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, 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 liveable 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 21 December 2016, the total included 2517 signatures on hard copies of various petitions, and 2863 from other on-line versions. Read more about the other versions, and about the campaign more generally, at www.climateemergencydeclaration.org/petition