'SAY YES' TO ACKNOWLEDGING WE'RE MAKING OUR PLANET SICK

We are indeed living in fascinating times! Whether we all truly understand the depth of these unusual times or not, there are huge things going on in the world that are testing us all to the very core of our humanity. And importantly to our relationship with our home. Not the one we rent or pay off, the one known as Earth.

What a spectacular reaction to the new “SAY YES TO CARBON TAX” ad this week, starring Cate Blanchet tand Michael Caton?

Where does one even start tackling this subject? Although let me start with saying this, if those that think that anyone wealthy should not be able to have an opinion on an issue that involves our world, then ‘America the Great’ would have had a lot of silent presidents propped up playing Solitaire in the Oval Office.

Pointing fingers at these two stars and their lack of understanding of the common man’s wage is the first easy excuse from many to start sulking over paying more money for something many have not been bothered doing the real research on.

Secondly I’ve heard radio presenters all over Australia this week say things like, “climate change is only really on the global political agenda because it’s just one of those subjects that they feel that they have to talk about because it’s expected of them. “

What a load of nonsense, given the subject, and certainly for Australians in regards to having to put their money where their climate caring mouths are, quite clearly has the average Aussie screaming blue murder that they don’t want to know about it.

The fact is that the subject of climate change and all the research of where our world could be heading in a few generations from now, has been hotly debated and discussed by key political and environmental people around the world for years, and it is on the radar purely because as humans and leaders, thankfully, they have a conscience.

The leaders of the world today can no longer live with themselves by continuing to sweep the future of our world under the proverbial rug.

And people please also be aware that most of your favourite news columnists and talk back jocks will be revelling in firing you up to feel outrage on the side of what is a much easier pill to swallow – that being carbon tax is a sham.

Don’t forget they want to be your hero, and sometimes heroes know the easy way to get your vote. The greatest hero’s like say Nelson Mandela are the one’s that stand up and say something that perhaps you don’t want to hear. Putting their popularity at immense risk.

But at some time in history, they are proven right. That’s called fighting for justice, swimming against the tide, truly heroic.

Understandably a difficult part of getting our head around paying this new tax, and for the government, is that we’re being asked to cop a new tax for something that can be so easily, and ignorantly written off as “All a bunch of lies.”

Of course proof cannot be given in regards to what may become of this earth if we don’t put an extreme change in place. Falling short of discovering a time machine and sending someone off to take some happy snaps of how earth’s looking in a hundred years from now, that’s clearly not going to happen.

And the other major issue is, we’re being asked to do something that will impact our back pocket, by a government that many do not even trust.

Education and intuition is what’s needed to deal with the carbon tax. Ask yourself this, ‘does it make sense in your heart that it’s not time to start investing in the future of this earth?’

As the next natural disaster unfolds and our precious money goes again on rebuilding the lives of those lucky enough to survive, are you still sure there’s not a link between the state of this earth, and what we’re doing to it?

WHAT WAS YOUR REACTION TO THE ‘SAY YES’ CAMPAIGN? ARE YOU FOR OR AGAINST A CARBON TAX?

13 thoughts on “'SAY YES' TO ACKNOWLEDGING WE'RE MAKING OUR PLANET SICK

  1. I’ll be the first to admit i am way to unsophisticated to even to pretend to understand the ins and outs of climate change and the proposed tax. What i do know is that, as a race, we are often pretty bloody pathetic at doing the right until we’re forced to, or it’s too late.

    Look at water usage. We all wanted our fancy lawns and gardens, and it took us forever to do something about it. Now we have new habits and it’s all good. Electricity is probably next. we’re happy to turn the lights off for Earth Hour, but for the rest of the year, it’s on, on, on… and the only reason people are thinking of saving power now is to save themselves money… nothing to do with the planet.

    and now we’re told we might have to pay a tax so that, in simplified terms, the earth we kind of rely to sustain our very existence is looked after and we’re all up in arms about it? seriously? i’m not certain the proposed scheme is necessarily the BEST version of what needs to be done, but i do know SOMEthing needs to be done.

    Is julia a good PM? who knows. what i DO know is she knows this won’t be popular and is doing it anyway because she believes it needs to be done. even tho, realistically, it’s probably political suicide. good for her for having the courage to at least attempt to do something about this.

