-sustaining local economies

Of protecting local ecosystems and communities for generations to come.

Of making sure nobody is left behind in the process.

We need to tell that story.

We also need to be honest with people; we can’t pretend coal, gas and oil are viable industries. We can’t pretend those jobs are still going to around in ten years. We need those jobs to be gone, for the betterment of all.

But those who have jobs on the line need to know how we will make sure their lives and livelihoods are not only protected, but improved.

If we fail on that count, we may never win the support of the very people and communities we need, in order to make our collective transition work.

How fracking pollutes ground water

I came across this great image on Facebook today, courtesy of the Kimberley Frack Free Community

It does a good job of explaining the dangers of fracking in one simple image.

Fracking is Dangerous

Dangerous, poisonous and flammable chemicals are forced down through two water aquifers and are then used to create intentional fault lines in the sediment layers in which the targeted methane gas is trapped.

As an intended result of this the integrity of the sediment layers is broken, enabling vertical movement of the gas for extraction.

As an unintended but almost inevitable consequence, sediment layers which seal off the water supply from the gas and chemicals is also broken.

These chemicals are literally designed to break apart sediment layers. Once they enter the water they will travel further and potentially create even more vertical fractures.

In addition to this, the waste products are stored above ground, often in exposed ponds which result in widespread contamination and death for flora and fauna.

There is nothing safe about this process. It should not be done anywhere.