Gosh, I’m zorched, living a life out of a suitcase on the yellow brick road in Oz. Two presentations today, flying, driving, walking, running. It’s a whirlwind tour. All my travel photos are taken from car windows, airline windows, airports, or at weather stations.
Coming to WA soon. Check the schedule here.
I want to take a moment to thank many people. I’m sure already I’ve forgotten some. Apologies in advance for such oversights. First, the people of Emerald, Queensland.
Your town gave David Archibald and myself a very warm welcome. I felt right at home. As I said in the landowners meeting that afternoon, your predicament with land use and the government cries out for some measured, reasoned, and effective protests.
Thanks to Mr. David Stockwell not only for his talks, but also for his hospitality.
Also, thanks to the people of Noosa, Case and Peter, and the organizers of the Gold Coast (especially to farmer John and his son in law) for the exposure to footy and hospitality.
Hobart, despite my luggage loss was interesting and entertaining. Some greens laid out the welcome wagon via press release for us to local media, who ran it up unquestioningly. I guess the local greens must have really seen a threat if they had to go to all that trouble:
Community members speak out in response to the news that “Watts Up with the Climate? Australian Tour” speakers Anthony Watts and David Archibald are coming to Hobart to spread misinformation about the climate at the Stanley Burbury Lecture Theatre, UTAS, Hobart, 6.30 pm on Wednesday 23rd June.
Of course, they wrote this PR not even knowing what we were presenting, and of course, they didn’t attend. Heh, such closed minds.
Even so, we had a great turnout in Hobart. Note: negative publicity helps too.
I found this banner in downtown Hobart quite interesting:
Some 47% of Tasmania is protected preserves forests, and they want more. Seems excessive to me. Kids, if you want to save the Tasmanian Devil, I suggest you worry about the real immediate and present danger: The Tasmanian Devil Facial Tumour Disease. Banning furnaces and fireplaces won’t matter if there are no Devils left to habitate the forests. IMHO, all your campaign will do is piss people off enough to wish the Devil is gone. But that’s just an opinion of a visitor who you hate in advance.
In Adelaide, special thanks to Ian for the fine gift of the fruits of the land. Also to the two ladies that drove 11 hours just to hear our presentation that night – David and I have never been more honored.
Today David Archibald and I flew via REX Airlines to Mt. Gambier for a noon presentation. I hoped the airline didn’t perform like it sounded. After landing and renting a red micromobile (no Gore-esque stretch limos for us), we drove to south Mt. Gambier. I gazed at the extinct volcano known as Blue Lake, much like Crater Lake in Oregon:
…and of the lush greenery in South Australia. It is quite a marvel when my distorted USA view sees it all as brown. Special thanks to our earthmoving friend from Mt. Gambier who came up to us afterwards with his kind help.
We drove from Mt. Gambier across the lush farmlands of SA to the state of Victoria, gaining back the confounding 30 minute time zone difference in the process when we crossed the border:
Tonight, 25 June, I David and I made presentations in Hamilton City VIC at their new hospital conference center. We had excellent newspaper coverage and attendance, and the facility was superb for making our computer presentation easy.
I’d also like to thank Paul Collits for his introductions, plus Pat Healy for his organizational help (hope you feel better soon). Kudos to Pam and Peter Small for their fine hospitality.
Per our dinner conversations tonight, I leave you with this image from the USA: