This is a sequel of sorts to a blog post where I took a recent cartoon about Davos by Chapatte and posted the end of the notorious 2003 Laurie Garrett email underneath.
Today’s Australian (Jan 31, 2011, page 22) had an article entitled
CEOs upbeat on global economic outlook
“However, Mr Goyder was struck by how climate change had taken a back seat at Davos to concerns about water scarcity and food security as the big emerging market economies drove global growth. A farmer’s son, Mr Goyder said the prospect of global food shortages over the next few decades provided an opportunity for Australia provided that foreign markets could be opened to Australian food exports.”
Coupla things here;
First, I am surprised that Mr Goyder is surprised. Climate Change is simply too big a problem. So we have thrown it in the “too hard” basket and decided to get on instead with problems that we [think we] can solve, by militarising and securitising them. It’s the inverse of a recent post about “if the only tool you have is a hammer, all your problems look like a nail” – you ignore any problem which is too big to pretend it’s a nail….
(See the newspaper article “Report: Global Warming Issue From 2 or 3 years Ago May Still Be Problem”)
Second, I don’t know if Mr Goyder (managing director of corporate behemoth Wesfarmers, see biog here) is related to the George Goyder who tried to explain to South Australians that there was a line (the Goyder line) beyond which rainfall was insufficient for the farming they wanted to do. Unfortunately (for everyone) the next three or four years had lots of rainfall. He was called an idiot (and worse), and people went north of the line. You can still see the ruins of the homesteads. But if he were, it’d be one of life’s little ironies, no?
[Update: And who should be on the front page of the Australian Financial Review on February 1st? Mr Goyder… News
Richard Goyder on the front page! – update blog
“Goyder dismisses talk that Wesfarmers could comfortably sit back and fine-tune a business portfolio that straddles groceries and hardware, the booming coal industry, insurance, LPG distribution and industrial safety, and churns out $3 billion in earnings.”]