Philosophy of Grandparents for Generational Equity
Current predictions by the world’s leading climate scientists are that if we keep on with our present trajectory of carbon emissions our families are likely to be facing very different conditions in their lives from those we have enjoyed. And the impacts they will have to face will be beyond their ability to control, because the damage will have all been done earlier, during our watch.
In 2009 at the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference, 2000 scientists – liberal, conservative and apolitical – issued a direct and unprecedented plea to the world’s politicians, to reduce the influence of the vested interests of the fossil fuel industry.
In the same year, at the Greenhouse 09 conference, Australia’s top climate scientists ”spoke with genuine despair about the growing gap between the decisions being taken by political leaders and the research showing that parts of Australia would be hit ferociously hard by climate change.” (SMH 27.3.09)
Australia is the driest continent on earth. It has been described as a continent at the edge of habitability. Global warming at the levels we are being warned of by climate scientists will have devastating effects on our land, water and population.
Now, in 2014, after 5 years of rising emissions, the U.N Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s final report before next year’s summit in Paris is sending the message to the world’s governments that the window of opportunity is closing fast. Its warnings are even clearer and more urgent.
Time is running out for effective action to address climate change.
In Australia, neither of our major political parties have policies that will sufficiently and urgently address the problem of climate change, at either a state or federal level. For many years their policies have been dictated by the vested interests of the coal and energy industries, industries that make a massive contribution to carbon emissions both here and overseas.
Politicians will only change those policies if they believe that the majority of the voting public demand better, scientifically based solutions to global warming, and will support them politically if they make them.
It is quite clear now that the responsibility for political change on global warming rests with us, the people of Australia.
Grandparents for Generational Energy understand that people have busy lives, and need an easy way to put this pressure onto our political leaders. So we’ve created a tool to make it both quick and easy for you to do your bit.
In signing on with us, you have the potential to be very effective, for the following reasons:
- There are a lot of voting citizens in our age group.
- We live in every electorate in Australia.
The action we ask of you, just to print, sign and post a letter every few weeks is very easy and quick to do, but because of the numbers involved it will have a real impact.
The physical presence of a letter in a politician’s office is like a voter standing there – it’s much stronger than sending an email, and harder to ignore.
And when thousands of letters start arriving, and keep on arriving, they will make a major impression, because it’s never happened before.
Will you do it?
If you’re not really sure how to sign up, ask one of your grandchildren to help!
And hey, we’re not ageist, we don’t mind if other age groups join us!
Be assured that your email address will not be shared with any other individual or organisation.
If not now, when?
If not here, where?
If not us, who?