I think it is absolutely disgusting that amongst the carbon tax/climate change debate, the strongest, most prevalent theme still remains one of growth and money.
In absurd contradiction to the cause that they are supposedly fighting for, the Australian Conservation Foundation and the ‘say yes Australia‘ campaign, in their ‘carbon tax explained in 2 minutes’ instructional/promotional video, even include the line “so we can stay in line with climate science, and keep growing our economy” .
Surely it is high time that we realised that a carbon tax, or the climate change debate should be the catalyst that society needs (the world over) to instigate the dramatic change to our greedy lifestyles – and the status quo – that the survival of our environment and ecology depends on.
Only when humanity can detach itself from our selfish desires for ‘money’ and ‘growth’ (which unfortunately, our ‘modern’ economic systems seem to rely on) will we be able to predict some longevity for the human race and the earth, our home.
Until then, the carbon tax (and any tax on emissions) is merely lip-service to mother nature (as is the climate change debate), so we can happily continue on our senseless, plundering, thoughtless, materialistic, over-consuming ways.
It is time that there was some intelligent debate and open, accessible resources to bring our environmental responsibilities to the fore, making a lifestyle change a priority for us all, and prompting the world community to finally begin to live sustainably, instead of exploitatively.
Yours in dismay,