Climate Change Comment

One of the issues that plagues the modern world at the moment is the rise of populism and it’s impact on all of us. Mainly because this version of populism is not underpinned by anything moral or just. It challenges human rights and the very fabric in the way our societies exist. A belief in an ideology that is entirely based on falsehoods and myths. This cuts through all facets of society be it religion, science, economy or politics. While Populism itself doesn’t always have to be a bad thing when its a movement to bring down a corrupt government or giving a voice to the neglected part of the population. But to have credibility then it has to be based on a truth not someone’s ill informed opinion or bigoted belief. Another warning signal to human survival at the moment is promoting the idea that people with knowledge and science are now the elites who should not be listened to. But keep putting your faith in the people with power and money as the sole voice of wisdom. This is how complete idiots get elected into office and put us all at risk. It’s also why we have gone on for decades without any decisive action on Climate change. Currently the Amazon Rainforest is also under stress due to the same factors. A complete denial of reality along with wilful ignorance that is inherent in a corporate culture that drives land clearing & burning off. It also questions that wisdom of allowing power and money without governance to always do the right thing. I also find it odd with populism that Technology is given a free pass in terms of its impact on society with globalisation, automation job losses and other major social changes that impact on business and the way we live. Those same individuals find it far easier to blame some ethnic minority for all of society’s ills and think isolationism is the cure all. This is populism at its worse, like unlocking the self destruct button for the human race. So it’s no secret I believe the world should take action on climate change and while it might involve drastic lifestyle changes for some. The vast majority of the worlds population won’t see much change at all. That is the stark reality of it all, trying to leave our grand children with a half decent planet to live on without massive global conflicts and a sustainable environment.

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Sunshine Beach

Pictures taken from various points around the Sunshine coast in Australia mostly in National park areas or on the beach. I like the Noosa area because so far local government hasn’t given into the pressure of developers where multi story buildings can totally destroy the beauty derived from pristine landscapes. Those high towers are best left for cities and high density living. The beach environment and wilderness is supposed to be the exact opposite of that.

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Noosa 2019

Pictures taken from various points around the Sunshine coast in Australia mostly in National park areas or on the beach. I like the Noosa area because so far local government hasn’t given in to the pressure of developers where multi story high rises can totally destroy the beauty derived from pristine landscapes. Those high riser’s are best left for cities and high density living. The beach environment and wilderness is supposed to be the exact opposite of that.

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Tash Sultana

Tash Sultana is an artist I came across only a short while ago and her music appealed to me straight away. She is by no means conventional, a self taught musician who earned her stripes in the early days busking on Melbourne streets. Only those early days are not so long ago, she shot to fame when one of her songs went viral on YouTube and has progressed ever since. I only hope she doesn’t over do it and suffer burn out with too many demanding touring dates not allowing the chance to take time out and continually be creative. But I really enjoy the way she mixes all styles of music into some of the songs she has composed.

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Enlighten Mar 2019

Although I’m a fan of Enlighten I thought this year’s effort just looked a little bit tired. Maybe it was the weather, as there were a few showers early in the evening. But a lack of street performers and other colourful sights took away from the experience. However having said that, I will be there again next year I hope. 🙂

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Hoover Dam & The Grand Canyon

Well this was the grand finale and part of the reason I made Vegas a stop over. The Hoover dam is an engineering masterpiece. The way it was built and the sheer scale of it, one can only be impressed. The Grand Canyon is the same, only this landscape is one that nature built so it’s scale is enormous. Would have enjoyed being at the bottom of it and looking up but was able to capture a couple of shots from an aerial view.

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Las Vegas

As Wall St is considered the heart of capitalism, then Vegas must surely be capitalism’s playground. Most foreigners are fascinated by what I like to call America’s bling it can be pinnacle of luxury in some places while in other places it’s somewhat less than that.
Still I enjoyed the experience of being able to see it all first hand, which was another curiosity satisfied.

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Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe another picture postcard location, surrounded by snow capped mountains it’s crystal clear water of America’s largest alpine lake. No matter where you go, its always scenic and you get the feeling of a very relaxed lifestyle. So no wonder American’s love to holiday there. Plus it seems the commercialism is also kept under control so that nature is able to put on it’s best display.

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Virginia City NV

Virginia City not far from Reno, this historic western town is worth a visit. Lots of authentic old saloons plus the wooden walkways give this town an old western atmosphere. At the height of the gold rush, it was a pretty wild place and those old buildings all have lots of interesting history on display that can be found by a walk around the town.

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Alaska and the Glaciers

This was another big wish list place to see. As we are most likely the last generation to be able to take any action on global warming I wanted to at least get the feel of that sort of wilderness before it all changes. Although it is still spectacular the signs are obvious that nature is being tested by our addiction to carbon based energy and resource hungry economies. But one has to hope its only the wilful ignorance by a small minority that is preventing a much more major global impact than it already is.

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