Blog | 27th Aug, 2009

It’s going to cost money. Get used to it.

Part of what we do here at Environment Victoria is meet with politicians, their advisors and government bureaucrats.

It’s how we atone for our sins.

When we meet with them, we make sure they hear what’s needed to deal with our environmental challenges. We’ve recently been talking to these guys about ways to solve the climate crisis, save the Murray Darling Basin, and create green jobs and industries. And we’ve kept hearing the same response: “Yes it’s a problem, yes we want to do something about it, but that’s going to be very expensive.”

As my sisters used to say to me when I stated the bleeding obvious – Durfred! (Or was that Dur Fred? I’ve never actually written that expression before)

So here it is: a message to politicians and decision makers around the world.

Solving climate change is going to be expensive. Get used to it and start looking for money. Maybe you could start by looking at those subsidies that go to the big polluters.

But guess what? Not solving climate change is going to be even more expensive and damaging to our economies. Victoria’s bushfires in February have cost the state billions, not to mention the loss of life and communities. If we lose agricultural industries in the Murray Darling Basin, there goes a $14 billion per year industry. A recent report found that losing parts of the Great Barrier Reef would reduce the value of Queensland tourism by $38 billion each year.

But of course this is only one part of the equation. By getting serious about a clean energy revolution we create new jobs-rich green industries. And by rising to the environmental challenges we face there is another, fairly large non-economic benefit: 

We get to preserve much of life as we know it on the only habitable planet we’ve discovered as we hurtle through space at 100,000 kilometres per hour.

In this blog (which we’re glad you’re reading by the way) we’ll give you the inside scoop on the big environmental issues and from a big picture perspective.

We’ll be blunt. We’ll be brief. And we’ll be barracking for planet Earth. We want you – creative, inspiring and optimistic people – on our team.

We can sort this mess out.

Are you in?