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

Jane Minor
Clive Curson
Kieran Lenihan
charles sublet
Fiona Johnston
Tim Channon
Tony Deguara
Gary Parker
Alice Kelly
Jon Gray
Julian Sharp
Michael van Ewijk
Ian Kershaw
Bryce New
Zinia King
Kim Loo
Juanita Hardy
Clive Crosby
Brock Bryce
Olive Bowers
Thomas Crawford
Valora Albertsen
John Rooney
Jennifer Banfield
Richard Hall
Nigel Carruth
Andrew Curthoys
Matt Deppeler
India Thomas
russell dunning
5,226 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Kieran Lenihan
    signed 2019-05-27 12:19:26 +1000
  • charles sublet
    signed 2019-05-27 10:58:59 +1000
    thanks for your good work
  • Julian Sharp
    signed 2019-05-26 20:52:33 +1000
  • Ian Kershaw
    signed 2019-05-26 20:05:31 +1000
  • Bryce New
    signed 2019-05-26 19:45:51 +1000
  • Kim Loo
    signed 2019-05-26 18:59:32 +1000
    Thank you Australia Institute
  • Juanita Hardy
    signed 2019-05-26 18:35:50 +1000
  • Clive Crosby
    signed 2019-05-26 18:04:49 +1000
    I’m 17 and therefore was unable to have a say on May 18th about which party would be making the decisions that will impact my future. I hope that the re-elected Morrison government will address the challenge of climate change properly and do what the science demands, rather than putting it in the “too hard” or “too expensive” basket. If they don’t do the right thing, then the next generation of politicians and those who follow will have to combat this issue later, at a much greater economic cost.
  • Brock Bryce
    signed 2019-05-26 17:31:58 +1000
    Brock Bryce
  • Thomas Crawford
    signed 2019-05-26 15:38:11 +1000
  • Valora Albertsen
    signed 2019-05-26 14:50:24 +1000
    The Commonwealth Government of Australia needs to engage and inspire all sectors of the Australian community with a shared agenda and narrative for reversing global warming. The Commonwealth Government of Australia needs to facilitate a cross-sector collaboration to unite the actions of researchers, activists, everyday citizens, business-leaders, policymakers and governments at all levels.


    The Commonwealth Government of Australia needs to begin with replicating and evolving the global Drawdown project in the Australian context. Collaborative projects of dozens of leading experts quantifying how an agenda of 100 substantive solutions can roll back Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions by 2040.
  • John Rooney
    signed 2019-05-26 14:40:18 +1000
  • Jennifer Banfield
    signed 2019-05-26 13:53:24 +1000
  • Richard Hall
    signed 2019-05-26 13:44:41 +1000
  • Nigel Carruth
    signed 2019-05-26 13:24:09 +1000
    Now is the time for urgent action to deal with the destabilizing impact human beings are having on the earths climatic system. We only have a short time left before we reach the moment of no return. We must not impose avoidable iintolerable costs on future generations.
  • Andrew Curthoys
    signed 2019-05-26 12:56:09 +1000
  • Matt Deppeler
    signed 2019-05-26 12:52:22 +1000
    Matt Deppeler
  • India Thomas
    signed 2019-05-26 09:48:16 +1000
  • russell dunning
    signed 2019-05-26 09:34:48 +1000