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

The earth is too hot. We can't afford to keep making it hotter. Food and water shortages are already contributing to conflicts and mass migrations. Scientists say we are risking billions of deaths and the collapse of human civilisation. 

This petition is part of a growing campaign by grassroots climate action groups to ...

“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

The earth is too hot. We can't afford to keep making it hotter. Food and water shortages are already contributing to conflicts and mass migrations. Scientists say we are risking billions of deaths and the collapse of human civilisation. 

This petition is part of 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.  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 Members of the House of Representatives,

Concerned citizens of Australia call on our Parliament to declare a climate emergency and initiate a society-wide climate mobilisation of a scale never before seen in peacetime.

Climate scientists say that we face a climate emergency and that our actions so far have come nowhere near what is required. In February 2016, there was an alarming global temperature spike of more than 1.5°C of warming, just months after the Paris Climate Accord set an aim of not exceeding that limit. The Great Barrier Reef and ancient world-heritage forests are dying. The survival of ecosystems, and the future of human civilisation, now hang in the balance.

We must devote all the resources necessary to preserve a livable planet and protect the vulnerable from the dangerous climate impacts already locked in. Greenhouse gas 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.

Find out more about our campaign at http://climateemergencydeclaration.org.

* On 22 June 2018, the total signatures for this campaign included 11,538 signatures on paper petitions and 5284 on other online versions.