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The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

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Let’s dare to talk about it … a message of hope

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Forester, Speth, right, is interviewed on sustainability …

The response to the “What nobody dares to say to you about climate change” article ( HERE ) has been nothing short of astonishing.

Such perceptive commentary on what’s wrong, such heartfelt sharing about how alienated we all feel, and – above all – such remarkable suggestions about what to do about it.

These expressions are growing all over the world, but here in Tasmania we have a unique situation: firstly, it’s a small place – perhaps actually doing something about it is possible here?, and secondly, we’ve clearly got some very thoughtful and well-informed, aware people in it.

If we really care that much, we could build on the work others have already done, such as the US insider-turned-radical James Gustave Speth. After thirty years as a scientific advisor to the US administration, he has been forced to conclude:

“I used to think the top environmental problems were biodiversity loss, ecosystem collapse and climate change. I thought that with 30 years of good science we could address those problems. But I was wrong. The top environmental problems are selfishness, greed, and apathy … and to deal with those we need a spiritual and cultural transformation. And we scientists don’t know how to do that.”

But he has not allowed this to depress him into inactivity. He went to the Keystone pipeline protests, joined the Occupy movement in New York and other civil disobedience marches, and has turned to the people, writing many books to raise awareness.

The most powerful is “America the Possible”, the final chapter of which contains a manifesto for a better world. Don’t let the title put you off – in the book is the “what to do about it” list that we had hoped to hear from Bill McKibben.

Speth identifies these issues as primary: “The current system, predicated on GDP economic growth and consumerism, is not geared to produce good results for the people. The lack of independent media makes everything worse. Not supporting good values, social justice, good education, jobs and adequate basic living standards for all, makes succeeding with environmental objectives virtually impossible…”

And this is his agenda for tackling the problem. He sees it in two parts, only because of the environmental urgency that’s upon us now, so firstly: do everything you can to reduce the use of fossil fuels and prevent pollution. Above all, don’t fly. Do it yourself, urge your friends also, lobby your politicians, and vote to disable those political parties who continue to support the fossil fuel lobby.

The bigger, second part of his agenda is the truly wonderful bit, because so much of what is on it was also suggested by various TT readers in their comments. To stop doing more of same (which hasn’t fixed anything anyway), and to take back the narrative into our own hands, we need:

1. Leadership. Groups must be formed to create the igniting spark, formulate the issues, and provide the driving force to keep the momentum going.

2. We must work towards complete political reform: the adversarial party system may have reached its use-by date – it is not good use of taxpayers’ money to use it for ‘keeping a party in power’. Don’t vote for anyone who accepts any political donations. Demand that no advertising accompany any election. Tell the politicians what you want – or don’t want, such as the selling off of our significant assets and businesses to foreign investment.

3. Create a common vision to re-write, re-wire and re-program the system.

4. Support any independent media and lobby the government to support independent journalism.

5. Bring together all progressive groups so the coverage of issues can be much broader.

6. Stimulate private enterprise in appropriate areas – renewables, local services, food production, etc.

7. The government must go back to creating public employment – to make jobs that provide the things we need like more teachers, more educational institutions, building public housing and electric buses, creating better public transport, building things useful to the community, and employing many more public servants so that it can remain independent of vested interests and create better stability. Getting more people on steady wages, even if modest, is much better for the community than spending millions on foreign-owned companies (such as car manufacturers…) because “they will provide jobs”. We know they can close down just like that if it suits them – just ask the people who worked in the King Island abattoir.

There was a lot more on Speth’s list. But I don’t need to continue with it, because so many of you have already spelled it out.

That’s real cause for hope – a reassurance that something better does exist and we can work towards it. And I think we should, starting with your many great suggestions, drawing on existing groups and using the guidance offered by such as Gus Speth.

So, rather than lose this wonderful momentum, who is willing to start showing some of that leadership, join a group, get on the pollies’ tail (a great time right now, with the election coming up), write up ideas, and more? We have had the talking, next is the time for action. I invite you to indicate in the comments column to this article, if you are interested. If enough show up – we’ll do something real.

