The Climate Emergency Rallies across Australia on Saturday 13 June 2009 were inspiring. They delivered a targeted message to the community and our political leaders.
We need to reduce carbon emissions now through emergency action, and we can do this by creating thousands of green jobs to replace those lost in the polluting carbon-intensive industries.
More details on the rallies with photos and videos is available on Greenlivingpedia here.
Unfortunately, Minister for Climate Change Penny Wong has demonstrated why our political system and federal and state governments are currently part of the problem rather than part of the solution.
Rather than listen to what the protesters were saying, she reacted with denial.
Penny Wong stated that "what these people are asking for can't be done".
That is a lie Penny. We can transition to 100% renewable energy by 2020, and we need to for a safe climate future.
Penny Wong also stated that "the government is bringing in laws (the CPRS) to reduce carbon emissions".
That is another lie Penny. The Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme will not reduce Australia's carbon emissions until at least 2020, and probably not even by 2050.
This is because the government is handing out corporate welfare of $18b in the from of free emission permits to the worst polluting industries - which means they will continue on their polluting ways.
Penny Wong should resign as the Minister for Climate Change and take a job in the office of the Minister for Fossil Fuel Industries, Martin Ferguson.
We need to get action on climate change and energy policy out of the hands of incompetent politicians who are intent on "business as usual", "politics as usual".
We need to establish a taskforce informed by climate and energy scientists, not those under the thrall of the fossil fuel industries.