With respect, I suggest Pat Callaghan has profited well from the political system that he denounces in his encouragement of the students striking against perceived climate change in his letter (Port Lincoln Times, October 1).
The students and the adults who are encouraging them would do well to remember that tens of thousands of our young men and women, many who were not much older than those demonstrating paid the ultimate sacrifice willingly so that we and these young privileged kids are even able to demonstrate.
I find it difficult understanding that an educated person like Pat actually believes the climate change hysteria that is being perpetuated at the moment.
Have our generations made a hash of some things?
Should the students be free to protest?
But if you are going to protest about an issue then you should be prepared to live your life in those beliefs and not be hypocritical.
I repeat what I have said before, climate change is not a proven science and the elevated threats that Pat and others espouse is just alarmist.
The issues of the Vietnam War and Apartheid were real and valid and both have now passed into history, however I would suggest that most young people in Africa today would still love to have just a fraction of the luxury that the demonstrators live under and take for granted.
The threat of plastic pollution in our environment is real and the damage that it has caused is known and understood and is a truly worthwhile cause about which to protest.
Regardless of what Pat says and some students and others feel, Australia can be very proud of our overall record in human and other rights that we enjoy today.
The young people of Hong Kong right now are putting their very lives on the line in protesting for even a fraction of the rights that we enjoy.
What would the entitled children demonstrating say to fellow classmates whose parents' livelihood depends on coal or other mining or making steel? Bad luck!
Crime solutions overdue
As a retail worker in Port Lincoln, I recently had an aboriginal youth of about 10, upon leaving, asked me with great shame if I wanted to check his bag.
He couldn't even look me in the eyes.
I reassured him as best I could, and felt great shame myself that a kid of 10 would feel racially profiled.
Port Lincoln is long overdue for solutions to youth crime.
It is far past the time where Port Lincoln has needed a youth community centre.
Why don't the representatives for Port Lincoln get something like a PCYC (Police Citizens Youth Club) and RAP programs happening?
The long term benefits to the community and the youths themselves make me seriously question why Port Lincoln is so behind on this course of action.
To the parents/carers of the youths, where are you?
And to the youths.
Nobody thinks you're cool. Nobody thinks you're heroic.
Wielding a stick and hitting things isn't smart or brave. It's behaving like an animal.
You will earn far more respect and admiration by taking the hard road and striving to improve your world instead of destroying it with sticks and rocks.
Nuclear is needed
Climate activists regularly propose 100 per cent take up of renewable energy sources by 2030 in their emotional mantra to prevent "global extinction".
Whilst this ideological dream is a commendable pursuit, it is neither practical nor sustainable for the future.
Wind and solar power sources are an intermittent supply which is highly dependent on climatic conditions, blowing wind and sunny days, and is rendered totally ineffective at night and on calm days.
Storage capacity, essential for renewable energy to be viable, at present is limited and could remain so for the foreseeable future.
Our secondary and primary industries require continuous base-load power to undertake manufacturing and production of much-needed items and services.
At present this electricity is provided by coal, gas and hydro electric sources and is mostly reliable, but becoming exceedingly more expensive.
Base-load power is essential to maintain our present living standards and will always be necessary but alternative generation sources are required.
Nuclear power generation is one alternative, which is used successfully overseas, but seems to be off limits in Australia, even though we have some of the largest uranium reserves in the world.
Youth crime ignored
Another round of high police presence on our streets, many tax paying citizens having a short period of their time wasted during roadside operations while a problem that is becoming more serious, that of youths breaking into houses and cars, vandalising property and assaulting people, is ignored.
This problem will not get better if our police continue ignoring it.
A town that desires tourism cannot have police that allow people to pass out drunk on main streets and children damaging property in broad daylight.
Time to do the job our taxes pay you for Lincoln police.
Shame on you for letting it get this bad.
Good idea done badly
The federal government ballot to measure community sentiment over plans for a radioactive waste facility near Kimba is a good idea that has been very badly done.
Clearly, affected local communities should have a say in decisions with direct impacts and hosting radioactive waste that lasts 10,000 years would certainly impact.
But to make an informed decision a community needs detailed and accurate information. This is missing at Kimba.
There is little or no detail on waste acceptance criteria, transport and handling procedures, or future plans for the most contaminating waste.
The community is effectively being asked to give a blanket approval to a concept, not measured consideration of a specific proposal.
The government wants to set up a purpose-built facility: national in scope, long-term in duration and intended to host Australia's most problematic radioactive waste. This problem was not created by the people of Kimba, nor is it their sole responsibility to solve.
The federal approach has been to shrink the space for a discussion around this waste and to turn a needed national debate into a local infrastructure opportunity and bidding war. This approach has been divisive, failed to consider other options and not provided people in the wider Eyre Peninsula or South Australia with a voice.
Australian Conservation Foundation
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