When tensions rise and the divisions in our political discourse widen there is always a call, a call to come together. Today we are going to explore what that looks like for us in Australia and what can be achieved if we do manage to do so.
No vision of our future can be put forth that does not accept the reality of our past and that is one of great wealth & privilege attained on the back of oppression. Oppression of the first nations people and devastation of some of our planet's oldest living culture. It is clear the economic abundance that this produced for the nation of Australia. Although we cannot forget there are meaningful actions by multiple governments as a reflection of the will of the people to reconcile this fact and more will be done as we move to a truly more desirable future.
We need to remember that it is our diversity of culture that allows this country to flourish. Our industries are abounds with natures gift of prominent immigrant workers & leaders that have given so much to this country. One example of many is our food, we have some of the highest standards of food in the world because our practices are an amalgamation of generations of knowledge from all parts of the globe coming and finding its place in our wider Australian narrative. I am hopeful that that egg to the head of certain senator and the response that elicited from our nation is a sign that we are moving past this idea of an isolated Australia of some island that is detached from the world. People who support that idea are striving for an image of a world that was never real. The gold mines of Victoria in the 1850's were a cornerstone in building the wealth of this nation. They were mined by people of all nations from across the world it was never a white Australia it always was and always will be indigenous land and all are welcome.
So look, in light of the fact our farmers are being crippled by drought, allegations our water tables have been poisoned are being tried in our courts, vast sections of our bushlands and forests are on fire along with our fire chiefs calling for action to reduce emissions. It is clear that our current government if not incapable is clearly unwilling, so I propose we just why do it ourselves.
It appears to be a consensus in our community that traditional land management practices specifically regarding cultural burnings are crucial in supporting a healthy Australian ecosystem. It is devastating when our Indigenous kids are left with few opportunities and no hope it results in an unacceptable number of deaths in the form of suicide (anything above 0 is unacceptable). Why do we not expand a national program built and managed by our indigenous communities to maintain our land & while we are at it let's have the conversation around Treaty and put a meaningful solution in place that allows us all to move forward in solidarity. What's stopping us?
It is clear we have issues in our agriculture, it is well documented by the Bureau of Meteorology the lack of rain we are getting in vast parts of this country. It is also discussed that topsoil is being degenerated from current industrial agricultural processes. Australia is a nation that has been built on the back of an amazing agricultural industry represented in our family owned and operated farms. There are families that grow orchards here that were orchardists in other parts of the world in the days of the roman empire and they continue to adapt their processes today. If it's beef, wheat, rice, oranges, sheep anything really it is honest to say that we can’t be beaten on the quality. So let's bring this experience together let's develop a plan that is robust and takes into consideration the real challenges faced by the farmer on the ground and every point along the way to the person sitting at the dinner table. What if we united innovation experience & motivation and build the best possible version of an agriculture industry, and then teach the rest of the world how to do it.
So, look the easy answer to the question of climate change will always be shut down the coal mines today, but it cannot be forgotten you need coal to make steel so careful consideration needs to be taken for how we make sure this is done properly so people are not left without jobs and opportunity or hope. So let's start the conversation, but let's not have the conversation of is this threat real, lets really have the conversation of what we are going to do, because we are the best equipped nation to deal with this, yes we may be a 2% global margin on emissions, but we are a powerhouse of education and industry and this is an opportunity for us to set a global example of how this can be done.
I say something I hope you can all agree with, I hate refugees, not who they are (each and every one of them deserves our support, empathy & compassion). I hate the fact we live in a world that has deprived these people of the bare basic rights of life and that we continue to live our lives in a way that will result in far greater refugee migration then the world has ever seen. Within my lifetime (I am 25) I anticipate seeing this occur, if we do not change from our current course. We must refuse to become a country that does not accept refugees on a lifeboat and yet is determined to ensure that that, is the only option left for our neighbours across the pacific and across the world. This will occur as a direct result of sea level rise caused by our unwillingness to change.
We have the choice right now of what the change looks like, because the situation is getting worse and we will eventually have to do something the dangers are real and the question is clear the longer we wait the less chance we have of getting the right answer to it.