People Are Trying To Use a 112-Year-Old Poem To Prove Climate Change Isn’t Real
Stand by to see if anyone manages to unearth any Dorothea MacKeller poems about rising global temperatures, extended bushfire seasons or mass extinction events.
People who refuse to trust climate scientists’ opinion on climate science are instead basing their opinion on a poem written 100 years ago by a 22-year-old in England.
Yep. That’s the current standard of our intellectual debate, people.
You’ll probably be familiar with the poem — ‘My Country’, by Dorothea MacKellar — which waxes lyrical about Australia being a land of drought and flooding rains.
“I love a sunburnt country, of droughts and flooding rains, … but seriously people, this shit is beyond quaint” – Dorothea MacKellar, 2020.
— Adam Hills (@adamhillscomedy) February 9, 2020
The most iconic stanza goes like this:
“I love a sunburnt country,
A land of sweeping plains,
Of ragged mountain ranges,
Of droughts and flooding rains.”
Oh man, people are really out here saying that fucking Dorothea Mackeller poem to disprove climate science. That will fuccen do me.
— Samm (@oihipsterbogan) February 7, 2020
BREAKING: The Bureau of Meteorology to introduce a new forecasting and climate classification system based on Dorothea Mackellar's much referenced poem "My Country" as already adopted by the RWNJ Armchair Meteorology Society of Twitter
— Christopher Owen 🦪 (@oysta) February 10, 2020
— ross clelland (@rnclelland) February 9, 2020
If you think you've got problems this morning, spare a thought for the staff at the Dorothea Mackellar Quotation Overload Emergency Centre
— Greg Battye (@gregomancer) February 9, 2020
This week the leader of the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party Robert Borsak invoked the poem to try and give context to our recent extreme weather events — although he mistakenly credited Helen Keller instead of Dorothea MacKeller.
“She was right, I mean drought and flooding rains are what Australia’s all about … that’s the way it’ll always be,” he said.
Apart from the mistaken attribution, neither Helen Keller OR Dorothea Mackellar were climate scientists 🤦🏻
— Dr (sometimes but not always) Happy (@drhappy) February 11, 2020
Alan Jones also shared sections of the poem to his Facebook page where he astutely observed that there were no coal-fired power stations or global warming alarmists back in the early 1900s.
“And people from Malcolm Turnbull down want to paint alarmist pictures around the world about something the 19 year old Dorothea Mackellar observed in 1904,” Jones wrote.
#SkyNews Alan Jones quoting Dorothea Mackellar on weather cycles .. like Andrew Bolt and Chris Kenny, Alan Jones is just too thick to understand what high school kids know. #CC means accelerating extreme weather events, time frames are shortening, more chaos ahead #BurnNewsCorp
— grace pettigrew (@broomstick33) February 11, 2020
Apparently Dorothea Mackellar predicted climate change in the early 1900’s, but did nothing about it because she loved a sunburnt country of droughts and flooding rains.
— Guns in Australia 👌 (@Gunsinaustralia) February 10, 2020
Famously, England’s industrial revolution depended almost entirely on coal which sent pollution levels soaring, filled the skies with smog and led to a lot of serious health impacts.
That’s where Dorothea was living when she wrote the poem. It was actually her homesickness for Australia, where she was born in 1885, that inspired her to write ‘My Country’. It was first published it in the London Spectator Magazine in 1908.
Dorothea Mackellar is cancelled.
— James Morrow (@pwafork) February 6, 2020
Look, we’re pretty bored of constantly debunking this one, but for those in the back — over the last 4.5 billion years our climate has changed a lot. In the past that’s mostly been because of small variations in Earth’s orbit.
Science now shows that our planet is warming at an unprecedented rate, and it’s because the carbon dioxide we’ve emitted since the industrial revolution has become trapped in our atmosphere and heated the planet.
NASA has more on that here if you want to arm yourself with information for the next time someone quotes “My Country” at you.
One of the very despairing things about the bushfires is it shows how so many people will never accept climate change is a problem – it will be backburning or a one-off event, or blah blah Dorothea Mackellar poem.
Even more despairing is how many of these people are in Govt
— Greg Jericho (@GrogsGamut) January 2, 2020
So in summary no, what’s taking place is not normal (to the extent that we’re currently seeing it). And the great part about science is that it can’t be disproven by someone quoting poetry at you.
Stand by to see if anyone manages to unearth any MacKeller poems about rising global temperatures, extended bushfire seasons or mass extinction events.
Photo credit: State Library of New South Wales/ Photographer Glen Broughton