By Mark Pearce
Nov 30, 2014
What is fundamentally at stake in Australia right now is life – all of it!
From Australia’s last great wilderness in the Kimberley (Western Australia), to the Pilliga woodland of New South Wales, and the towering rainforests of Tasmania and Victoria, we are all connected to this country in one-way or another.
Yet, our governments and their industrial sidekick corporations continue to put at risk the community’s land, food, air, water, wildlife and significant cultural and heritage values in order extract fossil fuels from the ground for emerging super power countries and sustain, in the short-term, Australia’s “economic viability”.
To deny life support to your own people in need is clearly an act of violence. All political power rests on this violent foundation – from the first dominion of kings and emperors to the elaborate systems of state land management today.
In effect, it’s an invisible violence of security – a hostility that many Australians are facing, imprisoned by an all-powerful, imperial-like external force. Some may like to term this type of violence a form of “terrorism” but therein lies “terrorism's” ambiguity.
Stand-by Australia to be bombarded with fossil fuel campaigns over the next 18 months, telling you how safe and clean these resources are to human life.
The ‘clean’ fossil fuels campaign will undoubtedly be another sorcery of social relations, that which big industry, governments and their corporate media partners will spin (spending millions of dollars in the process to back the fraudulent financial Ferris wheel), until the public are convinced of its moral and economic rationality – thus creating another modern-day myth for society to accept.
The truthful facts of how the industrial state complex is crippling Australia (economically and sustainably) must be exposed to the wider public.
The Australian nation must bond together and work up a mass system of deterrence against this “polluted democracy” to not only save themselves and their families but the environment that sustains us all.
Environmental destruction endorsed by governments and carried out by big business and fossil fuel banking cartels is a challenge to Australian society, and it must be responded to as such. If we don’t do something right now, we will all be tied to a human catastrophe that can never be reversed.
It’s the people alone who can lead us to a cleaner, better future. People such as Albert Wiggan, Anne Kennedy, Bob Davey, Hedley Hoskinson and Maddy Dee are standing their ground to protect nature and attempting to reach out to the rest of Australia to wake us up from of the propagated fossil fuel slumber.
These ordinary Australians are speaking out in a new short film produced by Balangara Films and The Wilderness Society Inc to help inspire all of us to act from the heart consciousness.
“This is cinematic, educational, activism brilliance..." Carolyn Bourke — Facebook Blogger
WATCH THE SHORT FILM HERE: http://vimeo.com/112366896
About the author: Mark Pearce is a director and producer at Balangara Films, Melbourne, Australia.
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Albert Wiggan from the Kimberley, standing his ground to protect significant Indigenous culture, country and heritage sites which is all under threat from oil and gas extraction.