Jacqueline Maley isn’t alone in questioning whether the latest activism around priceless works of art is effective (“Ever Called Anyone Awake? Maybe You Should Wake Up,” October 30). The media coverage can amplify the unrest (and also the irritation), but what does that yield? Is the message right – that climate change is much worse than tomato soup? When museums and secure underground storage vaults around the world are engulfed or destroyed by fire and entire collections are beyond repair or beyond repair, it will be too late to tut-tut. The goal is clearly to shake us out of our complacency and make us realize that not only high culture is under threat, but civilization itself. Will alarm translate into joint climate action? Impossible to say, but in the great tradition of social activism, it’s probably good to keep pushing all our buttons. Margaret Johnston, Paddington
Thank you. Brad
Thanks, Peter FitzSimons for a great interview (“Early Exit Interview Reveals It’s Never Too Late to Get a Life,” October 30). I am one of the most that would thank Brad Hazzard for going the extra mile during COVID. Respecting people on the “other side” is noble. Brad, your calm response to the media made us feel safe. Judy Archer, Hornsby
Repair the system
Many parents are already first responders caring for their children who may be at risk of suicide. So are some grandparents and extended family (“Parents Recruited For Health Struggle,” Oct. 30). Our grandchild committed suicide last year at the age of sixteen. This was despite our acute awareness of their risk and vigilant efforts to keep them safe. Some of us feel we should have done more to prevent what happened. The reality is that we have done everything possible. Our family’s ongoing heartache is immeasurable.
The problem with the current system is the inadequate provision of public and private professional services, which are overloaded, fragmented, expensive and difficult to access when you need them most. This is exacerbated by the frequent poor communication between professionals and services. Caring for a child at high suicide risk is extremely complex and demanding. It puts enormous pressure on the family and requires a team of highly trained professionals and a variety of service options. Name withheld
The toll of inactivity
Droughts, floods and storms are increasing (“Burning ambitions to curb emissions grow in the desert”’ October 30). We will continue to pay the growing toll in nature, agriculture and quality of life for our mindless addiction to fossil fuels and for putting the economy above the environment.
We don’t care that life in the aquifers is being wiped out by the gas industry; we may not care about insects, which are eliminated in the name of higher agricultural yields, but the little furry gliders have fewer insects to feed on and are dying out in numbers due to their absence. We may like native wood in our buildings, but koalas need them for food and shelter; we may love our platypus, but not enough to keep them from dying in floods, fire, and drought. We love the economy of pine plantations, but pine plantations and the toxins they protect are destroying our native forests and killing our wildlife.
All kinds of wildlife already pay with their lives. Unless we change, it’s only a matter of time before we make this planet uninhabitable, even for us. Penny Rosier, North Epping