Dr Richard Hames predicted the 9/11 attacks and the global financial crisis, and while a shift in capitalism is his next major prediction, he’s got something to say about climate change too.
“How we’re approaching that [climate change] is short-sighted, and not urgent enough,” Hames told Yahoo Finance.
“There’s no doubt, if you look at the scientific evidence, that climate is changing, and changing in a way that is very harmful for humanity.”
But Hames said where the Australia government has been focusing on carbon emissions, more needs to be done.
“Even bodies like the Climate Council are so fixated on singing to the choir that they don’t do the analysis required to try to understand what the implications of renewables are, because it’s not all good.
“You can’t just shift away from coal as easy at that, because the foundations of society are built on fossil fuels.”
And, Hames said, nor you can rely on wind and solar being as clean as we want it to be.
“There are difficulties associated with electric cars for example, because the rare earth that is required is very costly to buy… So there are things to consider which we’re not taking into account at the moment.
“But the most dire thing is that we are not doing enough fast enough, because irrespective of whether it’s caused by mankind or not, if you have the opportunity to improve the world and make life cleaner and less polluted, why wouldn’t you do it?”
‘You’ve stolen my dreams’
Hames’ comments follow the global climate strikes and climate activist Greta Thunberg’s scathing address to the United Nations Climate Action Summit.
In her address, Thunberg told the UN they had stolen her dreams and her childhood with ‘empty words’.
“People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction and all you can talk about is money and fairytales of eternal economic growth. How dare you.”
Thunberg championed the ‘School Strike 4 Climate’ across the global, which drew almost one million people across 2,200 events worldwide.
And it wasn’t just people who got involved - Atlassian co-founder Mike Cannon-Brookes started a ‘not business as usual’ campaign, which saw businesses sign up to let their workers also strike for climate change.
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