I want to finish with the hope expressed by one of the commentators:

“Life was good [in 1967]. We had perhaps two trips overseas in a lifetime. We rarely flew interstate, and it was not for some sports match or shopping trip. We lived with a fraction of the possessions but had community life. Today, with the internet, feminism, and all we’ve learned about self sufficiency, it could be a glorious time. Voluntary simplicity and an enriched community and cultural life. Since the oil-based economy is collapsing anyway, we can start to build the new Tasmania.”<'blockquote>

We have so much more clever, useful stuff now than we did in 1967.

Who needs to casually travel when there is Google Earth?

We can use Skype and video-conferencing.

We have the internet, email, digital photos and more. Forty years of political and social experience, psychological understanding, and computers to collate that information.

We could build on the 1967 insight that a certain level of material stuff is enough, and finally turn our excess time, energy and attention away from the distractions and back to where it belongs: to the home, the family, the neighbourhood… and back to this once-beautiful and special Island.

We can make it that way again.

Will you join me?

Others have already done it. Take a look at: http://www.oekoregion-kaindorf.at/ (activate the ‘translate page’ option): seven council districts in Germany have got together with the overall intention of reducing their emissions.

This has led to a vital communication with so much wonderful and inspirational stuff happening! (Thank you, Frank, for this link).

*Elizabeth Fleetwood ‘is of European origin and has lived in Tasmania for nearly 35 years. Ran two dairy farms in the NW, then two retail businesses in Burnie, raised a family of three children there; moved to Hobart 17 years ago and ran a tourism business for 10 years before selling and ‘retiring’ recently. Initially an unwilling immigrant, it was not long before the (then) pristine beauty and extraordinary history of this Island exerted its influence and created a campaigner for the preservation of this unique place. To see it being destroyed, along with the values that once made Australia a truly special place worth coming to, is a matter of great concern for this ordinary citizen, whose grandchildren will one day ask: why did you let this happen?’

Surviving the Carbon Apocalypse

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26 Comments

26 Comments

  1. Keith Antonysen

    May 11, 2016 at 2:11 pm

  2. Kim Peart

    May 11, 2016 at 9:18 am

    Re: 24 ~ As Earth changes race ahead of us life a wildfire, adaptation will need to be a rather mobile animal, until we wake up to the needs of raw survival and find a way to fight back to a safe Earth, and what must be done to achieve that. How far will the Earth change wildfire race ahead and how dangerous will the Earth get. If we take a lesser turn, such as adaptation only, we could lose the fight, especially if we haven’t even begun fighting back yet where the fight will be won.

  3. Frank Strie

    May 11, 2016 at 1:17 am

    Spot on Annie #23,
    There is more to good happy, healthy living than just one point of view.
    The combination of awareness in the whole day to day happenings.
    This afternoon I came across this article reporting about initiatives in Nepal, and I thought “Of Gorse” it would make a lot of sense down here in Tasmania as well!

    http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/future_tense/2016/05/what_an_invasive_species_in_nepal_tells_us_about_our_climate_future.html

    A Welcome Lesson From an Invasive Species
    What a dastardly plant in Nepal tells us about adapting to climate (and not just climate change).
    By
    Netra B. Chhetri, associate professor at Arizona State University’s School for the Future of Innovation in Society.
    and
    Jason Lloyd, a program manager for the Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes at Arizona State University.

  4. Annie

    May 10, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    I feel that we are so fortunate this week that it has rained. It is lovely to see all the birds in the garden having a sing and a twirl and a bath.The snow on the mountain is gorgeous too. Yes, collective action is helpful to save our tiny green and blue planet. I am grateful for poetry books too.

  5. Kim Peart

    May 9, 2016 at 10:16 am

    I offered a comment following a story in The Mercury today ~

    Talking Point: Ocean acidity rising at the most rapid rate in 300 million years
    Peter Boyer, 10 May 2016, The Mercury
    http://www.themercury.com.au/news/opinion/talking-point-ocean-acidity-rising-at-the-most-rapid-rate-in-300-million-years/news-story/5a2619492674a8a4a2b1eb764d041191#load-story-comments

    MY COMMENT ~

    What is the root cause of the ocean acid problem?

    The CO2 driving up ocean acidity is coming out of the air, because too much fossil fuel was burnt for too long, when there was an alternative.

