Despite the pandemic, 2020 was the joint warmest year on record. Meanwhile the last decade 2011-2020 was the warmest decade ever recorded.
The Norwegian company, Equinor, has announced it was abandoning plans to drill for oil in the highly ecologically sensitive, Great Australian Bight, which has been a battleground between conservationists and the industry for years.
“Australia is burning and yet ANZ continues to invest billions of dollars in climate wrecking projects. It is illegal for someone to light a bushfire, and we believe it is illegal for companies to finance the burning of our common home. This case is one of many to come against climate criminals”.
On the frontlines, the certainty of before has given way to the uncertainty of the future. But the fossil fuel machine continues to churn and burn.
Every day brings news of greater evidence of our climate emergency. And now, Jakarta residents have filed a lawsuit against the governor of Indonesia’s capital as they seek to hold authorities responsible over their inaction during some of the deadliest flooding in years.
Sixty years ago, Rachel Carson sparked our modern environmental movement. But sixty years of denial has pushed us to the brink of climate catastrophe.
The old saying goes, when in a hole, stop digging. So when your country is on fire, put out the fire and take action to stop further fires in the future.
For years, Big Oil and Big Coal have carried on drilling and mining as if they were immune from the consequences of their actions. They knew the risks, but ignored them. Now they must pay.
This is climate madness. This is nonsensical. As Australia burns, it carries on drilling, fracking and mining.