Our top scientists have been telling us for decades that our carbon pollution is creating ever-worsening natural disasters such as floods, droughts and bushfires. Despite this and the record high ocean temperatures which contributed to our recent heavy rain, our state and federal governments have been reluctant to link climate change to the recent floods.
This may be because despite the scientific evidence and the increasing impact natural disasters are having on our economy, our state and federal governments are still encouraging the continuation and expansion of fossil fuel (in particular coal) use and export. Billions of taxpayer dollars are spent each year subsidising the fossil fuel industry.
The fossil fuel corporations like the coal miners and the owners of coal-fired power stations, continue to make massive profits from a product that is linked to deadly natural disasters. These corporations are also relentlessly campaigning against any action on climate change, ensuring that they can continue to make their profits while people all over the world suffer. They must be held responsible for their actions, and for the damage that fossil fuels are causing.