Jul 142008
 

Last year I wrote a letter to Bob McMullan as part of the Australian Conservation Foundation’s WhoOnEarthCares campaign.  I received a fairly prompt reply, but its hard to tell just how much impact a letter like that really has.

Australia is now approaching another milestone, with the federal government preparing to set a target to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions.  The draft report of Professor Garnaut’s Climate Change Review has given a new opportunity to write a letter through WhoOnEarthCares, and just in case it can actually have an impact, I’ve posted one off.

I strongly encourage you to say you care too, and again here is a copy of my letter to inspire you.

 14 July, 2008

Mr R. F. McMullan, MP
Unit 8/1, Torrens St
Braddon, ACT 2612

Dear Mr McMullan,

We only have a short window of time to act before much of our ignorant trampling of the environment will be impossible to undo.  We need to step out of our comfort zone and take much more action than we have to date. Australia has some of the largest tracts of nature as it was before human exploitation, and  I would like this country to be a world leader in caring for the environment that supports our existence.

I believe that Professor Garnaut’s Climate Change Review Draft Report has given us yet another wake up call: “We will delude ourselves if we think that scientific uncertainties are cause for delay. Delaying now will eliminate attractive lower-cost options… To delay is to deliberately choose to avoid effective steps to reduce the risks of climate change to acceptable levels.”

I am prepared to do my bit, and make personal sacrifices in order to achieve environmental sustainability. For instance, to reduce my greenhouse pollution I have personally committed to:
– Switch my household power supply to accredited GreenPower
– Install a water efficient shower head
– Set my washing machine to wash my clothes in cold water
– Eat a vegetarian diet
– Drive 20 kilometres less each week
– Stop buying grocery items with excessive packaging

As an individual, however, my actions can only have limited impact. The decisions made by federal and state governments this year will have a far greater impact on how quickly we will address the challenge of climate change.

My question is – will you listen to Professor Garnaut’s warning and show that you’re serious about tackling climate change? Will you support a national goal of reducing Australia’s greenhouse pollution by at least 30 per cent by 2020?

We are a privileged generation, with an opportunity to face up to the challenge of climate change and protect our children’s future. It’s a chance future generations will not have, and even we are already running short on time to act. If we fail to take strong action now, then we are selling future generations into a form of ecological slavery to support our greed.

I ask that you support strong and urgent action on climate change and let me know where you and your party stand. I look forward to receiving your response to my questions.

Sincerely,

Lachlan Rogers
3 Macleay St
Turner, ACT 2612

  2 Responses to “Still on earth, and still caring”

  1. I forgot to mention that Bob McMullan sent back a fairly prompt reply. In it, he reiterated that the Garnaut Report was “a timely reminder that the world is warming and this is causing more droughts, water shortages and extreme weather”.

    The bulk of his reply focussed on the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) that the government plans to introduce. He argued its benefits well, but the fact that the ETS so dominated his letter leaves me slightly worried that it is all the government plans to do about environmental issues.

    He did also mention that the government “is committed to giving a firm indication of the medium term pathway for reducing emissions at the end of this year”, and that they will be informed by “a range of considerations including the reports of Professor Garnaut”. Hopefully they can get this significant milestone right.

    Lastly, Bob McMullan pointed me to the Rudd Government’s plan to tackle climate change which is available at http://www.climatechange.gov.au. Overall, I was reasonably happy with his response; but the real power in writing letters to government representatives is found in numbers. I encourage you to say you care too and send your own letters.

  2. Hello I like your post “Still on earth, and still caring” so well that I like to ask you whether I should translate into German and linking back. Greetings Engel

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