Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Creating a Sustainable Future; Future for the Kids

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Creating a Sustainable Future; Future for the Kids

Article excerpt

IS THE future looking bright for your children? Will they be able to live out their lives with plenty of food and water, good health and all those creature comforts we associate with modern life?

And what of their children? Will they look back in indulgent fashion grateful for the choices of their forefathers or will they shake their heads with incredulity and anger wondering how we were able to muck it all up in such brilliant fashion.

The stark reality is that should we insist on continuing down this path where we are too lazy to recycle, can't be bothered about buying local, are happy to fill our homes with energy-gobbling electronic devices and turn a blind eye to waste, then it will be impossible for history to judge us kindly.

Natural resources like water, minerals, oil and food are finite entities - they can and will be depleted if care is not taken to aid their longevity. By 2050 the world will have to support and feed more than 9 billion people but how do you accomplish that in an environmentally friendly way when as it stands agricultural practices already make up 24% of global greenhouse gas emissions.

We need to look at the way in which we build our homes and cities, the way in which we manufacture motor vehicles and electronic goods, our farming methods and the way in which we plunder natural resources. We need to pay more attention to conserving water, cutting down on energy use while securing alternative sources and empowering third-world nations so that they can meet their own needs.

Global warming and climate change have been the buzzwords for the past decade with environmentalists, conservationists and scientists pushing the need for change to ensure long-term survival. Research shows us that the world is warming at a rate unprecedented in human history and that changing global temperatures, humidity and rainfall patterns cannot be explained without the rise in greenhouse gases especially carbon dioxide caused by human activity. …

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