Australian pollution threatens region while
relations strain as tension rises
A developing low-pressure system in the Indian Ocean has led to the Bureau of Meteorology issuing a smog and pollution warning to all citizens in Indonesia, after polluted Australian air was redirected North-Westwards.
While the pressure system is only expected to last for 72 hours, scientists at the Bureau of Meteorology warn that there will be a sustained period of poor air quality, poor visibility and higher aerosolised pollutants that may last two weeks. Local authorities have also been warned to prepare hospitals and clinics for an increase in the number of patients suffering from respiratory distress and other health issues. Regional Manager for Health, Dalya Hafez, has urged citizens to take precautions over the next few weeks:
This pollution cloud is expected to reach us soon and while It’s not our first experience, the forecasters have indicated this could be a particularly damaging event. Local and regional municipalities are already activating their emergency response plans in preparation and local hospitals have started to receive extra shipments of respiratory medicines. Once again I want to urge everyone to exercise a high degree of personal accountability and to take care of themselves over the next few days and weeks. While this pollution event doesn’t appear to be serious enough to warrant a curfew, we do suggest people stay indoors as much as possible. Vulnerable people, children, pregnant women and the elderly should also stay indoors or move to another region temporarily if possible.
Due to enhanced legislation in the Khilafa that forces companies to minimise pollution levels, and strong trade deals that bind countries in the Dar al-Hudna to restrict pollution levels, air quality has improved significantly in the Khilafa over the last few years. Unfortunately, Australia is not party to any trade deal or responsible environmental agreements and is a constant source of tension for Muslim countries in the Oceanic region.
While most countries have made a concerted effort to move towards renewable energy sources, Australia continues to suffer under consecutive conservative and ideologically driven governments that have continued to invest in coal power generation to the detriment of the local population and regional community. Ahmed Bolt is an Imam from Australia and has tried to educate the Australian community over the last four decades:
Australia is a strange and unique country with great potential that is unfortunately being squandered by short sighted leaders. Back at the start of the century it seemed like Australia was moving towards a smart, green and inclusive future but that fell apart by 2020 when the government banned renewable energy in favour of supporting the local coal industries. Unfortunately they didn’t realise at the time that the two major coal importers, China and India, had plans to move away from coal themselves. What followed was an economic collapse and a return to the dark ages. Now, Australia is one of the poorest countries in the southern hemisphere with the highest level of respiratory health issues due to our poor air quality. I suppose its no surprise though that a country founded on theft and genocide wouldn’t care about its international responsibilities as a global citizen.
While citizens wait, the Khalifa summoned the Minister for Foreign Affair and the Minister for Defence to an emergency midnight session last night to discuss strategies to deal with the Australia problem. The Khalifa has given no indication of how the Khilafa will respond, but an early draft report was leaked to the media which identified political, economic and military options.
“Pollution storms” as they’ve been termed in the oceanic region, are becoming a more frequent phenomenon and while they mainly affect countries in the Khilafa, there is growing irritation from countries within the Dar al-Hudna. China, Japan and Papua New Guinea have recently held high level talks to discuss the “Australia problem”, issuing a rare joint statement criticising the Australian leadership. In response to growing pressure, the Australian government seems to be in damage control with Prime Minister Pierre Dutton implementing emergency energy rationing in order to shut down some of the more polluting power plants, though experts agree this is not likely to have any discernible impact on pollution levels.
The Minister for Defence, Heba Qureshi, has also fired off a rare public warning after visiting a naval officers on Enggano Island. Speaking to cadets during a military service rotation she said:
States have a global obligation to ensure their actions don’t cause harm at home and abroad. If the Australian government has no ambition to use cutting edge technology for power generation then that’s a domestic issue. If their stubborn actions threaten individuals living in the Khilafa though, whether through pollution or exacerbating climate change, then it becomes our problem. So far, we’ve shown a high degree of competence in solving problems.