Attitude shift is noticeable

December 08, 2017

Sarah Barker ‘‘waved’’ goodbye with the ‘‘falcon-wing’’ door of her Tesla Model X, pulled away from the kerb this week and silently left Shepparton.

The arrival, and departure, of the MinterEllison law firm special counsel was symbolic.

Ms Barker came to Shepparton at the invitation of Slap Tomorrow, a Shepparton-based group eager to help people across the district to better understand the society-wide difficulties arising from climate change.

Her arrival in the Tesla encapsulated her message that as consumers we have the power to change the market by choosing environment-sensitive products, such as electric cars.

Ms Barker talked about risk being the prime driver for individuals, companies and corporations whose only interest was profit, and as such how climate change — as an environmental issue — carried no weight.

However, she pointed out such dismissive attitudes were changing with many of the world’s biggest investment groups stepping away from those companies not making allowances for climate change within their structure.

Ms Barker talked with more than 30 people at the Shepparton campus of La Trobe University for about 45 minutes and then spent nearly that long answering questions.

Her visit highlighted many things, among them the fact that Shepparton does not have a Tesla fast-charge facility and so she had to travel via Euroa, which has such a charging station.

The dilemma Ms Barker faced is not unique as only last week Melbourne-based urban designer Bruce Echberg, who has a residence in Nathalia and is heavily involved with the landscaping at the city’s new Shepparton Art Museum, also had to travel via Euroa to charge his Tesla.

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