John Spoehr made some extremely important points in his article “It Ain’t Easy Bein’ Green” (The Adelaide Review January 2010).
I think the most important one was that given the global environmental crisis and the scarcity of water, we need to develop a green approach to economics to ensure that the planet does not become uninhabitable for human beings and many other species that are already endangered.
The past 12 months has indeed demonstrated to us all that political leaders globally considered that the global financial crisis was of greater importance than the global environmental crisis.
The very generous bailing out of the banks and other financial institutions that were mostly responsible for the global financial crisis in the first place could, we have been told by aid organisations, have overcome world poverty and third world debt. It could have also been diverted to put a lot of finance into green solutions and sustainable industries which we urgently need, but which the wealthy of the world rarely support – preferring to invest in “clean” coal and the “clean” peaceful atom.
I hope that John is correct when he states that communities will change their leaders if they fail to respond to the global environmental crisis.
Cophenagen showed us very clearly that our Federal Government was extremely reluctant to do much about this crisis and that our Opposition thought that it was going too far and wanted to do less, despite Tony Abbott’s claim that it is greener than the Government.
For far too long, political leaders have relied on the market place to provide all human needs. This notion has been based on several assumptions by those who proft most:
- the idea that the profit motive is the only valid one to advance human progress
- the right to pollute without taking any responsibility
- the right to rapaciously exploit the workers who generate the wealth and the global environment in which we live
- the right to foist industries on the world community whether they be necessary or sustainable
We can no longer afford to tolerate such greedy, short-sighted and irresponsible thinking if we are to ensure that future generations will have a healthy and viable habitat.