Letter to the Editor
The cauldron of discontent that is the climate change debate alternates between simmer and boil over, depending on what new ingredients are tossed in. The combination of drought, water shortages and bushfires all meant that the cauldron was boiling most of the time and the media was starting to run out of superlatives to describe the situation.
“Crisis” and “catastrophic” have been used to the point that they have almost become meaningless and occasionally apocalyptical.
“Outrage”has also become popular. How dare the Prime Minister allow this to happen?
Around the country groups are calling for “immediate” or “instant” action. Doing his bit to stir the pot is the smug figure of Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese.
So I think the time is right to introduce a new adjective, “hysteria”.
Greta Thumberg gave a master class in theatrically contrived hysteria at the UN.
Some of the people in the latest hysterical outburst are not in the mould of regular rent-a-crowd uni students. Among the Extinction Rebellion activists were middle aged and senior citizens.
As a senior citizen myself, I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry at their antics.
Hysteria means “emotional excess” or frenzy, irrationality, panic and loss of control, and that really concerns me.
Normally steady sane people are being swept along by the tide of professional activists whose only interest is destabilisation for their own aims under the smokescreen of climate change.
I think it’s time to sit down and take a “Bex”.
B Johnstone, Brisbane