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Ethics – Australia and the climate and nuclear threats

It would be funny, if it were not so serious. Australia, the continent already experiencing the effects of global heating, and with a government now contemplating starting the nuclear industry,  – seems to be sleeping on, in comfortable ignorance about what is happening.

We all know – it is dinned into us daily –  that it’s all about economics.( And sport).  All our actions are justifiable if they can be show to further economic growth.

Who dares mention ethics?

What if decisions and actions were determined by the principle of acting decently and truthfully?

Then politicians, academics, journalists and other opinion leaders would have to speak clearly in plain words, about bushfires, the Murray Darling rivers, floods, and pollution.  Then solutions would be chosen for environmental protection, and for the public good.  The public good would include our Pacific neighbours, and indeed, Australia’s role in the global community.

Of course, there would be costs –  changes in lifestyle, in employment, in our use of energy and other resources, in increased taxation. It would require fairness to disadvantaged groups, and to those most affected by extreme weather.

It’s about time that ETHICS came back into public thinking and action.

Australia is now led by a man who is ignorant of all but advertising and marketing slogans. Our politicians, obsessed with one aim, to keep their seats in Parliament, cannot be relied upon to understand the ethics of Australia’s situation – as the canary in the mine of climate and nuclear threats.

Still – there are thousands of Australians, especially indigenous Australians, and many groups like the Australian Conservation Foundation, and Friends of the Earth who do “get it”, and who lead the pressure on governments to really face up to these dangers.

November 28, 2019 - Posted by | Christina themes, religion and ethics

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