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Discussion in 'The Backstage' started by Stuart, Aug 1, 2019.
ABC at 7.40pm (AEST) tonight
Even the eternally optimistic Sir David Attenborough appeared to struggle to maintain a positive outlook in his new ‘Climate Change’ documentary, which aired here last night...
I am now both deeply depressed & very angry in equal measures.
Yeah heavy stuff!
The most frightening aspect was watching that Methane bubble up from the permafrost and burn like it did.
We don’t want that stuff in our atmosphere or we'll end up like our neighbour!
Add to the thawing of the permafrost is the releasing of age old viruses and bacteria, the likes of which we are no longer immune.
Wow, I had never thought of that aspect before
Sheesh my knuckles could start to drag (again), I could end up with club foot and my brow could be even lower! In modern day terms this would be known as “Bogan” disease.
Nah! No problems had those already for years~
I haven't seen the programme yet but I'll be sure to watch it online, I watched a similar video earlier in the year on youtube, this guy has a great channel called "Just have a think"
He covers lots of climate topics and has a great presentation style that's easy to follow.
One thing that irks me, is the disposable society.
People don't fix things anymore.
They lack the skills
It's cheaper to replace the item
Manufacturers make it needlessly difficult
Few if any "authorized" repair facilities
When I worked for Radio Shack many moons ago, we actually had a repair center that we'd ship stuff to for repairs. Granted, some of that was board-swapping, but tossing a circuit board is less impactful than an entire device.
Phone culture is a driver in this as well, try to find a new cell phone with a replaceable battery. Corning glass can make a nearly invincible screeen, but the industry demands thinner phones. For my part, if something breaks around the house SWMBO at least let's me take a crack at it before it gets binned. Often, it's something simple like a bad solder joint or a wire that needs to be spliced.
Annnnnd then there’s this!
Good grief! that makes for scary reading to say the least.
It’s all about the ’tipping points’, from which there is no return!
Mrs Eggs’ group has been rallying petition signatures at various railway stations & shopping precincts in our Shire a couple of mornings each week in the lead up to Council’s vote to declare a...
BTW, that structure they were photographed on yesterday is, appropriately, an amazing water driven, chimes enabled, clock fountain, which even received honourable mention in the Lonely Planet Oz guide.
I signed a petition the other week to get the UK MET office to name UK storms after fossil fuel companies
They wont like their company name being linked to bad weather events on the main news.
Some positive progress in Oz this week... Local Councils on the New South Wales Central Coast, Northern Beaches & in Bega have declared Climate Emergencies.
This makes more sense to me than electric!
Hydrogen cars should definitely be in the future mix, but we simply don’t have the luxury of waiting until 2025 for the possibility of action.
In other news:
Victoria’s Surf Coast Council & Adelaide City in South Australia both declared Climate Emergencies yesterday...
It is looking increasingly unlikely that we will achieve a declaration in our highly conservative Hornsby Shire (ironically subtitled ‘The Bushland Shire’) at their 18 September 2019 meeting...
So yesterday I advised all of our Councillors that my ‘new job’ will be to ‘work to remove from office’ any that fail to support the motion...
&, also yesterday, the prognosis for the survival of the Great Barrier Reef was downgraded from ‘Poor’ to ‘Very Poor’...
Climate Action is no longer an academic debating point... It is an existential imperative.
That's all very cool, but the thing is, what do they actually do to implement it, to make it an every day concern ?
There is a whole list of ‘convertibles’ that Councils are implementing following their Declarations, including fleet conversions to electric vehicles & solar installations on public buildings & amenities... It’s all about leading by example &, in Oz, pushing upward against recalcitrant & self interested parties at higher levels of government... Several of the Council areas I listed have already experienced serious issues with coastal properties being compromised, so these climate problems are already upon us here, but they pale in comparison to the effects our Torres Strait & Pacific Islands neighbours are facing!
I read this morning that the university of Cambridge has removed most meat dishes from their menus to cut it's carbon emissions. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-49637723
Shouldn't they be working on the lab grown stuff? At least replication technology for Spock's sake!
Two more Sydney Councils declared a Climate Emergency this week...
Our Council vote tonight, & Mrs Eggs is speaking prior to the vote...
Despite that, I do not hold high hopes for a successful outcome, & this sees me both depressed & very angry
PS: Per my post in the ‘Front Desk’ I can neither like or reply to posts currently... Don’t take it personally if I seem to skip past your comments