I just watched the Q&A panel. As suspected Cory Bernardi denied climate change – even claiming CFCs are to blame (insert chuckles). Bill McKibben was brilliant, and spoke eloquently about the science and the ethics of acting on climate change.
But if I have any criticism it is towards the ABC and the producers of Q&A.
They framed the debate by giving equal time to an advocate for science (McKibben) and a denier (Bernardi). This perpetrates the myth there is a debate, and just further confuses the public. Thus what concerned my came to pass – which I noted in my previous post.
So was the public discussion advanced?
It was New South Wales Labor MP Linda Burney who left the deepest impression on me.
Speaking about the future and the planet we will leave our children, she drew upon her indigenous heritage to say “Be an honorable ancestor”.
What do you want your legacy to be?
How do you wish your children and their children to remember you?
Her insight helped cut through the white noise that so often characterizes the climate debate.
Respect the future of our children and the world we leave them.
I will put everything else about the show out of my mind, retaining only the elegance and beauty of that sentiment.
“Be an honorable ancestor”.