Video might have killed the radio star, but that doesn’t mean talkback radio has taken too much of a hit. One show that I rate as the best radio journalism for youth affairs (among a sadly small field) is triple J’s Hack. So, I was pretty stoked when they gave me a call on Monday to see if I wanted to say a few words about climate change when they announced their Straw Poll results.
Err, hold on. What’s the Straw Poll? Hack have been running a vote thus far in the election campaign so that young people can nominate the issues that matter the most for them. I voted climate change, which topped the poll – it’s always nice to know other people think the same as me!
If you want to hear what I said, you can listen to the show with me on it (at the end of Monday) or, better yet, check out the whole program about climate change (Tuesday). This is what I said:
KATE: Tell us, what made you vote for climate change in the straw poll?
DAVID: Well, I mean I guess there’s probably two major reasons. One is that I’m Australian, so I mean, we’re part of the problem, we stand to lose a lot from climate change, and we’re also in a really good economic position and environmental position to act on it. I guess the second part is that I’m one of 3 billion people around the world under 30 so I’m hoping to live for another 50 years, and I don’t want my future, and everyone else’s, to be dogged by environmental, political and social problems that we really could be acting to prevent now.
KATE: And this is going to affect your vote this year?
DAVID: Certainly is, yeah, I mean I think there some are reasonable differences in the policies between the two major parties but their climate change policies are both quite weak, so I’ll, yeah, be voting on climate and I’d encourage a lot of young people around the world who are worried about that kind of issue to do the same.
Self-dissection: I need to cut the ums, yeahs, I means and I guesses. I was a bit unsure as to whether I could explicitly endorse the Greens in the second part so I danced around saying that a bit… but they’re the only legitimate political option if climate change is a major concern for you . If you’re a young person, or someone with children, it should be!
If you listen to the Tuesday program (do it!) you’ll hear from a member of the Climate Skeptics party, who, in addition to ignoring the problem, believe that the Murray-Darling Basin problem can be solved by stopping fresh water flowing into the oceans by placing dams. That’s a ‘solution’ (‘turn the rivers inland!’) which has been mooted for decades, but is completely environmentally, economically and technically unfeasible. It would appear the Climate Skeptics don’t understand the basics of environmental management. Excuse me while I die of shock.
In case you’re unconvinced, 2010 continues to break records for hottest global temperatures, as predicted by climate scientists decades ago.
Anyway, jibes at skeptics aside, I’m happy that my first radio appearance (well, there was Super Request last week… I’ve become a JJJ whore) was about an issue I care deeply about.