“Australia has passed legislation that would impose a tax on the nation’s 500 largest polluters, a deeply unpopular measure that the government defended as necessary to control climate change.” CBC News
After weeks of spending time in a class focused on how we as a society communicate about the natural world, it is as though I myself am some sort of Green Party die-hard when reading this article. Though opinion polls have shown that the recent legislation is “unpopular,” it is with a stern gaze and a broad smile that I read this article and conclude, “Good on ya, mate.” The image associated with this article is particularly intriguing, as it is depicting a night-time scene which could imply to viewers that pollution happens in Australia at all times. When you sleep, corporations are polluting. When you rise, corporations are polluting. It is an interesting message that the top 500 polluters (who was the lucky government worker that got to decide send those letters?) will be taxed. It actually shows that the easily quantifiable amounts of carbon being pumped into the air could land you in some level of hot water. Perhaps not boiling, but not tepid, either. The tax may not ease any of these corporations pollution levels, however it does send a message to the masses, both at home and abroad, that the Australian government is doing their part and making an effort that not many others have tried. Perhaps, if nothing else, this story communicates an inspiring message for those governments previously stuck between a rock and a hard place.