When we’re at work and have a serious task or challenge that occurs we take the necessary steps in advance to plan to make the job easier and more successful.
Likewise in small businesses that have a task or challenge in front of it, will plan and organise in advance to overcome these adversities as best they can.
We’ve got to boil the billy first before we have the tea.
We need to consciously make the decision in advance to go put the kettle on, then we get the outcome we require.
So why can’t governments make this common sense approach????
I was one of the very few on my blog, “The Speakers Crack” anywhere in Australia dated 26th of August 2018 on my web page www.theflyingbushman.com to make the call in advance that the Morrison Government would be returned by a slim majority.
Even the polls completely disagreed with me as did most commentators
My main reason for that was that the public had a total distaste for Bill Shorten full stop.
But he’s not there anymore!! – and Prime Minister Morrison has been dragged kicking and screaming to the table to even mention the word “climate change,” and a Royal Commission when the facts are out there on the table already. I ‘m sure there would be hundreds of experts been fighting fires for 30 years who know what needs to be done – just get on an do it. Nobody wants to see this carnage continue but one would imagine we are stuck with what we have for the rest of this summer anyway.
The country needs leadership now, not somebody hiding in the shadows of denialists who won’t know or see anything until their backsides start to burn.
Now some could legitimately say, “well they took what they were not going to do to the last election, and especially because of Queensland, who thought they were going to lose their jobs in coal mines or similar gave it their approval.
But can I ask this question if you’re a climate sceptic or not, or whether you believe man is responsible or not: Show me anybody who doesn’t want a cleaner environment, fresher air cleaner water (and we are going to need more of that) better conservation and looking after the place we live and want our children and grandchildren to live. Who doesn’t want that??
And if the decisions are considered and rolled out NOW, and planned for like that nice cup of tea it doesn’t have to negatively affect many at all. In comparison to waiting for the ceiling to fall in when it’s too late and the horse is way down the road.
If you reckon these fires have caused havoc, wait till we start completely running out of water –and in many areas of Australia that is already happening right now.
And anyway what happened to those timber workers who were employed in the forestry industry and then had to change to other careers – did the world cave in or did the sun stop shining.
Well, maybe it did in Canberra recently.
Nothing is in concrete we all need to make the necessary changes to pay the mortgage, as does the country.
I was personally effectively disenfranchised from the bush in the Murchison in the late ’90s because of changing climate and minimising rainfall, with years of drought, when I was required to relocate my family to Perth and other employment, but we just couldn’t put a label on it back then. Since then nature has raised plenty of red flags – all pointing in the same direction.
Now I’m not saying that all my decision-making process for leaving the bush was due to climate change, and I’m not saying that I believe it was all man-made.
But weighing up all the variables in front of me and especially the deteriorating seasons over many previous years and my carrying capacity and asset value declining gave me little alternative. And many have since followed also reading the writing on the wall
But nothing or nobody has anything on nature’s fury as we have all seen.
I was very pleased to hear that Andrew Forrest was donating 70 mill to the fire disaster relief. We grew up as young pastoralist together, he on the Ashburton river in the Pilbara and myself on the Murchison. And I only mention him because we have both been born and bred in that pastoral close to nature landscape which dictates we share a specific connection with “Mother Nature” which goes way beyond just waiting for rain and its importance. What he does with his money, I may be able to help here perhaps and garner public support!
If we continue to abuse what we have, the real world will take it away, no ifs, no buts – you can take it to the bank!!! That’s been demonstrated very clearly recently.
But let’s face it she has been gently trying to tap on the door to get our attention for a long time.
15 years ago abalone divers left their isolated man-made camps on the Kalbarri cliffs north of Geraldton in WA because they were no longer getting a financial catch because of changes in water temperature.
Where years ago the well-known Brian Mickelberg (who flew my first helicopter across from Sydney for me in 1981) was flying abalone out of there by the chopper load direct to Geraldton or wherever.
Experienced fisherman have been amazed at certain fish they have caught for many years now, like nor-west snapper who they are catching many hundreds of kilometres south at Dongara and were never seen there.
