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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

 

Change is challenging. Look for the win-win solution

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll be aware of the climate change ‘debate’. You’ll have noticed it has become a divisive issue, with a dedicated tribe of die-hard deniers, a passionate collective of the completely convinced and a growing group who just wish we would find middle ground and move forward.

Disclosure; I move between the second and third groups

There is much smoke and noise, claims and counter claims, cover ups and conflicts of interest. It’s become highly emotional – to the extent that powerful points are being overlooked and friendships frayed.

I’d like to suggest a moment of calm and highlight an idea that’s being overlooked in the fire and fury.

To start, I’ll mention that one of the many strengths of Australia has been our ability to lead the world with progressive ideas. Historically we’ve been prepared to discuss issues in depth and ultimately come to the right decision. Yep, we can be slow at times, but we get there.

The fundamental issue is whether climate change is happening and if so, what is it’s cause. The ‘denialist’ position is that climate change isn’t ‘real’ or that, OK, maybe it is, but it’s NOT caused by humans. The argument then goes that because “we didn’t do it” we shouldn’t have to do anything about it.

Consider this: If you’ve taken any notice at all over the past 10 years, you’ll recognise that much of the environment IS different – and the weather IS changing. No matter who or what is causing it.

It IS impacting our farms, our rivers and it WILL impact everyone eventually. So, let’s forget the blame game and discuss opportunities – because there are plenty.

And here’s a thing – the positives in looking at new ways of doing things can far outweigh the negatives. Yes, there will be costs but there will be benefits as well.

In the 70s, there was a big ‘oil shock’ and fuel prices went up. Initially there was panic and predictions of doom. But the innovations that resulted from the recognition of the need for change created whole new technologies, new jobs, new industries. LOTS of great things came of it.

Change is challenging and it’s normal to resist it at first. We all have our comfort zones. But history shows that it makes us stronger and results in more opportunities and options.

On the other hand, we have our world to lose if it IS true - no matter who or what causes it- and we don’t adapt. We need to manage that risk. We have so many great new things to learn and we’ll be doing something positive instead of dithering, fighting and whinging.

Let’s find the win-win.