GetUp are commemorating the passing of the carbon dioxide chance, and we can all be a part of it. YAY!!
To commemorate this historic event, we’re giving you the chance to be part of history by adding your message to a time capsule to be gifted to the Museum of Democracy and opened in 2050. Can you send a message to put in a time capsule, and show future generations you cared enough to speak up in an era when fear and cowardice almost won the day?
Yes, that’s right, the Museum of Democracy. This tax has never been taken to the electorate at an election, was explicitly ruled out at an election, and will likely be implemented before the next election. And these people have the gall to even associate it with democracy? Pathetic, GetUp.
You’re welcome to write anything – maybe it’s a message to the grandchildren you haven’t met yet, or maybe it’s a message to their children. You could tell a story from a climate rally you attended, write a simple thank you addressed to local climate heroes or MPs, or maybe you’d just like to share a couple of quick words about why a clean energy future matters to you. Whatever you write, you’re preserving the heart and hope of this important moment for generations to come.
You heard them. We’re welcome to write anything. While they haven’t listed any examples a skeptic might say, they did say “anything”. Here’s what I wrote (if anyone else want to leave a message, remember to untick the “receive GetUp updates”).
Julia Gillard promised us there would be no carbon tax. We got one. Most Australians oppose it. It has completely bypassed the democratic process.
Scientists continue to dissent over the so-called consensus. The faithful still fail to provide empirical evidence for their claims, can’t get a prediction right, and abuse those that disagree as “deniers”.
The rest of the world avoids action to reduce greenhouse emissions, while Australia pushes on with this scheme sure to damage the economy and cost jobs.
We cannot hope to reduce emissions in any meaningful way. For the suffering that we will bring on ourselves, the effect on the climate will be immeasurable.
My only hope is that future generations, such as yourselves, are not still paying the price for this subversion of democracy. Please, learn from our mistakes.