Hysterical? I’ve got a right to be.

The opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-12-10/north-qld-coal-port-expansion-approved-with-strict-conditions/5147916

From the above article which you can read in full here: “Queensland Resources Council chief executive Michael Roche praised Mr Hunt for using the weight of scientific evidence to put Queenslanders ahead of “increasingly hysterical environmental activists”.”

Interesting. The usual dismissal of anyone who opposes big business as somehow weak and foolish. If there is anything I have learnt from being a parent, it is that children get hysterical when they are ignored.

So, yes I am hysterical. Also, I am apoplectic with rage and I am miserable with despair. I am furious that not one sitting member of the ruling party in Queensland is actually listening and acting on our genuine concerns about the planet’s life support system. The weight of the scientific evidence is that the coal in the Galilee Basin should be left in the ground, for the ultimate benefit of all Queenslanders.

Now I am not some bleeding heart hippie type person. I am perfectly capable of killing my own dinner and have done so. I grew up in the country, where there is no leeway for squeamishness when there is a job to be done.

I am the proud possessor of not one, but 2 university degrees and a diploma. I have a degree in Science and one in Law, plus the diploma to allow me to be a solicitor. Some might call that over-educated, but in the field of climate science that barely qualifies me to have an opinion.

And my considered, non-hysterical opinion on the latest decision by the Queensland Government is that it is insane. How can we be approving yet another massive coal port in such a sensitive area, let alone approving the dredging that will be required? The evidence from the Port of Gladstone is that dredging severely damages ecosystems. And the particular ecosystem we are talking about is smack bang in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef. This ecosystem is of such beauty and importance that it has been protected by the world.

That’s right, the whole world thinks we should protect it. And what is our government doing? It appears to be doing its best to destroy it in a stupid temper tantrum. I have no political leanings – this government and the previous one appear to be indistinguishable from each other and even the Greens are now doing dirty deals.

The thing is, once it’s gone, it’s gone. You can’t bring back an extinct species, whatever Jurassic Park would like you to believe.

So yes I am getting hysterical, in the hope that if I shout loud enough, maybe someone making these decisions will hear me and look at the science.

Anna