Climate Emergency Declaration

Climate Emergency Declaration

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“All of us are fully aware how wrong it is to falsely yell ‘Fire!’ in a crowded theatre. But we are also aware of how wrong it is to sit silently while a fire begins to spread...”  
Richard Alley, Professor of Geosciences at Pennsylvania State University

At the Paris Climate talks, scientists and people from low-lying island states set 1.5 degrees Celsius of warming as a red line that must not be crossed, but in February 2016, the global temperature spiked past 1.6 degrees Celsius.  The Great Barrier Reef  has bleached and large sections are dying. The earth ...

“All of us are fully aware how wrong it is to falsely yell ‘Fire!’ in a crowded theatre. But we are also aware of how wrong it is to sit silently while a fire begins to spread...”  
Richard Alley, Professor of Geosciences at Pennsylvania State University

At the Paris Climate talks, scientists and people from low-lying island states set 1.5 degrees Celsius of warming as a red line that must not be crossed, but in February 2016, the global temperature spiked past 1.6 degrees Celsius.  The Great Barrier Reef  has bleached and large sections are dying. The earth is alrady too hot. Nothing but emergency action can preserve a liveable planet.

It's time to insist our leaders stop playing political games on climate and stand together and declare a climate emergency. This petition is a first step in a growing campaign by grassroots climate action groups to pressure our political leaders to step up and do what is needed to address the climate crisis.  It is part of a PetitionStorm and the total includes signatures on other forms of the petition. Over fifty community groups are supporting this campaign. Read the full list and find out more about our campaign at http://climateemergencydeclaration.org

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Climate Emergency Declaration Petition*

Call on the Australian Parliament to declare a climate emergency and initiate a massive society-wide climate action mobilisation. 

Dear Australian Parliament,

We call on you to declare a climate emergency and to make action on global warming our nation's highest priority, here and internationally.

Climate scientists say that we face a climate emergency, and that our actions so far have come nowhere near what is required. We have just experienced the hottest year on record. In February 2016, there was an alarming global temperature spike of more than 1.5°C of warming, just months after the Paris Climate talks set an aim of not exceeding that benchmark. The Great Barrier Reef is dying as the oceans heat up, and recent fires burned ancient world-heritage Tasmanian forests. The future of ecosystems, and of human civilisation, now hang in the balance.

We call on Parliament to initiate a society-wide mobilisation of a speed and scale not seen since World War II. We must work with other nations to devote all the resources necessary to preserve a livable planet and protect the vulnerable from the dangerous climate impacts already locked in.

Carbon emissions must be reduced to zero within a few years, not several decades, and we must safely draw down the excess carbon dioxide already in the atmosphere. We must rapidly transition from coal, gas and oil to 100% renewable energy, replacing fossil fuel jobs with jobs in renewable energy and energy efficiency.

* This petition is one of several which are part of the emergency declaration campaign. On 14 November 2017, the total included 10,762 signatures on hard copies of various petitions, and 5044 on other on-line versions. Read more about the other versions, and find out about the campaign at http://climateemergencydeclaration.org

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