Ben Elton: [well off; stance; demonise; engulf; get one's line; Greenie tree-hugger; fair enough; 16:26] Do you not feel it is a bit depressing this idea that we wait on other people's opinions to form our own? As a first world nation with still an extraordinarily lucky lifestyle, to point at a developing nation which is only now beginning to gather about itself the luxuries that even quite less well off people still take for granted, and say :"You're not doing anything, why should we?" . I think in terms of a moral and a historical stance, it's going to be very very difficult to defend even in 10 years, let alone in 20 years. You then say also Australians, they got bored of the climate debate about 2007; they didn't really want to talk about it; they are worried about the mortgage. Of course they are. Everyone is. Nobody expects the individual in the street to be able to volunteer to put 20 years ahead economy in the same context of their economy tomorrow, when they are trying to feed their children. That's why we have leaders. That's why we ask for leadership from our politicians. Now it seems to me that Mr. Abbott has constantly followed. He has taken very easy choices, like demonising the carbon tax which was a phrase that was used over and over again. Never once did I hear him actually discussing the reason we talking about carbon emissions. Another: we have this extraordinarily good idea,an obvious idea, the world is one globe, developing nations particularly with low-lying line land, are about to be engulfed by a series of tsunamis. There's a suggestion that first world should form a fund to perhaps help, since we all live on the same planet and these actions are happening from our carbon burning. Immediately, Tony has got his line: it's Bob Brown Bank. I'll say that over and over again. I won't engage the issue; I won't discuss it; I won't look at the morals; I won't look at the science. I'll say Bob Brown, Bob Brown, Bob Brown, and hopefully, enough of a percent of electorate in our first past the post system, will listen and go, oh, yeah, Greenie tree-hugger and I know what you are talking about. Fair enough, that's a lot of old rubbish.
<informal,disapproving>someone who wants to protect the environment, especially forests. this word shows that you think people like this are silly and annoying
used for saying that something seems reasonable but you do not agree with it completely and you would have been happier with something better.