DRAFT COPY Hi Sally and Neil just wanted to float this letter past you.
Is it all to full on? Will it upset some in Canberra? Cheers Robert
This is the most important letter written so far by this small group. We write letters and mail them to you all in Canberra every month; 266 letters to 226 parliamentarians, asking for your help.
Our community is still angry (and very demoralised) at no real action in Canberra. We must reach a critical mass of people wanting action on climate and wanting to take the heat out of the Canberra debate.
We, in Australia are no closer to the required emission reductions of 45% by 2030. In a few years we will demand a royal commission into why we did not have a royal commission into our climate inaction in the early 2000’s.
After 10 months of letters to you all and another 10 months of this year gone, we are all no closer to the energy policy, electric car strategy etc as promised.
As we slowly boil, it all boils down to Duty of Care by the parliament of Australia towards our small ADAC group, the community at large and in the end us all.
Canberra and many others claim that fixing the problem will cost far too much, we can’t afford the damage to the economy.
Can’t we afford the cost of survival?
Sorry, but we need a plan, we need hope not hopelessness, we need a climate change bill to be tabled on 9th November 2020 to move forward. The scientists and experts say it can still be done, we have the technology now, but we all must act.
To say no is insanity.
A DIFFERENT APPROACH COMMUNITY Pty Ltd
ADAC – Climate Action in Australia
P.O. Box 1906, Geelong, 3220, Victoria
28th July 2020
Senator M.F. Smith
Commonwealth Parliament Offices,
Suite 6, Level 13, 100 King William Street
Adelaide SA 5000
Dear Senator M.F. Smith,
Australians have appreciated collaborative state and federal government initiatives to halt the spread of Covid-19. Like many around the world, they are suffering from high levels of anxiety as they deal with the fragmentation of family and social networks, loss of freedoms and loss of travel dreams.
Many have felt the pain of isolation, and of financial and social distress. Breadwinners are doubting their ability to provide for their families into the future. Grandparents have been denied seeing their newborn grandchildren. Family members have had to die alone. Our children fear closeness. They are developing germ phobias and struggling with nightmares. There will be long-term effects of Covid-19 on the mental health of Australians.
The virus is the tip of the iceberg in terms of mental health. Australians, especially our young people, are already suffering a profound foreboding about the effects of climate change on their future. Some doubt they will reach old age and plan not to have children.
They are painfully aware of the rate at which plant and animal species are becoming extinct. The increased frequency of bushfires and other climate-driven disasters is obvious to them. They fear the long term international tensions that will result from shortages of food and water. Intense feelings will turn to anger if Australians see political vested interests blocking collaborative action to avert the worst effects of climate change. The Covid-19 catch cry ‘we are all in this together’ needs to permeate political thinking about the even deeper crisis that the world faces, climate change.
The nation’s capacity to prevent disasters, to nurture a healthy environment, to ease international tensions and to develop a strong economy based on sustainable technologies will diminish the longer we put off the bipartisan approach necessary. As the nation rebuilds from Covid-19, it is important that the advice of scientists and economists modifies oppositional politics and is treated with the same respect as it has been during the pandemic.
ADAC encourages you to support Zali Stegall’s https://climateactnow.com.au/
Helen Middleton (Psychologist – Telehealth)
From all at ADAC Robert Patterson