Are you appalled yet? In May 2014, Abbott told a minerals industry parliamentary dinner he could think of “few things more damaging to our future” than leaving coal in the ground.
So today I am kicking the tires on messaging about coal, climate change and the future of humanity. If you’d read some of my other blog posts you know I get a political and write on themes about nature quite often. Here is a poem I’ve been working on that looks at the ‘good for humanity’ claims of the former Australian Prime Minister.
Coal is good for humanity Coal is god for humanity no wait - hear me out. If it weren't for coal we'd be stuck in olds of old No industrial revolution No copious and conspicuous consumption. I doubt we'd have tv or social media Imagine having to be book readier?! Oh the humanity. Coal is definitely good for humanity You gotta hear me out... It doesn't deserve our demonisation As it loyally supports the combustion that drives the world's energy needs even as those pesky ice caps recede. Maybe it's actually time To open more mines. Yes coal is good for humanity You really should agree It's finally given us a use for trees And winters that are starting to feel balmy Is it really possible for a tulip bloom to be described as arriving too soon? But maybe coal can be even better for humanity Our meddling species could learn a little humility.