All over Australia, local communities want access to land previously dedicated to golf. The details vary from locality to locality. Collectively though, the demands represent a fascinating development. The climate crisis, and the broader ecological collapse of which it is part, requires massive changes in our relationship with nature – and it requires them now. The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change set us a deadline of 12 years in which to prevent a climate catastrophe. That was in 2018. The time that remains is short, ridiculously so. Scientists measure geological ages in millennia – and yet we find ourselves with only years to reshape an epoch. The politicians who will be in power when that deadline arrives are today almost certainly active in public life. A few more elections and that’s it. In 2019, Extinction Rebellion brought urgency and moral fervour to the climate debate, with those sentiments intensified by the devastating fires of December and January. But then the Covid pandemic – itself a manifestation of the same environmental crisis – smothered everything. Perhaps the movement will revive as restrictions ease. Either way, we’ve lost time we simply don’t have. That’s why, as the miserable year of 2020… Read full this story
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