A commentary on an age of contradictions:
Australian section

Previously 'The Ramblings of a Bush Philosopher', ramblingsdc.net

Environment...

Is AGL environmentally responsible?
Australian Energy Forum; a dishonest group
Beirut, government and climate change
Blair Donaldson, a friend of future generations
Why not have a Carbon tax?
Build a cellar to cut cooling costs
Cleanup our roadsides and our atmosphere
Climate change damage in the Clare Valley
Clear felling of forests is unsustainable
Climate change skepticism or simple ignorance?
Climate Walk; a walk of a million steps for climate
Coal gasification in SA; a blot on the state's record
"Coal is good for humanity" says Tony Abbott
What is the real cost of water?
Evaporation reduction methods
End of coal; Beware ye investors, the end is nigh!
Failings and crimes of Australian Governments
Fire hazard can be reduced by trees
Flinders University Noise Study; some observations
Gleeson Wetlands, Clare; a contribution
Greenhouse and Australia
A Green or a black future? Coal or sustainability?
Is Australia's biggest export death?
Long range weather forecast
Murray-Darling Basin is in serious danger
Northern SA renewable energy projects
Oil drilling in the GAB
Open letter to politicians on climate change
Poor environmental reporting in The Australian
Progressive and regressive local government
Protect the planet or have cheap energy?
Radioactive waste repository for Australia?
Rainfall correlations; some observations
Red herring environmentalism
Remnant vegetation destroyed by council
Responsible cafes in the Mid-North
Right side of history
Rite-On; climate science denial etc.
Solar car park shade
Self-sufficieny
South Australia's container deposit
South Australia's water supply
Spencer Gulf desalination plant
Sustainable community
Toward 100% renewable energy
What can you do to reduce greenhouse emissions?
Ethics: relating particularly to Australia

Australian Aborigines and justice, some thoughts
PM Abbott and morality
Apology from Australia
Ashamed to be Australian?
Carmichael Mine: implications
Ethical Government
Greenhouse and Australia
Liberal Party's war on renewables
Mateship
Right side of history
The salt they add to our foods
Science denial
A treaty in the Constitution; some thoughts
What can you do to reduce greenhouse emissions?
What matters? in climate change and government

Ethics: not relating to Australia
Information

Bread; how much salt does it contain?
Evaporation reduction methods
How credible is Andrew Bolt?
The salt they add to our foods
Travelling with your dog
What I have learned about some products
Wind power in Australia
Photo galleries...

Beetaloo Dam, 2014
Clare Valley, 2007
  Clare Valley, a collection compiled 2021
Coober Pedy: photos and observations, 2016
Flinders Ranges, 2006
  Flinders Ranges, 2019
  Flinders Ranges, a collection
Kangaroo Island, 2003
  Kangaroo Island, 2009
  Kangaroo Island, 2021
Central NSW, March-April 2017
Regent parrot survey, Murray River Sep 2021
'Across the Nullarbor', 2009
South eastern Australia, November 2016
South eastern SA and Victoria, 2018
Victoria, autumn 2019
  Victoria, autumn 2021
Western Australia, images

Macrophotos

   Wind farms...
Canunda/Lake Bonney, 2006
Hallett, 2008
Mount Millar, 2006
Snowtown, 2008
Starfish Hill, 2007
Victoria, 2008
Wattle Point, 2007

   Older photo galleries... (Small images)
Clare area, 2002
Kangaroo Island, 2003
Tasmania, 2002
Wildflowers, 2002
Politics...
From an ethical point of view...

The Abbott Government
  PM Abbott's chief advisor, Maurice Newman
  PM Abbott and morality
Ashamed to be Australian?
Australian Governments: failings and crimes
Australia leads the world
Carmichael Mine: implications
Celia Hammond, MP for the seat of Curtin
Climate change skepticism or ignorance?
Crime against humanity
Democracy's fraud
Is Australia's biggest export death?
Failings and crimes of Australian Governments
How green are our politicians?
Free speech in the Public Service
Independent politicians
Labor; federal Labor and its failings
Open letter to politicians on climate change
Liberal Party's war on renewables
The new Liberals
Madness
The Morrison Government
  Angus Taylor, energy minister
  Mathias Cormann; not OECD material
PM Morrison, enemy of God?
Most undemocratic act ever
National party; abysmal ethical standards
Patriotism
Ramsey, Rowan, Member for Grey
Resolving international disagreements
The failings of the Rudd Government
Science denial
South Australia's container deposit
Taylor, Angus, member of parliament for Hume
The Turnbull Government
PM Turnbull comes out
Use your vote wisely and effectively, Vote smart
What matters? in climate change and government
What should government do to reduce emissions?
Why a US alliance?
Society...

