Let it never be said I am alarmist. Apoplectic, maybe.
Aside from the freeze on wheat exports from Russia, due to their drought and fires, and an iceberg 4 times the size of Manhattan breaking off in Greenland (thank heavens there’s no climate change, imagine what it would be like then!), we now have reports of steady decline in phytoplankton in the oceans.
Like clathrates, phytoplankton are ‘sleepers’ of climate change, but they are waking. Or rather vanishing. They are the bottom of the food chain, and also absorb CO2. Hence, as they diminish, there is less capacity to absorb the bad gas, and also less capacity to emit the good gas: oxygen.
Why is serious policy on climate change, sustainability and our food security not on the policy agency for the two major parties? Why has the campaign slipped into a quasi-celebrity soap opera, as Julie Bishop and Tony Abbott noted at their launch? But they are also not addressing these issues. Instead we hear the word ‘sustainable’ dropped into paragraphs, as if according to a mathematical, poll-driven formula.
It is disappointing that the Labor Environment Activist Network, of which I am now a member, doesn’t have the funds or numbers to make a real voice for the ALP. I have no idea if there is even a quiet polite voice for environmental awareness and action within the Liberal party. You tell me.
I recommend Bill McKibben’ latest cris de coeur:
Bill McKibben: A Wilted Senate on a Heating Planet
Bill McKibben: We’re going to have to raise our voices