It has been a while and a necessary time to try to process recent events. I have not written anything about Israel/Palestine while reading a lot and trying to make sense of the unspeakable.
Meanwhile over the last two nights I went to two inspirational talks. He first by Professor David Karole at the Beyond Zero Emissions group at Melbourne University was a clear eyed but passionate presentation on the state of science on global warming from a distinguished scientist in the field and a member of the IPPC. It was not good news as the figures are in for 2013 and they once again exceed the forecasts of the IPPC which are always couched in terms that leave room for doubt especially if that is your trade.
As the packed room was filled with BZE participants and supporters it was very much a case of preaching to the converted.
What it left me apart from admiration for the speaker was the question - why am I one of the youngest in the room and how can we spread this message across the country in the face of the misinformation from our (so-called) news media and the craven political class that pretend to lead us while selling themselves to the highest bidding miners?
We have the means to bypass the traditional media and build an information base to get to a huge number of people all of him are or will be voters.
Tonight I saw the inspirational Bob Brown doing a Wheeler Centre talk about his book "Optimism" which given all he has seen and experienced is a very cheery title for a dark time. Essentially what he says is that even though we have temporary glitches like the present Abbott government the very fact of their lies and treachery encourage citizen actions and the longer term action of voting them out and reversing the disaster of climate denial.
This, Bob says, reflects a global trend to a global democracy and that his optimism leads him to the view that the interests of the planet and the great majorities will triumph over the interests of the military industrial complex of the few.
Hallelujah. From your lips, Bob, to God's ear (substitute your atheist preferences here).
No we don't want Clive and Gina being subsidized to destroy our planet. That has got to be a no brainer.
The problem is that One term Tonee and his paymasters have a one liner for everything that when tested by fact is fond wanting but who is actually testing? Our de facto Opposition is Get Up which is citizen based. There I saw the figures on actual numbers employed by mining in Australia versus the numbers employed in the relatively new renewal energy segments. Already thee are three times the number in just a few years and that would have grown without the wrecking ball of Abbott/Hunt.
So what now? We the citizens being played as fools have to take the lead and make the changes we can. watch this space for some exciting initiatives in the pipeline and yes you can participate and add to the dream.