Climate change is like getting into debt

Climate change is like borrowing money and getting into debt. Consider this: you borrow a large sum of money and the interest rate goes up every year. You do not make any repayments on the loan and instead borrow more each year. Pretty soon the amount owing is huge and growing because a) the interest rate is increasing b) you haven’t made any repayments c) you continue to borrow more money.

Climate change is like this because we keep putting more CO2 into the atmosphere and our emissions are going up each year. These emissions warm the earth which in turn causes other problems that cannot be reversed – ice sheet loss, melting permafrost, loss of sea ice, large scale coral reef die-offs – that represent the ever-increasing interest rate on the loan. What is especially tragic about it is this debt will be dumped on our children to repay because all the CO2 we are putting into the atmosphere today we will have to remove.

People who continue to fight against meaningful climate action are a disgrace, especially when the rest of the world watches with horror as Australia burns. And this is just the beginning. We are already in debt and there’ll be more warming, drought, and fires – worse than anything we’ve seen yet – still to come.

I don’t usually agree with Piers Morgan but I enjoyed watching this interview on Good Morning Britain where he rips into Craig Kelly, a senior Australian politician, and a climate change denier. Craig Kelly makes Australia look like an ignorant, backward penal colony.