    • well darling Sputnik, you may say you’re not sophisticated enough to understand the ins and outs, but what you’ve said here is spot on. We certainly do our token bit as a wider community, and I just don’t think we can get away with this anymore in regards to the planet. And yes, I’m not a Julia Gillard fan but she is undoubtedly brave with this carbon tax issue. She will unlikely get re-elected but I think there’s probably other reasons for that. And if she’d possibly put more into explaining exactly how it’s going to work, and stood up and done a Q&A of some sort about it then she might have come off looking a little better. But on the whole, in this regard and let’s hope when it’s implemented that there is alot more information about where the money is going, then I say good on her. Hope you’re well my friend.x

  2. whilst I absolutely agree something needs to be done to protect and repair our environment, I am not sure this tax is the answer. Economically it will cripple a lot of business and households. The cost of living with interest rates, fuel prices, power and water not to mention food prices going up are too much already for some to bear. I do not see many other countries imposing such a tax which internationally will put us at a disadvantage due to a higher cost base. All this equals bad news for people. People also must count. People paying a tax to pay for things that they themselves may not be responsible for. We must approach this issue at an international level with some greater degree of unity. A blanket tax that is ill explained, fuzzy around the edges and the implications of which are likely to impact investment in this country is not going to help. I am aware of at least one business, a potential employer putting their plans to invest in setting up facilities in SA on hold because of this issue, I am sure there are many more. Yes the environment counts a lot but we must manage things with the bigger picture in mind…

    • Narelle the worrying thing as I mentioned in the column is that someone that many people do not trust, aka Julia Gilllard, asking us to make a huge change and investment in such an unknown and strange issue (an historical first) makes it very hard for us to feel like we know for sure that the tax is the way to go. What I didn’t go into detail about in the column, as there’s only so much 650 words will allow, is that the full strategy of how the tax will be used, how it will affect businesses, and the individual person needs to be really broken down for us all which really it still hasn’t been. That’s just stupid, and arrogant. If you can call an ‘Address to the Nation” on a national disaster and take up the amount of air time we have done in the past for floods etc, then the government should do the same for this issue, because it is the biggest issue we’re facing in these times. I for one would be more than happy to attend a large information forum on climate change, and the carbon tax or at least watch a couple of hours worth of broken down information. Thanks for your thoughts.x

  3. I totally agree with what Narelle wrote. Australians paying tax on carbon whilst all other nations have abandoned the Kyoto protocol is going to do nothing to reduce carbon emissions. Nor will it ever reduce carbon emissions by industry which is Australia’s largest producer of pollution. Any tax on power producers, transport companies and manufactures is just going to be passed on to the consumer. It will not reduce their carbon emissions.
    If the government is serious about reducing carbon emissions there are other ways to implement a reduced carbon foot print. This could be the phasing out of petrol powered cars through legislation and not tax over a time frame. Mandatory energy efficiency ratings for housing developments of a higher rating than current. Mandatory energy ratings on all new homes. Keep the government rebate on solar panels not phase it out. Other avenues could be improved traffic flows on Adelaide’s roads. A car that stops and starts in traffic uses a lot more fuel than a car coasting at 60 kph. All of these are ideas I have just thought about while writing this. I think the government needs to put more thought into its policies rather than making the working Australian, the so called “Aussie Battler” politicians like bringing up so often, pay more tax. Carbon tax will concrete us into recession like the rest of the world is in.

  4. Agree with Alex and Narelle. The carbon tax will not reduce carbon emissions it will only increase the cost of living as the biggest emitters merely pass these costs on to us. Australia is getting more and more expensive every year. side note – I ran into someone the other day who said “gee the australian dollar isnt worth much these days is it” and i said “are you kidding? its going gang busters overseas” (um because of the natural resources/mining/minerals mind you) and the dude said “no i mean its not worth much in Australia”. SO TRUE!

    Back to the topic at hand, Julia Gillard promised Australians no carbon tax if she was elected to government. She is very obviously a puppet to Green Bob Brown, who as of yesterday, is now running the country. Julia sold her soul to the devil to be PM and now she’s paying for it. To be honest, i feel sorry for her. This carbon tax is wrong, she knows it, everyone knows it. its just a way for the government to recoup the wasted money they spent on the NBN, pink bats, set boxes for pensioners and plain old giving people money! They are a pack of dick heads and the country is in a mess because of it and will only get worse until this government is out and the greens lose balance of power in the senate. I just read that the govt has scrapped their promise to fix a dangerous stretch of the Pacific Hwy, another broken promise – they need to get their priorities right.

    i thought to myself the other day “why am i suddenly so interested/fired up about Australian politics?” and my answer was because the country ran relatively smoothly and flourished under Hawke, Keating and Howard and i never needed to worry or care.

    Alex has already suggested ways to help with the environment, there are so many things we and our leaders can do but implementing a money grabbing tax is not one of them.

  5. I do believe that this is a late reply but here is how i do realise that our planet is going down the drain. I have looked into the ISFoundation and you can search it at http://www.isfoundation.com/
    This foundation was created to help to teach young children and adults on how to make a better planet.

    This foundation has taught me so much although i dont know how to make a difference since I want to do something and my parents wont let me. I am telling you about this foundation so you can get more people into this and help make a difference.

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