Planning for the future
Mike Seccombe’s article (“Cannon-Brookes and the new climate guard”, June 15-21) has mightily helped to dispel post-election gloom. What an inspiration it was to read about someone who has the vision and the means to achieve real change in energy generation, storage and export, and all sorts of energy-saving measures for food production as well. With people like Mike and Annie Cannon-Brookes there really is hope for a good future for humanity. Bravo!
– Hugh Tyndale-Biscoe, Hackett, ACT
At last, and so timely. An article on a promising response to climate change that for the first time in Australia gives cause for a cautious but realistic optimism. So fitting that it was published in The Saturday Paper. To the best of my knowledge, no other newspaper has been so much to the forefront of the campaign for effective action against this rapidly growing crisis. The regrettable outcome of the federal election had left a depressing despondency over many Australians and, probably, many thinking people worldwide. The appalling reality of several more years of the Coalition government’s dishonesty and intransigence on this issue has been utterly numbing. If the projects outlined in this article proceed as planned, we can have hope for our children’s future, and the Coalition can just continue being irrelevant.
– David Payne, Bermagui, NSW
Population pressures not addressed
More built environment to service ever more humans. While renewable energy is the only way for anysort of a future, one has to question the impact of a 15,000-hectare solar farm on wildlife and natural environment. Sadly, the basic cause of all our problems, human population growth, is not addressed in all the high-tech gadgetry proposed by these billionaires. Spending some of their money on educating women and girls, providing free family planning and encouraging one- or two-child families would go a long way to helping the long-term sustainability of all life on Earth.
– Karen Joynes, Bermagui, NSW
Let there be renewables
At last, a 21st-century vision of achievable sustainability on the horizon. For those of us who’ve worried about the impact of climate change and emissions reduction for the past 50 years, it’s now possible to remove the shackles of blinkered governments, and “speak truth to (sustainable) power”. Mike Seccombe’s account of Al Gore and Mike Cannon-Brookes’s presentation comes as a welcome relief. The facts of South Australia’s experience will truly shed light in dark places. The message cannot be more clear: no longer need we accept defensive half-truths and smokescreens in relation to what is realistic. All we have to overcome now is the dead weight of vested interests and government inaction. Shouldn’t be too difficult, really.
– Jenifer Nicholls, Armadale, Vic
Campaigner for our rights
Richard Ackland and Michael Kirby in conversation – delicious! (“Kirby’s grip on justice”, June 15-21) At the age of 80, the venerable Kirby continues to actively engage with thorny public issues with intellectual vigour and considerable physicality. At the time, he made a courageous personal decision to reveal his homosexuality and, with partner Johan, has shown that love and long-term commitment are not confined to heterosexual relationships and thus deserve the full acknowledgement of law and respect. The campaigns for a bill of rights and an Indigenous voice to parliament need this learned man’s acumen and tenacity.
– Pam Connor, Mollymook Beach, NSW
Thank you, Richard Cooke (“One long-running gag”, June 15-21), for reminding me of that book. Your article should be obligatory reading for everyone. Gadfly also took me to 1980 and Richard Walsh (“Security counsel”, June 15-21), whereafter I discovered a piece on the net about the Oz trials. It was written in 2006 when all the protagonists were still with us. Being only some years younger than them at the time, I was particularly interested in the content and reporting. This piece brought back some interesting memories. Special thanks to Felix Dennis for that.
– Michael Kozlowski, Newcastle, NSW
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