Tim Tam The Flim-Flam Man

Aqui vamos nós novamente, the man who has been ridiculed world wide as a total activist nut case. He got his 15 minutes of fame when working for the Gillard Government and produced a ridiculous websiteproving beyond doubtthat climate change was realall because of a couple of hotter than usual days in Australia. Read this, its all doom and gloom which is the usual climate change activists narrative. Kinda gets same old same old and boring after a while. And best yet, Australian of the year.

The gloves are off: ‘predatoryclimate deniers are a threat to our children

Tim Flannery

In this age of rapidly melting glaciers, terrifying megafires and ever more puissant hurricanes, of acidifying and rising oceans, é difícil acreditar que qualquer novo estímulo para a acção climática é necessária.

Mas a realidade é que continuamos a viver em um mundo-business-as-usual. Our media is filled with enthusiastic announcements about new fossil fuel projects, or the unveiling of the latest fossil-fuelled supercar, como se não há nenhuma relação entre essas coisas e mudanças climáticas.

Na Austrália, a desconexão entre os nossos líderes políticos sobre a natureza mortal de combustíveis fósseis é particularmente de tirar o fôlego.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison continues to sing the praises of coal, enquanto membros do governo pedem subsídios para usinas de energia movidas a carvão. Alguns dias atrás, Energy and Emissions Reduction Minister Angus Taylor urged that the nation’s old and polluting coal-fired power plants be allowed to run “a todo vapor”.

No passado, muitos de nós têm tolerado esses pronunciamentos como as enunciações de idiotas - no verdadeiro, original Greek meaning of the word as one interested only in their own business. But the climate crisis has now grown so severe that the actions of the denialists have turned predatory: eles agora são uma ameaça imediata para os nossos filhos.

A ‘fracasso colossal’ do ativismo clima

Cada ano a situação se torna mais crítica. Em 2018, global emissions of greenhouse gases rose by 1.7 per cent while the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere jumped by 3.5 parts per million — the largest ever observed increase.

No relatório sobre o clima ou aviso, nenhum acordo político, nem a inovação tecnológica alterou a trajetória sempre ascendente da poluição. This simple fact forces me to look back on my 20 years of climate activism as a colossal failure.

Many climate scientists think we are already so far down the path of destruction that it is impossible to stabilise the global temperature at 1.5℃ above the pre-industrial average without yet to be developed drawdown technologies such as those that remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. Com base nas tendências atuais, dentro de uma década ou mais, estabilizando em 2 ℃ da mesma forma será além do nosso alcance.

E do outro lado desse limiar, nature’s positive feedback loops promise to fling us into a hostile world. Por 2100 - somente 80 years away — if our trajectory does not change, it is estimated that Earth will be 4℃ warmer than it was before we began burning fossil fuels.

Far fewer humans will survive on our warming planet

That future Earth may have enough resources to support far fewer people than the 7.6 billion it supports today. British scientist James Lovelock has predicted a future human population of just a billion people. Mass deaths are predicted to result from, among other causes, disease outbreaks, air pollution, malnutrition and starvation, heatwaves, and suicide.

Minhas crianças, e os de muitos poluidores proeminentes e negam clima, will probably live to be part of that grim winnowing — a world that the Alan Joneses and Andrew Bolts of the world have laboured so hard to create.

Dozens of young people gathered together, holding colourful signs with pro-climate action slogans. FOTO: Students gathered on the steps of South Australia’s Parliament House as part of the nationwide climate strikes in March. (ABC noticias: Gabriella Marchant)

How should Australia’s parents deal with those who labour so joyously to create a world in which a large portion of humanity will perish? As I have become ever more furious at the polluters and denialists, I have come to understand they are threatening my children’s well-being as much as anyone who might seek to harm a child.

Young people themselves are now mobilising against the danger. Increasingly they’re giving up on words, and resorting to actions. Extinction Rebellion is the Anthropocene’s answer to the UK working class Chartists, the US Declaration of Independence, and the defenders of the Eureka Stockade.

Its declaration states:

This is our darkest hour. Humanity finds itself embroiled in an event unprecedented in its history, one which, unless immediately addressed, will catapult us further into the destruction of all we hold dear [] The wilful complicity displayed by our government has shattered meaningful democracy and cast aside the common interest in favour of short-term gain and private profit [] We hereby declare the bonds of the social contract to be null and void.

Words have not cut through. Is rebellion the only option?

Not yet a year old, Extinction Rebellion has had an enormous impact. In April it shut down six critical locations in London, overwhelmed the police and justice system with 1,000 arrests, and forced the British government to become the first nation ever to declare a climate emergency.

So unstable is our current societal response that a single young woman, Greta Thunberg, has been able to spark a profoundly powerful global movement. Less than a year ago she went on a one-person school strike. Today school strikes for climate action are a global phenomenon.

Greta Thunberg holds a microphone on stage as she speaks to a crowdFOTO: Greta Thunberg speaks at aFridays for Futureprotest in Berlin in July. (Reuters: Fabrizio Bensch)

On September 20 in Australia and elsewhere, school principals must decide whether they will allow their students to march in the global climate strike in an effort to save themselves from the climate predators in our midst, or force them to stay and study for a future that will not, on current trends, eventuate.

I will be marching with the strikers in Melbourne, and I believe teachers should join their pupils on that day. After all, us older generation should be painfully aware that our efforts have not been enough to protect our children.

The new and carefully planned rebellion by the young generation forces us earlier generations of climate activists to re-examine our strategy. Should we continue to use words to try to win the debate? Or should we become climate rebels? Changing the language around climate denialism will, I hope, sharpen our focus as we ponder what comes next.

Tim Flannery is a professorial fellow at the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute at University of Melbourne, the chief councillor at the Climate Council and a former Australian of the Year. This article originally appeared on The Conversation.

Fonte: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-09-17/climate-change-deniers-are-a-threat-to-our-children/11518138

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