Andrew L. Urban
What a tragic shame that so much energy, time, resources and opportunities to really improve the lives of millions is wasted on trying to fix a non existent problem, represented by those fattened at COP26 in Glasgow, feted in the media. Under the blanket of ‘climate change’, the plight of abused women and children in remote Aboriginal communities, for example, is left unattended. ‘Tut tut’….but too much to do nixing fossil fuels.
In April this year, Alice Springs Deputy Mayor Jacinta Price (again) spoke out against “myths that are constantly peddled” in relation to high rates of violence in Indigenous communities. “Domestic violence in many Aboriginal communities far outstrips any other crime that is committed,” Price told Joe Hildebrand on 4BC. “And yet, there’s utter silence on it. For me, it’s complete and utter hypocrisy.”
Joe asked why she believes “so-called ‘progressives’ … are so reluctant to acknowledge it”. Price explained that blaming violence within Indigenous communities on colonisation and racism makes it “someone else’s responsibility to deal with”, “removing Aboriginal people’s agency”.
Where are the children marching for that cause? Where are the emotive posters calling attention to that terrible subject? Where is the groundswell of public opinion mobilised to renew those communities with family peace? Where is the media? Where are the ‘progressives’ urging policies to provide schooling and jobs for those communities, and urging those communities to take more responsibility, or agency, Price put it? To eradicate child sexual abuse?
Why are those climate warriors who so loudly bemoan the future of today’s children, not marching and lecturing the world (yes you, Greta), about the millions of women and children whose daily lives – today – are tormented and shortened in the absence of affordable electric energy from coal? According to report by the World Health Organisation in September this year:
- Around 2.6 billion people cook using polluting open fires or simple stoves fuelled by kerosene, biomass (wood, animal dung and crop waste) and coal.
- Each year, close to 4 million people die prematurely from illness attributable to household air pollution from inefficient cooking practices using polluting stoves paired with solid fuels and kerosene.
- Household air pollution causes noncommunicable diseases including stroke, ischaemic heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and lung cancer.
- Close to half of deaths due to pneumonia among children under 5 years of age are caused by particulate matter (soot) inhaled from household air pollution.
That’s where we find real pollution, not in the fossil fuelled first world which enjoys the cleanliness of our air.
Left to live medieval lives of a brutal, unimproved past, all these women and children of the third world, really do need a champion or two to campaign for a better life. Where are you Greta, Prince Charles and your brother Princes of Woke, David Attenborough and all you harrumphing celebrities? And where are you political leaders? All conned or compliant to the propaganda, who agree to do damage but neglect to do good. Net Zero 2050, but no plans to help all those endangered kids today.
Contemptible climate activists revel in the political spotlight, warmed by their perceived virtue, blinded by their ignorance or propelled by their feverish desire to change the world. The history of global warming/climate change alarmism is built on dishonesty, from manipulated scientific data (from Michael Mann’s hockey stick to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology’s ‘homogenised’ temperature data) to straight out lies and deception. It has all succeeded so brilliantly; even otherwise well informed commentators have accepted the erroneous (and ignorantly expressed) notion that ‘carbon emissions’ are causing warming. Yet it is a few clicks on the keyboard to find that this is what Aussies might call a furphy.
Real and present depredations and dangers to women and children have no priority?