I’m thrilled to have started my role as CEO of Australia’s leading advocate for nature. I want to share my vision with you.
Nature is a wonderful thing. It’s beautiful and valuable in its own right.
It’s also our life support system — providing food, water, air and resources to every person on the planet. It supports every business, every job, everyone.
Yet nature is under more pressure than ever before and our future wellbeing is at risk.
It doesn’t have to be that way.
Yesterday, the IPCC report confirmed what many of us have known for sometime. Catastrophic climate change can be avoided without sacrificing living standards. And, the transformation to a clean energy future is easily affordable.
We know we can live and thrive in harmony with nature. We know we can create businesses and jobs that actually rebuild our natural capital rather than deplete it. We know we can repair the damage done and pass on a safe climate and thriving environment to our children.
Now, we need to turn that knowledge into action.
In the past we could take smart, evidence-based ideas to governments and they would listen. But today, there appears to be a growing ideological opposition to restoring nature.
With the risk of climate change clearly known, it’s reckless to stunt the growth of clean energy to support the fossil fuel industry. It’s negligent to allow logging and development in our national parks. And it’s just plain wrong to pollute the Reef — a precious natural asset, World Heritage site and lynchpin of Australia’s tourism industry. But that’s exactly what our governments are doing.
Good ideas are no longer enough.
The lead singer of U2 Bono has a saying…”the power of the people is greater than the people in power”. I believe this. And I believe that we can build and focus that power for protecting nature and our future. This is my vision for ACF.
But we need to do this together. And we need to start now.
In the same week the IPCC released their report, the Minerals Council of Australia launched their “Australians for Coal” campaign. The big polluters are actually asking Australians to tell their MPs that coal is good for our future. In light of the recent IPCC report, this is just plain self-serving and endangers us all.
Let’s start turning our knowledge into action, by telling our MPs we’re not going to let the big polluters hijack our future.