Australians Call Out PM in New Video ‘Dear Scotty’

Photos by Jam Hassan

It usually takes hitting rock bottom for an intervention to place, and Sydney’s black summer of bushfires was exactly that.

This is the cost of doing nothing: an ecological and economic disaster for Australia, whose leaders continue to advocate for the burning of coal and fossil fuels. Our prime minister, Scott Morrison, has copped a lot over the last six months, and for good reason—despite 17 million hectares of our country being burnt, communities and lives destroyed, and the death of over a billion animals, he still has no credible emissions or energy policy. Zero, zilch, nada. We’re falling behind the rest of the world, and it’s no longer just embarrassing, it’s catastrophic.

Conjola Park residents return to the burnt remains of what was once their homes. The small town on NSW’s South Coast was one of the hardest-hit regions, leaving 3 dead and 87 homes destroyed.

This prompted Greenpeace to gather together Australian actors, musicians, athletes, and bushfire survivors for their new video, Dear Scotty. The intervention-style video message, pieced together from all across the country, calls out our prime minister, asking him to do better, for everyone’s sakes: ‘You’re a family man; what sort of world do you want your daughters growing up in?’

It’s time to stop treating the symptoms, and time to start addressing the causes of climate change. You know that, we know that, and here’s hoping through initiatives like this, ScoMo will finally get his head out of the sand too. Check out the video above, then head to the Dear Scotty website to send a message of your own to our Prime Minister. Ball’s in your court, ScoMo.

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