    Asimov wrote about it in 1941 and Glaser figured out how to do it in 1968, to make an energy transition from fossil fuel to solar power, by building solar power stations in space, which could have begun in the 1970s.

    The failure to act on energy transition is now the highway to hell on Earth, but we could turn the table on the problem, by building solar power stations in space, to access the level of energy from the Sun needed to extract excess carbon from the air and also process extracted carbon into a useful product for Earth and space industries.

    This is our simple choice: go to hell and risk extinction, or aim for the heavens and secure survival, as well as a healthy Earth.

    The root cause of ocean acidity is the primal force for expansion in the Universe, expressed through evolution and human progress, but by seeking to do all we want on Earth, we have made the planet into a pressure cooker and its gunna blow, delivering death.

    Mum used to say “You can’t stop progress” but we sure have, because we failed to see that human progress was an expression of Nature, that must be released beyond Earth, or we are playing dice with the devil.

    Time for anyone who loves the Earth to mobilise globally via the Internet to plan local action to demand energy transition, with solar power stations in space, so we can win back a safe Earth.

    Kim Peart

    I am hopeful that a key number of people on Earth, even in Tasmania, will wake up in time, connect all the dots and act on human survival.

    Survival is one of the basic drivers of evolution toward greater diversity, but survival is a harsh mistress, where failure leads to extinction.

    Investing in cosmic survival needs to be seen as a basic necessity, if we wish to be part of the pageant of life.

    At our stage in evolution, we will offer our children a future among the stars, or a fate in the fossil record of Earth.

  6. Kim Peart

    May 2, 2016 at 6:13 pm

    Re: 20 ~ I agree with the need for a whole system approach.

    I also agree with stepping gently in Nature and like what I read in your comment.

    But Nature is also not gentle, considering how the lick of a solar flare could melt all our wires.

    The demands of survival are a harsh mistress. To take a whole system approach to survival, we need to consider our situation in the Solar System as a whole, and even the Milky Way, as stuff from exploding stars does land on Earth and become part of Nature.

    Another whole system is evolution and the force for expansion in Nature that drives life and is expressed in human progress.

    We are in an evolutionary phase change to a whole new way and a focus on the Earth alone will not reveal how this works and where it goes.

    With all that is happening, I see the Earth becoming a death-trap, if we will not work to release the natural force for the expansion of life beyond Earth.

  7. Frank Strie, Terra-Preta Developments

    May 2, 2016 at 5:17 pm

    Re #18 – Keith Antonysen , this link looks very serious!
    Yes you are right,”The question is, how many billions of square meters are impacted on?”

    Considering all this, we can also look at other examples in the natural landscape around us.

    As a ProSilva style forester I like to use this example:
    When a ‘mature’ multi-storey, mixed aged forest with well established understorey vegetation and covered with soft moss, ferns and likens covered is clearfelled, just ask yourself,by how many square meters of surface was removed and reduced over the same ground?

    How intense will the direct sunlight and the wind now impact on and over a very reduced surface area, in the same way, the rain that falls down on the clearfelled coupe site impacts directly on a much reduced surface area, consequently the speed and energy impact is dramatically increased. …
    So what do we going to do about it?

    How are we going to recapture and rebuild the carbon losses from the air?
    Not with wind turbines, not with solar or wave power technology, not with ever more use and release of hydrocarbons or still not with geothermal energy either.

    There is one natural way that can do it and that is https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chlorophyll
    “Chlorophyll (also chlorophyl) is a term used for several closely related green pigments found in cyanobacteria and the chloroplasts of algae and plants …”
    It is obviously not about a silver bullet solution but a whole systems approach.

    Then, the next step-question is:
    How are we going to increase the sponge effect in our soil and landscape?

    This not so secret answer can be discovered in the soil.
    If we like we can study and learn what others have already discovered and researched and then move from fear to action.
    One thing is clear, we can only change something – when we do something.

    So I like to suggest this article:
    https://www.biochar-journal.org/en/ct/75-Biochar-in-Japan-Makoto-Ogawa-recalls-a-lifetime-of-work-on-biochar-fungi-and-plant-growth-interaction

    Cited:
    McGreevy SR, Shibata A, Tanabiki Y:
    Biochar in Japan: Makoto Ogawa recalls a lifetime of work on biochar, fungi, and plant growth interaction,
    the Biochar Journal 2016, Arbaz, Switzerland.

