The dire need for action
The notion that we can 'adapt' to climate change is just another example of the lack of political courage that blights this age.
Climate change by its nature does not involve a quantum change from one state to another; it's defined by a series of changes that are linear and escalating.
To talk of adapting to a ceaseless and hastening progression towards a state in which the poorest of people will suffer inordinately and the wealthiest will live in bunkers with only legends of a once vibrant natural world is of course completely immoral.
The impact of the bushfire emergency will be deep and profound on our consumer culture, financial markets and politics.
Patrick Hockey, Clunes.
Enough with the political games
Catherine King is being disingenuous with her implication that Kevin Rudd's Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme would have been our saviour (The Courier, January 11.)
Ross Garnaut was unhappy with it.
He was very concerned about the risk to public finances, the Australian dollar five year price cap and the free permits to pollute.
The Julia Gillard price on carbon worked on reducing emissions and didn't risk taxpayer funds like the CPRS would have, but Catherine King and other Labor climate policy apologists won't mention it because they think championing it is politically damaging.
They would rather rave on about a hypothetical that didn't happen and if not repealed would have been tailored by the Liberal party even more to benefit high emitters and achieve no emission reduction at all.
Sandra Hawkins, Canadian.
The solution is simple, we just need to commit
Climate change is very real and it's critical the government make a deeply profound change in terms of immediate action to help protect us as a nation and the world.
Future generations need to be protected in relation to a more sustainable and safer environment. Lower rainfall means less green pastures and bush land causing a drier, arid landscape; a perfect natural accelerator for fires on a larger scale.
Climate change can be slowed down if we imminently take a more common sense approach and implement more wind farms, hydro and solar energy.
We need the total eradication of coal fire polluting power stations and have at least a 60% carbon reduction with businesses.
Our air quality can be improved if measures are taken and there could be a better system of oil refinement meaning less pollution offset from cars and trucks.
Matthew Ludovici, Creswick.
Lefty media doesn't tell the proper story
The left in the media attempted to make climate change the the number one policy issue in the last Federal election, however voters decided otherwise.
Not satisfied, it sought the help of school children with little more success, and more recently the Extinction Rebellion.
It then sought to publicise anyone whose views agreed with it on climate change as the cause of the continuing fires and at the same time demonising anyone whose views disagreed with theirs on climate change.
Their time would have been better spent helping the distressed people who had been burnt out rather than trying to gain political mileage from the fires.
Bryan Hanrahan, Dunnstown.