Humans are supposedly different to the rest of animal species because of their ‘free will’ and ability to make decisions. While my dog vehemently disagrees with this premise- he’s more than capable to making his own decisions, and makes no bones about letting us know what they are by communicating very effectively, humans are nowhere near as straightforward.
The courts clearly see the ESD Principles, like speed limits, as suggestions– so why should anyone else take them seriously?
One way is to fight capitalism with capitalism! Why not put a price on the head of every koala, frog and tree that people are trying to save. Why not demand that potential damage is costed as well as potential ‘benefit’. At least that would level the playing field at least a bit for argument!
A classic example is the ‘World Rally’ which is about to be foisted on the pristine world heritage, ‘green cauldron’ area of the far north coast of NSW.
If a rally DA is to be submitted with promises of jobs and rivers of gold flowing into the Tweed. At what cost? Who came up with the figures being bandied around and what are they based on? It’s interesting that any destructive activity is always ‘sold’ to gullible decision makers based on the number of jobs it will create and the amount of money that will flow in- the arguments are always the same, and the promises never play out in reality- its all part of the political game called let’s pull the wool over as many eyes as possible.
Where are the studies which show how much a human life is worth? How much is an endangered animal worth? How much is the ‘peaceful enjoyment of our own homes’ worth? How much is the inevitable environmental damage worth? How much is the testosterone that will flow through the veins of young people across the Tweed who will see this as an imprimateur for copycat driving and a multitude of forms of violence, worth? Apparentlly nothing.
As I write this people are playing russian roulette with their lives by trying to cross scenic Tweed Coast Road in the face of cement trucks speeding to a massive development that is currently waiting a court decision which may see it ordered to be pulled down- and it’s a weekend!
One only has to visit the Tweed and GC hospitals the day after a ‘big’ bucks party to see the damage done to individuals by themselves and their mates. Last week the GC osteo wards were so full they had to put smashed up young men into the women’s wards! They were as regretful as Matthew Johns about their behaviour! Or even try for a picnic in a park at Uki or Hastings point to see hoons speeding past at more than double the speed limits- oh yes, we must let the young people have their fun! Watching people kill themselves and damage others worked for the gladiators in Rome. Our modern equivalent is football, car racing and development!
The damage must be costed, not just the so-called ‘benefits’? If this rally is to go ahead- and everything is pointing to the fact that the deal has already been done, then the Tweed Council needs to slap a bond of $31million’ on the rally organizers as a condition of DA approval from which will be deducted- road damage, resident comfort and damages costs, the cost of anyone killed or maimed, the cost of any animal killed or maimed, and any other miscellaneous costs attributable to this madness.
Its time we put a stop to human stupidity and our hellbent race to self-destruction – but I guess I’m just dreamin’