  8. Kim Peart

    May 2, 2016 at 5:10 pm

    Re: 18 ~ There is an unfortunate dynamic in science that takes us into a carbon crisis, rather than out of it.

    Scientists see the facts and where they can go, but report less than they see through the peer review process.

    Also, with an eye on funding from politicians, there is a suppressant factor to keep the lid on facts, unless there is resounding evidence.

    As a consequence, we do not see scientists telling us all the facts.

    James Hansen is the exception, and he complains about the problem of scientific reticence and how it is part of the problem of dealing with the carbon crisis.

    As individuals we can dig to find the facts, and be terrified with the full story, but have a hell of a time telling the facts in the face of political conservatism, scientific reticence and the conviction of all who want to keep the cause of the problem running on a profit.

    We are now in the news phase, as the reality of carbon-driven Earth change arrives, but it would be good if the precautionary principle could be applied, and act on facts as a precaution, rather than waiting until it is too late to act.

  9. Keith Antonysen

    May 2, 2016 at 3:05 pm

    NOAA has released data showing the impact of all greenhouse gases.
    The measurement is 2.974 over equilibrium, per square meter.
    The question is, how many billions of square meters are impacted on?

    It is a huge red flag.

    http://www.esrl.noaa.gov/gmd/aggi/aggi.html

    The science has been covered in:

    https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/02/150225132103.htm

    Quote:

    “Scientists have observed an increase in carbon dioxide’s greenhouse effect at Earth’s surface for the first time. They measured atmospheric carbon dioxide’s increasing capacity to absorb thermal radiation emitted from Earth’s surface over an 11-year period at two locations in North America.”

  10. Frank again

    May 2, 2016 at 4:18 am

    Thanks Claire #16
    Very valid observations and points raised.
    Time will tell where this goes from here.
    Let’s get together to do just that:”a group of like minded individuals who actually work, with their own conscience, together for real common good”.
    The time will come I think possible.

  11. Claire Gilmour

    May 1, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    There is a lot of difference between a party that controls via keeping people dumbed down, complacent, told to toe a corporate help line without allowing individual members their own moral conscience – the ‘abetzians’ of this world … and a group of like minded individuals who actually work, with their own conscience, together for real common good.

    Where are the ‘billeted’ refugee kids of today’s corporate/government sponsored war? Getting raped in modern day refugee camps. We have the ‘Brave New World’ of Huxley’s story on our doorstep.

    Where has the compassion gone? Consumed in a McDonalds burger, in the latest smart phone, in coal/oil shares? Blind sided by the ‘growth’ system. Even animals seem to be better equipped to deal with tyranny amongst their own.

    Hope/faith – says … I shall be forgiven for my sins no matter what I do … everything will be ok, even if I do nothing. It says … trust in a higher power for your salvation. This takes away from personal responsibility. Is personal responsibility taught in schools? Is it in our moral fibre anymore? Even some animals appear capable to do more mortal enemy, cross-species compassion and care.

    Has modern democracy become a modern day subterfuge for dictatorship?

    Whilst looking outside our own earth square could well be the answer, you seemingly talk of exponential growth. We have yet to learn lessons in our own tiny world … I shudder to think, in our world’s currently controlled thinking, how we can possibly be let loose universally … without even worse ramifications.

  12. Kim Peart

    May 1, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    Re: 12 ~ I see hope and a way to act swiftly.

    Surviving the Carbon Apocalypse ~
    http://oldtt.pixelkey.biz/index.php?/weblog/article/surviving-the-carbon-apocalypse/

    The key to action is with each individual.

    There is no certainty, because the action needed now should have been happening in the 1970s.

    There are so many more problems that can get in the way now, as the neglected carbon crisis strikes at our survival.

    If we will not try, we cannot expect to win.

  13. Kim Peart

    May 1, 2016 at 8:45 am

    Re: 13 ~ The “Churchill” we must find to lead us, must now be found within ourselves.

    By understanding the forces of Nature and seeing how we can work with those forces to achieve greater creativity, we can figure out what works and hold a primary vision for life.

