Australia is, in every sense, rich; in physical and renewable resources, in technology, in scientific knowledge and in human talent yet I find it difficult to sustain a sense of optimism in the face of economic and social inertia.]]>
In my view the world will have to rely on natural systems to cope with the carbon dioxide imbalance. Perhaps we should stop having carbon conferences and focus on natural system benefits and how to both protect and better manage ecosystem function for the myriad of benefits to biodiversity and to our bulging human population? In doing so, the world needs to make some hard choices as supporting 9 billion people by 2050 and more potentially, will inevitably result in further degradation of our natural world. Even, god forbid in the fossil fuel bubble economy that is Australia!!]]>
We should be asking for– no more fossil fuel stations and a major renewable energy investment program such as the beyond zero emissions project.
The most efficient way to do this is to make the economy drive the change with a strong carbon price.]]>