News last week that the latest studies show Antartica is in danger of melting should shake us from any complacency that climate change is some distant event at the end of the century.
Ice melt and expanding heated water has so far raised the oceans by a small amount, a melt down in Antartica however could turn a few feet into many meters of sea rise, that would devastate every shore line on the planet. The risk is real and we can no longer ignore it.
On top of sea rise we will see worse forest fires, more droughts, diseases spread that we don’t normally have, severe weather events and storms of massive intensity.
So what are we doing?
The latest UN Climate Change meeting in Poland isn’t generating much hope.
Australia and America hosted a side meeting at the conference championing the use of coal, one of the worst climate change causing pollutants. Australia are effectively dooming their Pacific nation neighbours to being swamped by rising oceans and no one other than the Māori Climate Commissioner, Donna Awatere Huata, is calling them out on it...
“By appearing at America’s coal carnival, Australia has slapped the Pacific in the face. Climate change means there can be no future in coal and Australia’s Environmental Ambassador, Patrick Suckling, should resign. Pretending that coal is a solution is pure fantasy and sentences our Pacific neighbours to drowning.”
…at this time we need political leadership on climate change, not more empty promises.