It takes big news for Australia to rate a mention in Europe, but the carbon tax was all over CNN in Italy. A big tick to Julia for having the guts to put together a plan that covers most of the issues, isn’t too hard on business and doesn’t over-compensate richer households.
At last we are seeing some leadership on this globally critical issue.
Anyone who doubts climate change will end up like the dinosaurs, and, as mentioned in a comment on one of Graham’s blogs, the Age of the Anthropocene is now upon us.
That is a coin termed by scientist Paul Crutzen for the changes our species has brought to the ecosystem. And it was also the cover story of a recent Economist magazine, in case you think I read it in the whole earth catalog.
No wonder there is confusion about the impacts, or the patterns being altered or created. We may be the dominant species (for now), able to affect the nitrogen, carbon, water and other cycles, but we are not fully able to comprehend, much less control, the consequences, unintended or not, of our behaviour. Any more than wolves are able to work out or even express awareness when their prey gets over-eaten and their baby wolves starve. Are we really so arrogant to think we are so much smarter?
It is time for us to get behind our leader and buckle down for the ride ahead. Latest predictions say there is no hope of avoiding 4 degrees of warming this century. Adaptation is now the only way forward.
That sand some of us still have our heads in is going to get very warm indeed.