Climate Action must be a Top Priority for the Next Parliament

62 scientists and experts have signed an open letter to the next Parliament of Australia, calling for whichever party that wins Government this Saturday to make urgent action on climate change a top priority for the 46th Parliament of Australia.

Prominent signatories of the open letter include: Nobel Prize winners Professor Peter Doherty AC and Dr. Sue Wareham OAM, former Australian of the Year Professor Fiona Stanley AC, former Chief Scientist of Australia Professor Penny Sackett and many of Australia’s leading scientists from disciplines including climate change, health, economics, energy, and finance, including Professor Hilary Bambrick, Professor Will Steffen and Professor Barbara Norman.

Add your name to the open letter below >

To the Next Parliament of Australia --

Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions are rising, moving the country further away from its Paris Agreement obligations.

Whichever party wins government on Saturday, urgent action on climate change must be a top priority for the 46th Parliament of Australia.

The consequences of climate change are already upon us; including harsher and more frequent extreme weather, destruction of natural ecosystems, severe property damage and a worldwide threat to human health.

Australia Institute research shows current emission reduction targets are incompatible with the goal of the 2015 Paris Agreement that aims to hold the rise in global temperature to 1.5°C and no more than 2.0°C above pre-industrial levels.

The solutions are all available to address climate change, all that is missing is the political will.

Who's signing

Christina Ginevra
Trisha Brunton
Ross Farrell
Pam Maitland
Kari Sann
Anna Bulman
Anna Harrison
Rhiannon Patterson
Dennis Sherwell
Stuart Hill
Stephen Oquist
Susan Summerfield
vivian acourt
Douglas Betts
Peter Lam
Mary Lithgow
Scott Valentine
Paul Smith
Jocelyn Edge
Kelvin Carlsson
Brian Ward
Sally Corbett
Mick Pope
David Clarke
Robyn Venardos
Kay Soderlund
Byron Smith
Barbara Curthoys
Rosalie Amey
Kathy McKenzie
5,231 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Christina Ginevra
    signed 2019-05-23 18:39:46 +1000
  • Trisha Brunton
    signed 2019-05-23 18:38:23 +1000
  • Ross Farrell
    signed 2019-05-23 18:37:45 +1000
  • Pam Maitland
    signed 2019-05-23 18:18:09 +1000
  • Rhiannon Patterson
    signed 2019-05-23 17:52:50 +1000
  • Dennis Sherwell
    signed 2019-05-23 17:51:19 +1000
    The short, medium and long term economic benefits including job creation that will result directly from being at or near the front of the battle against climate change will underpin the health of our economy for at least the next 2 or 3 generations. Continued reliance on fossil fuels will significantly contribute to a much-reduced standard of living – as well as a much-reduced quality of life, a quite different but just as important measure – by 2050 if not earlier. How our elected representatives either don’t seem to understand that or understand it but consciously decide to ignore it, and/or don’t know how to explain it to the electorate is totally baffling to me.
  • Stuart Hill
    signed 2019-05-23 17:43:11 +1000
    Stuart Duncan Hill
  • Stephen Oquist
    signed 2019-05-23 17:40:44 +1000
  • Susan Summerfield
    signed 2019-05-23 17:38:40 +1000
    As a public high school secondary teacher of senior Geography and Economics I spend every day researching and teaching about the issues which impact our environment and economy. I implore the new Federal Government to take decisive action on climate now and help transition our economy to renewables. The environment and the economy are not mutually exclusive. There is money to be made in renewables. We can do our part to help save our planet and create jobs.
  • vivian acourt
    signed 2019-05-23 17:31:45 +1000
  • Douglas Betts
    signed 2019-05-23 17:23:02 +1000
  • Mary Lithgow
    signed 2019-05-23 17:09:38 +1000
  • Paul Smith
    signed 2019-05-23 16:59:09 +1000
    Paul Smith
  • Jocelyn Edge
    signed 2019-05-23 16:51:31 +1000
  • Brian Ward
    signed 2019-05-23 16:39:08 +1000
    Brian Ward
  • Sally Corbett
    signed 2019-05-23 16:32:02 +1000
    The IPCC reported that we have 12 years to make massive changes to reduce emissions to net zero by 2050.


    Australia must play its part. For the sake of all people, the preservation of the natural world and all that it supports.


    Australia must introduce legislation to reduce its emissions.
  • Mick Pope
    signed 2019-05-23 16:18:56 +1000
    Mick Pope
  • David Clarke
    signed 2019-05-23 16:17:23 +1000
  • Robyn Venardos
    signed 2019-05-23 16:17:06 +1000
    Robyn Venardos
  • Barbara Curthoys
    signed 2019-05-23 16:13:03 +1000
    I agree Climax is the most important thing for our country and the world.
  • Rosalie Amey
    signed 2019-05-23 16:12:39 +1000