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

Amy Blackshaw
Kath Freihaut
Carolyn Howells
Lindsay Menelaws
Anthony Dunk
Amy White
Susan Nolan
James Skinner
Luisa Fearnside
John Bartholomew
Eve Battersby
Sophie Foyster
Marita Buxton
Robyn Groves
Cathy Picone
Ian Morland
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
5,239 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Amy Blackshaw
    signed 2019-05-28 20:40:05 +1000
  • Kath Freihaut
    signed 2019-05-28 19:04:52 +1000
  • Lindsay Menelaws
    signed 2019-05-28 17:48:19 +1000
  • Anthony Dunk
    signed 2019-05-28 14:48:36 +1000
  • Amy White
    signed 2019-05-28 11:49:55 +1000
  • James Skinner
    signed 2019-05-28 07:30:10 +1000
  • Luisa Fearnside
    signed 2019-05-28 06:56:36 +1000
    Luisa Fearnside
  • John Bartholomew
    signed 2019-05-28 02:28:41 +1000
    Home Affairs has rated climate change as Australia’s #5 national security threat, well above Islamist terrorism at #7. It’s high time therefore that the next Australian government reallocates the budget and political resources that have been spent on terrorism, which kills fewer Australians each year than household furniture, to combating climate change, which threatens every Australian with loss of livelihood, security, health, home, and life. Sir Nicholas Stern warned over a decade ago that climate change, if ignored, would cost the human race more than both world wars and the Great Depression combined. A carbon tax or a CPRS, and taking advantage of the renewable energy boom to end coal mining and re-employ those displaced in safer and better jobs is a small price to pay for enduring national security. Much smaller than the carnage that would inevitably attend a business-as-usual policy.
  • Eve Battersby
    signed 2019-05-27 22:04:08 +1000
  • Ian Morland
    signed 2019-05-27 15:43:48 +1000
  • 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