Eminent Australians #ClimateEmergency call met with political silence in #Ausvotes: @takvera reports

On thursday 23rd June a host of eminent Australians called on the next Australian Government to declare a climate emergency. The call was made in an open letter published as a half page advertisement in The Age Newspaper. Yet the open letter produced just two news stories at the ABC (here and here) There was no other coverage. No comment by political leaders. Just a political silence. In the middle of an election campaign. The issue being raised is a fundamental one which affects us all and future generations, yet political silence reigned. The letter comes near the end of the second last week in the Federal election campaign. Climate […]

Token #ausvotes funding to Great Barrier Reef facing #extinction. A #climateemergency warns @takvera

We need to come to terms that the Great Barrier Reef ecosystem and coral reef ecosystems globally as we know them, are facing extinction. It is a climate emergency. The reef is our canary in a coalmine and it is now dying from the greenhouse gases we have released. Early surveys of the Great Barrier Reef showed that 93 percent of reefs were affected by coral bleaching. Scientists have been undertaking extensive aerial and underwater surveys since then to refine these initial survey results. Scientists from the Coral Reef Centre of Excellence are now reporting that over 35 percent of coral north of Cairns in the northern and central regions […]