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Our environment is all about the important roles of plants, animals, water, waste, insects, oceans and our climate. Cool Australia investigates how we need a healthy environment for a healthy economy and healthy human lives. It’s about how we impact our environment in our daily lives and how we create our own future every day.

This is important stuff to understand. A few years ago who knew? Well a few scientists, hippies and environmentalists were onto it but we didn’t pay much attention. Maybe it was all the beards, long hair, soap avoidance, white coats and complicated language? Today, with just about every living system in decline we face a challenge to protect our environment. How will we re-program ourselves to actively stop us from destroying our life support system?

It sounds straight forward but history tells us that it will be anything but simple. Change happens slowly. Big Business has never been more powerful. The biggest corporations in the world earn their income from drilling and digging up fossil fuels to be burnt to create energy.

They are more powerful than most governments. There are many challenges that we face, and there are solutions ready to go now and there are many ways that we can all work together to sort it out.

Understanding how our environment works is all about engagement. About bringing us together to redesign a safer, smarter, healthier and cooler world. It’s important to understand what our natural world is, what it provides for us, and what we risk with ‘business as usual.’

Some think that we are just fine, but, like a credit card after Christmas, there will come a time when we need to pay up. Unfortunately for us nature doesn’t negotiate, debate or accept part payment – she simply responds.

Forget about ‘Save the Planet’ or ‘Save the Earth’. The planet will be fine: it’s humanity that is in trouble. Think about it as saving our economy, our jobs, our families, our friends and our future. If this sounds a little dramatic, that’s because it is.

We can continue to destroy or we can learn to change. The choice is ours.

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