This is what most 17-year-olds probably think about "global warming" ...
MR RUDD, I am 17. Although my opinion will be politically insignificant for another year, it is my generation who will suffer the consequences of inadequate climate change action. After your election, I was one of many excited at the prospect of change. Now I feel extreme disappointment. What happened to taking climate change seriously; to listening to science; to climate change being the greatest challenge of the generation?
I understand how such a politically cunning response would blunt Opposition attacks. But we don't need clever political manoeuvres or more excuses, summits or reports. We know the facts. A carbon reduction of 25-40 per cent by 2020 is necessary to keep global temperatures within 2 to 2.4 degrees of pre-industrial levels. A mere 5 to 15 per cent means destroying the Great Barrier Reef and Kakadu and catastrophe for the Murray-Darling Basin, thus threatening 700,000 jobs.
Global warming may be the greatest challenge of your generation but it is the greatest threat to mine. Don't go down with John Howard as one of the men who stood by and watched it happen.
Robert Moseley, Upper Ferntree Gully
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