    When two or more individuals share this basic natural vision, they become a force of Nature.

    The primary force of Nature is expansion, seen at the beginning of the Universe, observed in the life of the Sun and found in how life spreads.

    The drive for diversity comes next, with the forming of ever more complex atoms and molecules, leading to evolution tumbling through time to deliver ever more complex ecologies and species.

    The refining edge in evolutionary expression to ever greater diversity, is survival.

    When we figure out how we must ride the wave of evolution as an advanced global civilisation, then we will live the way that delivers survival, prosperity and increased creativity.

    We need to know what we are fighting for, how we are fighting and whether our battle plan will deliver survival.

    When the problem can be reduced to its simplest shape, the real challenge can emerge and be seen.

    Kim Peart

  14. Robert LePage

    April 30, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    6#Keith Antonysen; puts it in a nutshell.
    How many will take any notice and actually do anything about this?
    Yes Claire, what we need is another “Churchill” to lead us but where will we find one and would we listen?

  15. A.K.

    April 30, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    It would be wonderful if there was a quick, easy answer to the collapsing environment and ecology and there was 40 years ago. Now there is no answer, just methods to survive. No good putting forward airy fairy maybes and hope, or expecting anyone but ourselves to do something, it won’t happen.

    The biggest barrier is the political system and reluctance of just about everyone to take responsibility for their footprint on the planet. The most glaringly obvious at fault are the urbanites, who make a lot the noise, but do absolutely nothing but continue to enhance the problems in how they conduct their every day lives.

    All you hear from them is someone do something, but they never do and that’s why there are no viable solutions. To have viable solutions, you have to have interactive support and involvement with setting them up and putting them into action. Urbanites in particular do what is the opposite to what is required, sure they want to put solar panels on their houses, but that’s for economic reasons, not to reduce carbon outputs. If they were into that, they’d give up their heavily polluting cars, lifestyle and walk a lot more. As it is, they tend to drive just a few meters for everything, or use another form of polluting transport.

    As for the political, as long as we keep the current model of party control, there is no hoe whatsoever. You only have to read what politicians of all persuasion post on TT, to see none provide anything but more of the same idiocy and all they concentrate on is blame games, childish hissy fits and it wasn’t me denial.

    Tas can only survive of we close our doors to more people, get rid of the pollies and concentrate on putting or efforts into survival mode. This would give us a chance and ensure when things cool down, our kids and grandkids can have a life, instead of a death sentence looming over everyone in just a few short years.

    Greenland ice shelves are already melting, decades before predictions, weather events forecast for the 2050’s and 3000’s, are happening now and warming this year has so far been dramatic and is some places extreme.

    http://www.smh.com.au/environment/greenland-ice-sheet-melting-has-started-early-20160429-gohx1z.html

  16. Kim Peart

    April 30, 2016 at 10:40 am

    Re: 8 ~ If party politics is poison, what will the vision be that unites and leads to the action which will deliver working solutions to real world problems?

    If Churchill hadn’t inspired England to resist Hitler, where would our world be? Churchill could only lead the nation as head of a party in power.

    We need a leader now who will inspire the whole world. But we also need to know what the vision is that we must fight for.

    We have yet to face the brutal truth the problem we face. We risk delay in this fight so long, it will be too late when we wake up and get serious.

    Having delved into the carbon problem for some years, I can see the cause and the consequence and the picture I see is really ugly. I also see that the solution will require radical action in an unexpected direction.

    I wonder if others are willing to follow this investigative trail?

  17. Frank Strie

    April 30, 2016 at 3:23 am

    Yes, doing is reality!
    So, are the people in other places working on this very need and all levels.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwfy1jFEePU

    2014 OUR BLUE PLANET -Pioneering a Sustainable Future-
    Published on Aug 11, 2015

    The Blue Planet Prize is an annual award presented to individuals or organizations worldwide in recognition of outstanding achievements leading to solutions to global environmental problems.
    The 2014 winners are ecological economist Dr. Herman Daly (USA), and joint-recipients biologist Dr. Daniel Janzen (USA) and the National Biodiversity Institute of Costa Rica (INBio). Dr. Daly pioneered “ecological economics,” incorporating such factors as the environment, local communities, quality of life, and ethics into economic theory.
    Dr. Janzen has been working for many years on the restoration and conservation of tropical forests in Costa Rica. INBio, together with Dr.Janzen, has created a biodiversity inventory and promoted environmental education.
    The program features 2014 Blue Planet Prize laureates discussing how humans can contribute to protect the future of our blue planet.

