Harry's view on applications opening for jobs at Rockhampton's new Museum of Art.
Harry's view on applications opening for jobs at Rockhampton's new Museum of Art.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Climate action, jobs go hand in hand

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

 

Climate action and jobs go hand in hand

For nearly two decades, we have been told by our government and vested interests (read; fossil fuel industry) that we can have jobs, or we can have a healthy environment, but we can't have both.

This has never been true and it is certainly not true now, but it has created enough fear among vulnerable communities and government officials to serve its desired effect of delaying action to cut carbon pollution to another day.

It has also increased the damage that global warming is causing for communities on the frontline of climate disasters that Australia is already experiencing.

But 2021 may be the year that Australia's international isolation on climate policy becomes untenable.

With Trump gone, US President Joe Biden is committing the world's largest economy to achieving net zero emissions for electricity production by 2035 and the entire US economy by 2050.

Combined with similar commitments by Australia's major trading partners in China, Japan, South Korea and the EU, we're about to witness the greatest stampede of global capital into clean energy projects that the world has ever seen.

And Australia is about to miss out.

What has not been understood in Australia is that the Biden climate plan has at its core the creation of hundreds of thousands of well-paid and secure jobs that are necessary to solve the climate crisis.

In so doing Biden makes a commitment to fossil fuel sector workers that has been missing from the Morrison government.

This explicit recognition of the insecurity workers can feel when they hear about energy transitions is important and essential to bringing communities along the decarbonisation journey.

The claims that climate action will cost jobs is nothing more than a half-baked conspiracy theory created by the fossil fuel industry and bought by our current government.

Our trading partners are embracing the clean energy economy and creating well-paid and secure jobs in the process.

Let's join them.

- Tony Fontes, Airlie Beach

 

HARRY'S VIEW ON MUSEUM OF ART JOBS

 

 

 

 

FACEBOOK COMMENTS

Residents of CQ - the people whose cars are being stolen, the tradies whose tools are being stolen, the parents who fear for their family's safety on the road - have been crying 'enough already' for the longest time.

 

Adam Brumby Reynolds: Cause the youth justice system is a joke. Slap on the wrist and then they are back at doing crimes again.

Greg Moore: If only a political party had run with a strong youth crime policy.... oh wait they did.

Tanya Futrill: I believe a lot of times it is the parents' fault for not controlling their children. They need a routine, a job to do and a sense of pride. Any teen is going to act out if they feel lost and have no direction. On the other hand, sometimes it is a teen who is completely overbearing and find themselves being sported on by other unruly kids. The parent/s may need assistance but 1. Don't know where to turn for help, 2. Are ashamed of asking for help, 3. Are fearful of asking for help for fear that their unruly child might take it out on them, and there are some kids who really do. Domestic abuse can go both ways. Empower them to make change. Standing there saying "You're a bad parent, fix it" is not going to help anyone. There needs to be tougher consequences for crime, programs to set unruly kids back on track that parents can afford to send them to. Assistance programs for parents who ask for the help they need. Consequences for parents who really will not take care of their children. But where to start? Teens go through all sorts of stress trying to make their way in life, and they need help and guidance to do so.

Karthik Gounder: It is all depend on the parents how they grow up their children.

Peter Watkins: If they start holding their grubby parents accountable for what their kids are doing and make them (the parents and there kids) pay for all the damages they are doing such as stolen cars, private property and destroying property that does not belong to them things will change really quick.

Maxine Maike: Drop the liberal hippy crap and discipline your own child.

Helen Maree Piddick: They grow up to be bigger, badder grubs. Need to be stopped now while young to let them know they can't do this.