Never-ending consumption on a planet with finite resources is suicide
We are all aware of the dire need for change and despite having the greatest lever to change our path of never ending consumption it seems our governments are adverse to change.They all speak of sustainability and write broad sweeping statements in their annual reports but nobody thinks it is their job.
Unless we are ready to take all the cars off our roads we should be looking to the second major carbon polluter, concrete, as one of the major keys to the solution. Without de-carbonizing the road construction industry, we stand little chance of achieving the Paris goals and this is one the greatest levers available today. We have the technology
Sustainability when properly implemented leads to financial sustainability and creates a circular economy where resources are re-used. This is now possible but despite the technology being available our government remains inactive, apathetic and grossly negligent.
I feel for poor Greta, working so hard and speaking with so many heads of government, she must be so despondent by now after experiencing all the empty talk and promises, no-one is delivering. I am scared it is because the decision makers just wont be here, but I am surprised they are not considering the effect upon their children?
We don't need to lower emissions - we can stop emissions!
Our Main Roads department has the technology to halt the on-going consumption of the world's most destructive material - concrete, but they remain inactive - why?
In 2016, Australia signed the Paris Agreement, promising to reduce its emissions by 2030, yet our governments seem to think it is the responsibility of the individual- yet our combined efforts to recycle our household waste or stop using plastic bags would result in almost negligible change when compared to the impact this one small change could make to our future.
We can heal our roads and our cities, creating self-healing cities, but instead they continue to dig up our roads and dispose of these valuable resources daily- causing traffic congestion and risking the lives of road workers - why?
Unless we are ready to take all the cars off our roads we should be looking to the second major carbon polluter, concrete, as one of the major keys to the solution. Without de-carbonizing the road construction industry, we stand little chance of achieving the Paris goals and this is one the greatest levers available today.
Our Main Roads dept (MRWA) say "We embed sustainability into everything we do" but continue with business as usual - digging up our roads and disposing of valuable carbon resources on a daily basis - with a total disregard for the environment, despite the fact they can now build sustainable roads (cheaper than current methods) and create circular economy where our finite resources and hard earned tax-payers dollars are re-used and not squandered day after day, but they are too busy writing policies to do anything about it.
Maybe its corruption, or maybe its just apathy. Why do today, what we can leave for future generations to do tomorrow?