As one of the most important issues of our time, you would think I would have at least several posts by now on this matter because it matters so much. But it’s such a complex issue that it is easier to write about the practical environmental tips that we can do at the micro level to help save our planet and to write other stuff like how to make Anzac biscuits.
Unfortunately, I’m not the only one with inertia on the climate change issue. While scientists have been documenting significant evidence about man-made environmental changes that are buggering up the planet, politicians and others (and we should include the CEOs of multinationals that have a greater GDP than many countries) are suffering from head-in-sand syndrome.
I am not alone in feeling that our own state government in New South Wales in Australia is not serious about the problem. Take water, for example. The government is building a desalination plant to guarantee water supply but at what cost? Hugely expensive to build and run, some marine biologists argue that it will also add to environmental damage with the massive increase of salt levels in the ocean around the plant. That sounds like a lose-lose scenario to me. The desal plant will also eat up vast quantities of electricity which may still be produced by coal fired electricity plants while the government charges the people of New South Wales ever increasing amounts of money to access the water. Where is the plan for the future sustainability of the environment in the state?
It’s time for governments to seriously think about mobilising the good intentions of their constituents and come up with environmental sustainable plans that embrace eco-friendly infrastructure for delivery of water and power and include micro-level systems where households can contribute to their own water retention and electricity generation. The technology is available right now – it is only the will of governments that is missing. A costly desalination plant that few people I know want is just not good enough. We all need to become more proficient at generating our own power needs and water requirements, even if it means that some levels of government might have to go. And that is the crux of the issue – the introduction of such measures may be the start of their own demise.
Let’s not forget the farming issues around water in Australia, the terrible problems of drought and famine in developing countries but these are other stories for another time.
Check out some of the links below. If you know a business or government agency who is helping with eco-firendly household level electricity generation or water retention and recycling, leave a comment and I’ll add the website link.