The global Climate Strike in Adelaide today was the biggest environmental rally I’ve ever been in, with crowd estimates at 10,000 people. That’s double the turn out at the March climate strike earlier this year, correlating with a doubling of turn out across Australia. Estimates put the crowds in attendance at over 100 events across Australia at 300,000 people, all striking for climate action.
But what exactly do we mean by climate action? We mean:
- No new coal, oil, or gas projects in Australia
- A rapid switch to solar and wind power – 100% by 2030
- A rapid switch to electric transport – 100% by 2030 (alongside active transport maximisation)
- No more deforestation.
What about jobs? There are jobs in all of the above. There will always be changes in the types of jobs we have, there are no video stores any more and no horses and carts, but there will always be jobs. Although, while we’re on the subject, a universal basic income is a good idea if, on the off chance we survive climate change and a technological renaissance creates mass unemployment. But that’s another subject, and our survival of climate change is by no means assured. That’s why 300,000 Australians rallied around the nation today against drought, flood, rising oceans, massive storm events, disease, and more.
We’ve tried pointing out the problems, we’ve tried demonstrating the alternatives. We’ve highlighted the declines in the natural world and their impacts on us. We’ve tried pointing at this and that ‘natural’ disaster and their increasing their un-naturalness, and we’ve failed to get through to many everyday people. In part, this is because we’ve failed to get through to our so-called leaders. We’ve failed to cut through the money they would have us all eat.
So I, like many others, are now looking at the science and despairing for the future of humanity, for the future of life on Earth at all. We don’t know what else to do. So we rally in the streets and try to get people to understand that the choice here and now is literally between life and death.
It’s not about jobs or whether towns live or die – they are beginning to die now because of our obsession with fossil fuels. Whole regions are running out of water in Australia – from Western Australia to the top end, to South Australia to New South Wales to Queensland. Not even Tasmania has been spared.
It will get worse. And it IS a question of life and death. We must act now.
© Palitja Moore, text and images, 20 September 2019.
Kudos to all the people who created so many amazing signs for Adelaide’s #ClimateStrike Your self-expression and creativity is an inspiration and bringer of hope. If your poster is in my images and you’d like credit for it, please contact me and I will make it so. xo