  18. Steve

    April 30, 2016 at 1:29 am

    “The top environmental problems are selfishness, greed, and apathy,”; Can’t argue with that.
    Every time I read comments telling us how easy it would be, if we only did….. ; my thoughts run exactly along the lines of the quoted statement.
    I’ve no doubt that at this stage climate change could be addressed, if it became an overwhelming imperative. My concern is whether it will be able to be addressed by the time it actually becomes an imperative? The hysteresis of global systems is so huge. It’s likely that the effects we are seeing now are more down to the Victorians than us. The mind boggles as to what will happen when the rest kicks in!

  19. Claire Gilmour

    April 29, 2016 at 11:26 pm

    And wouldn’t Hypatia loved to have known whilst the earth spins it also moves by degrees … the earth is not static, neither is the land mass upon it…

    It is completely ridiculous that a small, isolated, and basically kept dumbed down by politicians island like Tassie has the ‘knowing’ ‘intelligent’ where withal to change the status quo in the world. I use to think it might have … then blow- in politicians arrived – who don’t have a damn clue of real survival. They helped create a quarter of the population as ‘paid for by government baby making bogans’! ‘cos the country apparently needs a proportion of poor, blind, dumb and mute unemployed, old, unworthy, un-cared for, homeless, drug fucked (with political help) to keep the ‘polly parties’ going.

    These people don’t have access to the ‘world’ and what is really happening.

    They don’t know their land boundaries have changed because the earth moves; they don’t know population growth has already consumed the earth, and we are just in survival mode now. They don’t know earth/ life is finite – cos they have been taught as long as you buy and spend – you live …spuriously and ultimately superfluous.

    Tell me where the ‘HOPE’ is for them?

    Hope is a religious dogma.

    Doing is reality!

    And doing is not what party politics is about!

    They don’t want people to – do … they want people to follow … and they lead them to the cliff, and said jump … so they did!!!

  20. Frank Strie

    April 29, 2016 at 5:08 pm

    Four “Sustainability through Social Media Marketing” students hope that the Facebook page design of the Ecoregion Kaindorf is well received and look forward to visitors, particular also among young people. With one click you now do not miss any events!

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ökoregion-Kaindorf/404882012895391
    If you like, feel free to make your contributions or ask questions in English, they will respond!!

    By the way: Have you seen the Wikipedia page of the Ecoregion Kaindorf?

    http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ökoregion_Kaindorf

  21. Keith Antonysen

    April 29, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    Worth reading and considering:

    http://www.truthdig.com/eartotheground/item/neoliberalism_is_destroying_our_lives–and_many_of_us_20160427

    As individuals there is much we can do to to reduce our carbon foot print:

    We are in a transition stage from fossil fuel use to a greater reliance on renewable energy; if we drive our vehicles a little slower we will reduce emissions and save money.
    Walk rather than drive when the opportunity arises.
    Grow your own vegetables.
    Collect water when it rains for the garden.
    Plant fruit trees.
    Plant trees and shrubs appropriate to your property.
    Rather than travel by plane use alternative modes of transport where possible.

  22. Simon Warriner

    April 29, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    Point 2 reinforces what I have been saying about party politics being the carcinogen in which our body politic bathes.

    Those of us that want things to change need to counter the years of effort and massive amount of money that has been expended on educating our fellow voters not to think for themselves but instead to subcontract that task to political parties and think tanks funded by fronts for a very small group of rich and greedy individuals. Any action that is not directed at that reality is doomed to fail.

    Complete reform is misleading, I think. The democratic system can be used more effectively. Think David Foster, compared with the party political model which is analogous to one man holding the handle while another beats the head of the axe with a rock.

