Australia Day 2020
Today is Australia Day, or if you are a First Nation person, you might call it Invasion Day. Back in 1788, the “First Fleet.” of British ships arrived on Australia’s eastern coast and began establishing a British colony.
The British considered the Australian continent unoccupied – as the indigenous peoples were not considered as a nation in themselves. However wrong this was at the time, it happened and today we still celebrate this day with a public holiday.
January 26 in Australia, marks the end of the long summer holidays and that means lots of folks travelling on the roads and lots of pool parties and barbeques.
At a time when the dude from Top Gear is making egotistical comments about Australia, Boris Johnson comments on our ‘resilient spirit.’
Is our country still resilient? When many of us support dirty coal fired power generation? Or deny climate change?
Not all Aussies fully comprehend the gravity of the planet’s situation as they only hear what the media here tells them. The media often fails to give a balanced view!
What can you do, when those who are ignorant or closed to new ideas vote in ignorant fools, because they read and listen to tabloid tripe? It’s a little depressing.
Whilst European economics has its problems, at least they are aiming for better air to breathe, and a better country for their children.
We seem to be taking a longer time to understand the problem.
This Australia Day – take up my challenge and show that Australians can:
- Read more widely – especially those opinions that you don’t at first agree with – they may have a point of view that resonates somewhere. It can’t hurt you even if you don’t change your opinion – you will just be better informed.
- Seek out facts to substantiate your opinion. The Radio and TV commentators might be and often are misinformed or wrong.
- Discuss this with your friends and listen to feedback.
- Challenge long held beliefs – the world is changing.
Don’t get left behind, Australia.