Wednesday, November 14, 2007

The difference between the Australian and the UK Government

There could not be a starker difference than between the attitudes of the British and Australian governments towards climate change. According to a report in Scopical, Prime Minister John Howard said on 9 November 2007 that climate change "was not the end of the world", and that the economy was a more important issue. Howard then continued: "I don't think the world is about to come to an end because of climate change. I think we have to have a balanced approach.' Mr Howard was responding to a caller who had questioned the Prime Minister's motivations and election priorities. This is quite a remarkable attitude at a time when scientists around the world sound the alarm bells loud and clear that climate change is changing the world to an extent unseen in human history.

Contrast this attitude with the UK government's stand on climate change: "Climate change is one of the most urgent issues of our time. The first step towards tackling the problem is to make sure everyone understands exactly what the challenge is and what we all need to do to make a difference. [...] We need to educate, excite and inspire others so that we can start working together to tackle climate change." The following movie clip is from the UK's climate challenge website.

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