You know things are serious when scientists, traditionally non-excitable folk, begin speaking up in the media about respect. But it’s happening. And all thanks to a national debate on the science of climate change that has turned more toxic than some of the pollutants apparently in the atmosphere.
A group of 200 scientists will be in Canberra today for the annual ‘Science Meets Parliament’ event – hoping to grab the ear of the Opposition Leader Tony Abbott.
They want assurances that the public debate is not being hijacked by pseudo science … an assurance that may not be forthcoming today.
“They will ask MPs and senators to make sure the climate change debate does not harm the vital contribution research is making to the nation’s future.
“The valuable and credible work of all scientists is under attack as a result of a noisy misinformation campaign by climate denialists,” CEO Anna Maria Arabia said.
The momentum is growing on a day when Tony Abbott will be making a real push for a plebiscite in Parliament which could force the Prime Minister to hold a $69 million referendum on whether we should move forward with a carbon tax.