Opinion

Opinion: Giving our Earth the benefit of the doubt

GLOBAL cooling. Global warming. Climate change. Whatever it is we're calling it these days, here is the unfortunate truth: most of you have stopped reading by now.

What was hard to ignore though was when Clive Palmer and Al Gore waltzed into the spotlight on the Australian political stage, and performed a strange little song and dance which was followed by polite, but slightly confused, applause.

On one side you have a man who has made a hefty fortune from coal mining, who now proclaims himself as the saviour of the human race and planet Earth, and standing next to him was Clive Palmer.

Seriously, things are stranger than the run of mild spring weather we'd been experiencing up until this week.

Not that I'm unhappy about having warmer winters, I've never eaten mulberries in July before and our mango tree has started flowering earlier than usual.

Either something is seriously wrong with our climate, or my fruit trees have faulty calendars?

As someone who wasn't exactly a star pupil in school science, I cannot claim with any confidence if this is just a natural weather phase or climate "whatever it is we're calling it now".

And like most others, I can't be bothered to read the reams of research to find out.

Besides, who can you trust in these matters? Clive? Al? Tony? Experts? The old hippy at the beach?

Personally I'm leaning toward the side of the folk who are concerned about the world we may be leaving our great grandchildren, and paying less attention to those who think our great grandchildren should clean up any mess we make.

Perhaps if we all did a little it might make a difference, so the only hot air we'll have to worry about is the stuff billowing out of Canberra.

Topics:  al gore, climate change, clive palmer, gladstone, global warming, greg bray, opinion




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Having battled PND four times, Mel says the secret is sleep

'I just thought, don’t all mothers get no sleep?’

'My husband lasted 6 weeks as a stay at home dad'

APN Hey Mummy Feature for online - stock images. Katie Dykes being interviewed for the webisodes. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

FROM the outside, being a stay at home mum looks like a breeze.

THE EXPERT: Stop judging working mothers

SUPER MUMS: Being a working mums comes down to perfecting time management.

"WORKING for money is all right; so is working because you want to.”

Health and nutrition with kids - how do you balance it?

HOW important is health and nutrition in your household?

Smack or no smack - where do you stand?

THE debate is reignited - is smacking acceptable?

Technology and kids: Do you ever cut their wi-fi?

Check out our new video series featuring mums having a chat

Woman steals pregnancy test kit to avoid ‘gossip’

DIY pregnancy test kits.

Woman steals pregnancy kit to avoid small town gossip

Bechtel lets tradies decide donation dollar figure worth thousands

BECHTEL leaves donation figure up to hard-bargaining tradies.

Gladstone hotel reveals hot new 'fine dining' menu

The pinch-hitting head chef for Queens Hotel Marcus Giles showing he can handle the heat in the kitchen.

After more than three years Queens Hotel has a hot new menu

Latest deals and offers

Zac Beers on MEdicare

Labor held a rally on Dawson Hwy about more cuts to Medicare.

Clive Palmer to re-open refinery

Clive Palmer on ABC radio.

Clive Palmer talks about his achievements, election chances and re-opening the...

Zac on BSL's future

Labor candidate for Flynn Zac Beers

Burnett Heads housing development approved

COUNCIL APPROVED: A Burnett Heads housing development has been approved by Bundaberg Regional Council. Photo Contributed

Councillors approved the development seven votes to four

Three bedroom, 1100sqm block: Is this Qld's cheapest home?

BARGAIN BUY: Is this North Bundaberg property the cheapest home in Queensland?

Becoming a real estate mogul is all about risk and reward