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.

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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

Desdemona Shee
Matthew Hickey
Hannah Barrett
Chris Mills
Cynthia Kardell
Michael Josefsson
Eleanor Cillani
Nyree Hutchins
Kirsty Fuller
Sebastian Baker
Graham Noonan
Ken Clark
Jane May
Alex Jennings
Jiveny Bliar-West
Glenn Tamblyn
Richard Edmonds
Susan Wynn
Robert Goodwill
Yael Bergman
Paul Munro
Jarrah Orphin
Nicole Thornton
Petrina Slaytor
Karis Sanderson
Ben Stafford
Elisa Bartels
Don Stokes
Diana Saad
Stella Files
5,231 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Desdemona Shee
    signed 2019-05-23 13:28:52 +1000
  • Hannah Barrett
    signed 2019-05-23 13:22:24 +1000
  • Chris Mills
    signed 2019-05-23 13:22:15 +1000
  • Cynthia Kardell
    signed 2019-05-23 13:21:35 +1000
    In hindsight we need a carbon tax. Sweet, simple and direct. A pox on the idea that energy markets achieve anything other than allow a business to defray the cost of doing nothing. A carbon tax forces emissions busting investment in new technology and jobs! Same same, when it comes to water. Shortages pump up share prices, not water – as the smaller operators go to the wall. Their pumps run dry, and our rivers, reefs and forests die and with them, our farms, our towns and wildlife. You see, sky high share prices in water, only tumble when the environmental ecosystem has collapsed, because markets don’t solve anything, when the things they are allowed to trade in, properly belong to all of us.
  • Michael Josefsson
    signed 2019-05-23 13:19:28 +1000
  • Eleanor Cillani
    signed 2019-05-23 13:18:26 +1000
    The incoming government must take immediate urgent action on climate change. The solutions are all available. Economically Australia would be in a much better position.
  • Nyree Hutchins
    signed 2019-05-23 13:18:02 +1000
  • Kirsty Fuller
    signed 2019-05-23 13:17:41 +1000
  • Sebastian Baker
    signed 2019-05-23 13:16:08 +1000
  • Graham Noonan
    signed 2019-05-23 13:14:27 +1000
  • Jane May
    signed 2019-05-23 13:08:19 +1000
  • Alex Jennings
    signed 2019-05-23 13:06:41 +1000
  • Glenn Tamblyn
    signed 2019-05-23 13:01:26 +1000
    Climate Disruption (and environmental breakdown) is THE defining national security threat facing Australia in the 21st century. It is the solemn duty of the Australian Government, of any and all political alignments, to lead in the defense of our nation. Failure to lead in this would be gross dereliction of duty, tantamount to Treason.

    Arguments that strong action would ‘crash’ the economy are simply outdated – a transition to renewables is the low cost pathway forwards.

    There will be a real impact on communities in coal mining regions for example, but this is now totally unavoidable – Coal is an industry facing terminal decline, it’s Kodak Moment has arrived. Suggesting to those communities that coal will continue to support them for much longer is gross deception, and terribly cruel.

    What is needed is for the entire Australian community, through it’s governments, to totally rally around these communities and drive the rapid rollout of replacement industries and economic activities to support their local economies. The faster alternative industries can be developed in those regions, the faster we can transition out of coal.

    The people in these communities have supported our nation and kept the lights on for so many years. Australia owes a debt to these communities that we must now repay in full. ‘An Australian always pays his debts’.
  • Richard Edmonds
    signed 2019-05-23 13:00:51 +1000
  • Susan Wynn
    signed 2019-05-23 13:00:21 +1000
    We have 11 short years to turn this pollution tide around according to the scientists in the UN. I trust them and want Australia to power ahead with renewables, build a hydrogen industry and responsibly transition our many coal workers to other high paying renewable energy jobs.

    Bring in incentives for the electric or hydrogen car industry and kick start that industry here.

    Let’s move forward in to tomorrow with hope and vision that we can save this world from itself and build a bright future for all of those who follow us.
  • Robert Goodwill
    signed 2019-05-23 13:00:11 +1000
  • Paul Munro
    signed 2019-05-23 12:54:45 +1000
    There is little hope of Australia making real progress in addressing global warning in the absence of a significant level of bipartisanship about appropriate measures that can be taken; there is need for a comprehensive multi-sector array of policies drawing upon work already being undertaken by more forward thinking enterprises to adapt their operations to emerging priorities for action.
  • Nicole Thornton
    signed 2019-05-23 12:53:00 +1000
    Please have the courage to help Australia transition to a low carbon economy, and take climate change seriously. If the future world of my life and every other Australian is not a big enough driver for you to move Australia forward, then do it for your kids, grandkids and great grandkids (and their descendants). Look them in the eye and say you worked hard to give them a life that has the same quality as you have had.
  • Petrina Slaytor
    signed 2019-05-23 12:52:53 +1000
  • Karis Sanderson
    signed 2019-05-23 12:51:55 +1000
    We must phase out coal mining , and gas drilling/fracking too – eg there has been a volcanic eruption in Groningen as gas drilling around there has lead to subterranean disturbance. Invest in new era jobs, not fossil fuel irresponsibility.
  • Ben Stafford
    signed 2019-05-23 12:51:45 +1000
  • Don Stokes
    signed 2019-05-23 12:48:09 +1000
  • Diana Saad
    signed 2019-05-23 12:46:04 +1000
  • Stella Files
    signed 2019-05-23 12:45:30 +1000