Rita Walker: Australia (Blog Fifteen) by Dan Watt and Taylor Norris

“We’re going to present this as something the committee wants to be involved with, not a threat, so it should go over great!”

Rita Walker: Australia (Blog Fifteen) by Dan Watt and Taylor Norris

Ooderoo Noonuccal (November 3, 1920 to September 6, 1993) is an Aboriginal Australian poet.  Here is one link to All One Race and her other poetry:  https://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/noonuccal-oodgeroo/poems/all-one-race-0719001

Rita sits in her empty classroom at the end of the day and massages her temples.  It’s the fourth week of teaching and none of her clients are elementals or from the Dreamtime.  They’re all interested in sustainability but prefer to debate each other instead of working as a team.  Zsofia steps into her room first.

“Brought you some coffee,” Zsofia says placing the steaming mug on Rita’s desktop.

“I don’t think most of the population cares about recyclable, biodegradable, renewable products or energy,” Rita says with lament and frustration in her voice.  “We have biochemists, and a number of engineers in the class yet most won’t speak up about what to do for the environment.”

“A good manager gets people to work for them willingly,” Zsofia says with a chuckle.  “Take their knowledge and use it to get government and businesses to collaborate.   Today’s going to be rough for you Rita.  We have to discuss what happens if businesses refuse to initiate environmentally focused practices.  Also we need to go over the repercussions to buying out companies with environmentally sustainable technology and then destroying the new technology or making it impossible to use.”

Rita rubs her temples harder.  She takes a long sip of the coffee.  This is what we have so far:  “If we’re talking coal and natural gas the procedure is to invest in multiple technological solutions.  That could be better filtration, adding non CO2 producing biodegradables, and the gradual replacement of coal and natural gas by reusable energy.  As for plastics.  Micro plastics, and plastics in the water and land need to be removed and either stored or re-used.  At the same time biodegradable substitutions should be developed.  It will be important to get replacements from a variety of sources, preferably the parts of plants currently considered waste by-product.  The other reason is a variety of sources means one substitute will not hinder the growth of others.  We don’t want deforestation or the loss of food crops in order to grow one type of plant to use as a plastic substitute.”

“That sums up the technology,” Zsofia says taking a sip of her own coffee.  “What we want to do with businesses is introduce more environmentally friendly substitutes for what they currently have.  The changeover should be financially viable, even if that means the government needs to supplement the business while it starts the changeover.  We also want job security for the current employees.  For businesses who are willing to change there will need to be financial penalties that may lead to forced closure.  We also need to make sure there are government policies that protect environmental technologies from companies purchasing them then refusing to use them or from destroying the technology.”

“Do you think this will get accepted?” Rita asks.  She just wants to get the next two weeks over with now and meet up with Marlo.

“Thank you for being here,” Rita says giving her friend a powerful hug. 

https://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/10.1093/reep/rex013

Blue Mountain Jenolan Caves background pic by Peter Samuel with Rita Walker body makeup by @amasonart Alannah Mason, model Taylor Norris, picture of model by Dan Watt

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