    We need independent representatives who are prepared to REPRESENT their constituents views on issues and then work co-operatively with their fellow representatives to find the best outcome for the greatest common good. This contrasts with representatives who stand in support of issues or ideologies and then refuse or fail to represent those of their constituents who hold differing views. That failure to consider other perspectives has led us to be governed by those with a very narrow and out of focus view of the world, and here we are!

    The good news is that we have a workable tool in democracy. One that would deliver far better results if only we would collectively use it better.

    Will that prevent the cluster fuck shit storm that is headed our way as a result of past stupidity and greed? Nope, not a snowballs in hell, but it might just make it possible that some of us will survive and learn from the experience.

    For those interested, what seems to be the definitive discussion on this subject matter is being led by John Michael Greer here: http://thearchdruidreport.blogspot.com.au/

    He has been beating precisely the same drum as Elizabeth for ten years next week and all who are interested and many who are not would benefit greatly from spending time reading what he has had to say. Not to put the academic down, but I doubt he is leading by example…..

  23. Kim Peart

    April 29, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    As I look at the displays being prepared for tomorrow ~
    1pm Sunday 1 May ~ Walk in the Clouds ~ meeting at the top end of High Street in Ross ~
    http://oldtt.pixelkey.biz/index.php?/pr-article/ross-walk-in-the-clouds-1pm-sunday-1-may/

    I see more clearly the interesting links between tourism, community, heritage, art and survival on a planet with an advanced global civilisation.

    We will be looking at the site of a lookout for Ross on our land on the hill, where residents and visitors will be able to enjoy the panorama and some may reflect on our place on the planet and role in Nature in this vast Universe.

    The sculpture trail around the top of the hill is planned to inspire and challenge, leading to the place where the displays on all matters of concern in our Solar System will be found.

    A lonely website address on the hill above Ross will lead visitors to our global presence in the virtual worlds, where people can meet globally to plan local action toward building amazing futures.

    Maybe we will attract interest in Ross becoming energy self-sufficient.

    Maybe we will inspire a new way to allow real work with real pay for all able workers.

    Maybe we will cause visitors to think about this carbon apocalypse that is now upon us, and ask what the real working solution is.

    It has oft been said that it only takes ten determined individuals, working as one, to change the world.

    In the world we live in, using communication mediums like the virtual worlds, those ten individuals could all be Tasmanian.

    That is one reason to demand the Tasmanian Government connects us to the global undersea Internet cable running south of Tasmania.

    We face a simple choice. ~ To be determined with a shared vision that is drawn on facts.

    There are few who are really willing to shake off old tried and failed views, dig into the facts and reemerge with a new vision.

    James Hansen did that and is now being heard by the nations of Earth, though the action falls way short of winning back a safe Earth.

    That new vision is the one we need now, to secure our survival and win back a safe Earth.

    We have a challenge before us far greater than winning WWII against the German and Japanese empires.

    Only when we grasp the monstrous size of the challenge now before us, are we beginning to see the work and path ahead.

    We are in a battle for human survival, where losers will not survive.

    Let’s make every child born on Earth a winner.

    Kim Peart

  24. Got Me Some Chocolate

    April 29, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    Forget about climate change hope
    This hope is just grasping at rope
    We won’t give up cars
    Or chocolate bars
    Without them the rich couldn’t cope

  25. Kim Peart

    April 29, 2016 at 11:59 am

    “The top environmental problems are selfishness, greed, and apathy,” ~ I can agree with that.

    The core challenge we face is to reduce CO2 in the air from the present 400 parts per million (ppm) and rising, to below 350, to bring any temperature rise below 1.5C.

    How this is achieved is a global challenge.

    What is the plan to achieve it?

    It has to happen swiftly.

    Conditions are going to get a lot worse, before we can turn this tide of death.

    If there is no plan, then false hope is being peddled, fiddling while the Earth burns.

    There is much we can do locally, but that will not solve the global problem.

    If and when we see the plan, any individual Tasmanian can have a huge impact globally, using the new technologies such as the virtual worlds as an advanced and interactive communications medium.

    There was a solid solution to the carbon problem in the 1970s, but it was ignored through selfishness, greed and apathy.

    I wonder who is willing to get back to the future with hope.

    At present we run blindly with failed options.

    Kim Peart

  26. Isla MacGregor

    April 29, 2016 at 11:26 am

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