Cate Blanchett is right and wrong on climate change
I like Cate’s economic thinking here:
She ... mentioned the loss of agricultural and tourism industry jobs, adding: “We have the ability to kick start the low carbon economies of the future right when we need to, and that’s now.”
Changing the traditional drivers of economic production is something that I reckon will be fundamental to bringing about serious reductions in carbon emissions across the economy. Agriculture and heavy industry cannot continue in their current form, but making anything happen is going to take enormous will from politicians and consumers, open-mindedness from workers on new opportunities from innovation, and also support from government for workers making a transition between jobs.
On the other hand, I can’t say I agree with Cate on this:
The star of the Elizabeth period dramas cited recent bushfires in her homeland.
“Australia’s best climate scientists have been warning us that we’ll face many more catastrophic fire days in southeast Australia unless the world acts to dramatically cut greenhouse pollution.’’
I suspect there will be some sweeping changes to how Australians prepare for and manage bushfires after Black Saturday. Because one thing we are assured of in Australia’s future is more fires, and it undermines the responsibilities of those charged with managing them to somehow link future blazes with global emissions. Below is a new video from the deadly blaze at Marysville which brings back the horrific reality of what happened that weekend. But let us know what you think about Cate’s comments.
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