The emus have been forced out of the forest at Nannup into the main street of the town. If a natural forest is not a sponge for what is happening around us I don’t know what is
I would be prepared to bet my bottom dollar that we are getting more interaction with sharks because their eating patterns are changing, maybe water temperatures are changing, something is forcing them further afield from previous feeding areas that probably contained enough food
The rainfall graphs for the Perth city catchment have been deteriorating quite dramatically in general terms since 1975.
My older well-read sister has been reading deeply about what we now call “climate change” since back in the early ’70s and they correctly foretold exactly what would happen, more than 40 years ago.
They had no political barrow to push just wanting a cleaner safer place to live for themselves and their children
Ross Garnaut gave his Climate Change report to the then Rudd Government in 2008. Hullo that’s 12 years ago guys, a distinguished professor of economics at the Australian National University – you don’t think he’s not going to have economics at the forefront of his mind???
Saying exactly the concerns he had, which have now been materialised in no uncertain terms.
When firefighters with fifty years’ experience explain how rapid and difficult these fires are, and nothing like they have ever experienced before, don’t you think we owe it to the poor voluntary Firemen who have perished trying to save us and their communities, surely we owe to them don’t we, enough respect to put our pathetic little ideas aside and reconsider the bigger picture.
Make ourselves aware of the facts, so their deaths are not in vain. They went to war for us and made the ultimate sacrifice.
But seriously as human beings what do we actually put back into the natural pie. We’re very good at taking out every little thing but behind the door when it comes to thanking nature for what it has given us.
Perhaps 2020 could be an ideal time to change our rational and thinking.
And good on the kids who are prepared to put their hands up and protest, as we saw in the Vietnam War, it’s their future –why shouldn’t they have a say?? At least they are doing something.
Governments, countries, Big businesses,( which is already moving incidentally, as are shareholders) the tax system even those fine Ausie manufacturers of things smart to achieve better and more effective results need to come out from behind the curtain, and government needs to get out of the bloody way and let them perform with new and better ways of doing things. In fact give them the financial incentive and opportunity to do just that.
And maybe just to get your thinking started to check out the great ABC program “2020” regards some of the real practical things people around the world. Not airy-fairy ideas, real sensible and practical like the growing of seaweed which grows so readily but consumes huge amounts of carbon from the atmosphere, but better still it takes that carbon below the surface providing more marine life and increasing all the critters that we usually eat, consume or ruin their environment
A win for nature and us humans.
All the climate sceptics speak of people who are using the word climate change to push a green or whatever barrow, perhaps to gain government funding or similar
Well, no doubt they’re out there – but so what??
Does that mean that we should sit on our hands while Rome (Australia) burns?
And why make excuses about some other country and what they’re doing, or not doing, let Australia lead from the front and get our own house in order. And why would you even think about fudging the arithmetic on the International stage letting our standards down instead of improving them? It’s not about the theory – it’s about our practice
So what am I saying with all this preamble? Well a couple of things:
We need to work with nature if we want to move forward –and I mean work WITH NATURE. Let’s start putting something back instead of constantly dragging out.
Not try and fight her because you will never win
Secondly, Mr Morrison you may believe in miracles but be careful because you are on very thin ice!!!
That very phrase may come back to haunt you.
You better go out back, smack a few around the ears, then go put the kettle on and start making some concrete plans for the countries future – not political deflections.
Let’s be at the forefront, not on the tail of the International mob!!
In conclusion, on another issue I must apologise to readers of my blog that I have not been keeping up recently however, I have lately completed my 2nd book which will be launched around Mother’s Day 2020 in May, so I have been busy. And now been fortunate enough to have a Publishing House behind me and their staff at Rockpool Publishing in NSW it is a very worthwhile non-fiction read about the WA bush.
I write my blogs completely independently and with nobody or parties to answer to other than myself, but I’m sure I would speak for some others.
Www.theflyingbushman.com Blog, “The Speakers Crack”