Ashamed to be Australian? Then act!
Australian Aborigines and justice, some thoughts
Bitch, minor annoyances
Is Australia the most dog-unfriendly country?
Failings in the Australian legal system
Mateship; as much a vice as a virtue
Self-sufficiency and the local economy
Sustainable community; lowering our impact
Who are the art experts? we all are!
Water...

Beetaloo Dam, one of the earliest concrete dams
What is the real cost of water
Divining and dowsing; superstitious humbug
Evaporation reduction methods
Murray-Darling Basin, a pessimistic view
Rainfall correlations, an exercise
South Australia's water supply
Spencer Gulf desalination plant, some thoughts
Miscellaneous...

Art experts, who are they?
Bread; how much salt does it contain?
Bitch, minor annoyances
Build a cellar to cut cooling costs
Is Australia the most dog-unfriendly country?
Jetstar
Jottings
Land for sale
Lions Gleeson Wetlands, Clare
My father K.S. Clarke's notes
Notre Dame Uni; how good an education?
Short pieces on many matters
Southern Phone's standards have slipped
Poor service from Telstra
About me
   
 
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Australia in the early twenty-first century is certainly a place of contradictions.

It has fascinating and largely unique wildlife that is loved by many but sufficiently cared for by very few.

In late 2019-early 2020 Australia was ravaged by fires that have been ranked as the worst ever anywhere, they killed over a billion animals and about 186,000 square kilometres was burned. The severity of the fires was undoubtedly linked to climate change. Yet also in 2020 the Australian government was ranked second last of 177 nations for climate action.

Australia's Great Barrier Reef (GBR) is the biggest in the world, Australians are proud of it and it is our biggest tourist attraction but our huge and powerful coal mining businesses and gas miners are destroying it by adding to climate change, ocean acidification, ocean warming and sea level rise. The actions of Australia's federal government and several state governments are heavily involved in the destruction of the GBR through their support for coal mining and export, gas mining and export, and land clearing; many Australians are complicit through their selfishness and the great majority are simply apathetic, while a determined few are trying to save it.

Australia has huge renewable energy potential, probably more per-capita than any other OECD nation. Australia's energy future is plainly in renewables, but in 2021 the federal government is doing its best to increase fossil fuel mining and to slow renewable energy development. Tasmania was running on 100% renewable electricity and South Australia has moved from near zero renewable energy in 2004 to more than 60% in 2020/21.

In another contradiction all the state governments have ambitious renewable energy targets while the federal government can't see beyond fossil fuels.

The air pollution from the burning of fossil fuels, particularly coal, kills millions of people world-wide each year. Australia is the world's biggest coal exporter; it could be said that Australia's biggest export is greenhouse pollution and death.

In yet another contradiction in 2020 the federal Labor opposition and the NSW and Queensland state governments were at the same time pro-coal-mining and pro-renewable-energy!

Australia, being an island, is heavily reliant on the surrounding oceans. It has some of the best beaches in the world. Both oceans and beaches are threatened by plastic waste, yet Australians, per-capita, consume as much plastics as anyone and have made little effort to reduce that consumption.

A small group walked from Melbourne to Canberra to try to get action on climate in 2014
Down the hill
An example of a very few people who made an effort to encourage more responsibility from the Australian government and the apathetic masses.

Australia's scientists and scientific organisations are as good as any in the world, but a great many of our politicians and the general public are ignorant of science and what it is telling us.

Australia has a huge potential for the development of clean, renewable energy, at least as much potential as any nation on the planet, yet its major federal political parties are addicted to fossil fuels, especially obviously in the period of the Abbott, Turnbull and Morrison governments (from 2013 to 2020 when I wrote this). While these Liberal/National coalition federal governments oppose renewable energy development and support the fossil fuel industry at every turn, in another contradiction the state governments, of both major parties, tend to be more progressive.

Australia has many people who are devoted to making our society more responsible and our way of life more sustainable. At the same time many of those in power, either in the federal parliament or the very wealthy or some in the media (particularly in the Murdoch-owned media) are trying to stop any move toward more environmental support. And again, the great majority are simply apathetic.

In Australia a very few people have enormous wealth while a great many struggle to put food on the table. The disparity of wealth in Australia is as great as anywhere in the world.

Many Australians work to care for the less fortunate and to improve our shared world, while many of those with the power to make change just look after themselves.

This page was created 2001/09/12, last edited 2022/01/22
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