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Keeping and open mind I hope, it seems to me that the evidence of human introduced climate change, riding on top of any natural climate variations, is a fact. That said, and despite the amount of Australia's atmospheric pollution being largely irrelevant in a world sense, everyone, (not just the prime polluters China and the USA), needs to join with the world all over in playing our part in the control of what global warming effects that we can.
The vast majority of climate science indicates that in the next decade, we are likely approaching a so called 'tipping point', where, by the end of this century, atmospheric heating effects will 'run away', out of our control, and lead to a vastly different and much less hospitable world to live in for those who follow us.
It appears that we will need world wide political pressure, by every voter, everywhere, to effect the necessary changes we need, and rapidly reduce our reliance on oil, gas and coal, if we are to have any chance of keeping our world largely as it is today.
A friend of Greypath has just released a heartfelt video on the subject which you might care to have a look at and circulate elsewhere if you wish.. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Unnnnc9F70
It will be of great interest to many Greypathers to see what this Royal Commission brings in to the light. I have visited many such aged care facilities and have yet to see anything like the matters that led to the commission being appointed. That said, if the recent investigations in to the banks and financial institutions are any guide, we are in for some most unpleasant findings. We seniors, as both voters and potential users of aged care services, and our seniors organizations, will need to be heard loudly when the time comes for action.
What would you wish for, if you still believed wishes came true?
For our Greypath seniors, apart for world peace, the lotto etc, it invariably seems to be wishing good things for others than ourselves.
So that's what we at Greypath wish for all of you, a year of acceptance and contentment with where we are at, and that you can find happiness with the simple things we find along the way, in this grand adventure called life.
It is said that we are living 1 year more for every 5 years since 1900. Also recent and accelerating medical advances will provide us with an even longer and healthier old age.
That said, and despite an 'unknowable' future, it seem likely that we will need to work for many more years in the future, than we do today.
That brings us to the thought, just how long, would one realistically wish to live, given good health, and a reasonable life style?
It seems that jobs are disappearing at an increasing rate. Not only going offshore, (such as call centres, heavy manufacturing and much IT development), but also due to automation. Unfortunately, as we live longer, and as a consequence of that new ageing profile, we seek pension support for longer. To achieve this support, we need to be creating more jobs at the tax payers end, rather than losing them!
Unless in some miraculous ways, technology comes to the rescue, we are in for a crunch time with significantly declining living standards, somewhere later this century.
While 'thought bubble' tactics such as reducing business tax, or changing the retirement age, are routinely floated, then, try as I might, I can find no overall national strategy that stands scrutiny, and which will give me any confidence that we will overcome the steadily rising threats to our well being in the years ahead.
A national non-partisan 'future economy' planning commission or other,may be worth considering.