Posted by: islandsfirst | June 23, 2008

The Planet’s Not Going Anywhere

Kiribati President Anote Tong is in Australia, continuing to seek help for his threatened nation. Reuters reported comments by Australian Climate Change Minister Penny Wong prior to a closed-door meeting:

Unless we act now, climate change will be catastrophic for Australia, Kiribati and the world. It will put the whole global economy at risk, with shortages of basic necessities like food, water, shelter and energy causing global conflict.

Meanwhile, climate scientist Dr. James Hansen of NASA’s Goddard Institute will testify today in front of the US House of Representatives’ Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming. It will mark the twentieth anniversary of his congressional testimony that first brought climate change to the world’s attention. His intended remarks can be found at the Worldwatch Institute‘s web site.

And while “the road ahead is daunting“, we’d be remiss if we didn’t also report on another, less formal testimony about environmental concerns – that of the late George Carlin:

There is nothing wrong with the planet. The planet is fine. The PEOPLE are ****ed. Difference. Difference. The planet is fine. Compared to the people, the planet is doing great! It’s been here four and a half billion years…. The planet isn’t going anywhere – we are!


  1. Sad news about George Carlin. I always appreciated his funny but ultimately insightful perspective.

  2. For more information and live video on Kiribati visit

  3. All is not lost. Kiribati’s 32 atolls will sink, but at least the coral outcrop of Banaba (height 80 metres) will survive. Everyone row for that!

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