Vote Climate Neighbours Glen Iris Jackie Yowell

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Why I’m voting climate – Jackie Yowell

I’m terribly concerned for future generations. I don’t want to leave a legacy of destruction of the environment to the next generation. I think this generation must be responsible for its legacy, and step up to fix the problems we have caused.

What are your main concerns?

I am very worried for future generations because they’re going to have the legacy not only of the consequences of climate change, and how to deal with these, but also of further global issues – some of which are already emerging. It’s the world these young people around the globe are going to have to live and work and have families in.

We have one son who hasn’t given us any grandchildren yet, but we’re crossing our fingers for his future and perhaps their futures too.

 

Local climate glen iris garden Jackie Yowell
Local Climate Action Glen Iris Jackie Yowell with fruit

Tell us some more about why you are voting for the climate?

Can we depart this planet thinking that’s what the next generation will say? That’s why Guterres’ quote about ‘sleep-walking into a catastrophe’ has resonated so strongly with me – because the consequences are happening now, as we have seen with the floods and fires and cyclones and inundation in Bangladesh and in the island states around us. It’s just wicked to leave that to the next generation to fix. So, we’ve got to be responsible. 

We may not have known we were causing the problem, but we know now, so we can no longer kick the problems down the road.

 

 

What can we do to help?

How can we depart this planet thinking that’s what the next generation will say? That’s why Guterres’ quote about ‘sleep-walking into a catastrophe’ has resonated so strongly with me – because the consequences are happening now, as we have seen with the floods and fires and cyclones and inundation in Bangladesh and in the island states around us. It’s just wicked to leave that to the next generation to fix. So, we’ve got to be responsible.

“I feel very deeply that we must attend to the problem now and not have them say: How could they cause that and not fix it?”

And yet the IPCC [Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change] reports show how slow progress has been. I realised that if we are to get our Australian political leaders to act more decisively, there must be a groundswell of motivation. We all need to work on both ‘the big picture’ and at the local level too. I’ve recently joined two local organisations where I’m meeting committed people and working collaboratively with them.

Read more about Jackie Yowell’s journey on our local climate action pages here.