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

Ron Hastie
Kthryn Hogan
Sarah Bradley
Brian Snowwden
Kate Gerard
Lennert Veerman
Jack Wilson-Heise
Dennis wild
Debra Rowe
Erica McIntyre
Trevor Robertson
nick gartrell
David Arthur
louise doran
Colin James
Peter Sainsbury
Allan Kauter
David Ma
Cheryl Cooper
Murray Franconi
Catherine Franconi
Danielle Schutte
Ben Munro
Warren Birkinshaw
James Graham
Donald Duck
Jo Cochrane
Jocelyn Chan
Chris Chappell
Megan Passey
5,321 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Ron Hastie
    signed 2019-08-18 08:25:06 +1000
  • Kthryn Hogan
    signed 2019-08-11 08:50:36 +1000
  • Sarah Bradley
    signed 2019-08-05 14:41:45 +1000
  • Brian Snowwden
    signed 2019-08-04 10:41:28 +1000
    Fail to act at your own peril Federal Ministers, and that of everyone else.
  • Kate Gerard
    signed 2019-07-31 13:26:29 +1000
  • Lennert Veerman
    signed 2019-07-25 21:56:27 +1000
  • Jack Wilson-Heise
    signed 2019-07-24 21:39:54 +1000
  • Dennis wild
    signed 2019-07-24 16:20:50 +1000
  • Debra Rowe
    signed 2019-07-20 14:59:52 +1000
  • Erica McIntyre
    signed 2019-07-18 17:05:05 +1000
  • Trevor Robertson
    signed 2019-07-18 10:54:01 +1000
  • nick gartrell
    signed 2019-07-17 13:43:51 +1000
  • David Arthur
    signed 2019-07-14 15:21:56 +1000
    Australia is among the nations that will suffer the worst impacts of climate change, whereas Russia is the single largest beneficiary of warming (

    In whose interests are those who obstruct climate action in Parliament really acting?
  • louise doran
    signed 2019-07-13 15:17:42 +1000
    I despair at the mess we’re creating for our children and their children. How the climate deniers ever got re-elected is beyond me.
  • Colin James
    signed 2019-07-13 11:19:11 +1000
  • Peter Sainsbury
    signed 2019-07-13 07:55:16 +1000
    Peter Sainsbury
  • David Ma
    signed 2019-07-09 08:36:47 +1000
  • Cheryl Cooper
    signed 2019-07-09 06:35:42 +1000
    For our grandchildren.
  • Catherine Franconi
    signed 2019-07-06 21:58:11 +1000
  • Danielle Schutte
    signed 2019-07-05 17:48:54 +1000
  • Ben Munro
    signed 2019-07-04 17:54:12 +1000
    Australia is currently ranked 5th in the world as a total emitter of carbon dioxide when Scope 3 emissions are included in our national inventory. Australia is ranked 1st in the world on a per capita basis for carbon dioxide emission. Australia’s current emission reduction targets (i.e. 25% below 2005 levels by 2030) and indeed even the methods to be employed to calculate our national carbon emission inventory for 2030 (i.e. by inlcuding former Kyoto credits) have been disputed and are in no way commensurate with our stated contributions to global greenhouse gas emissions. They are also 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.

    Based on the undisputed and well reported science of anthropogenic climate change and our national inventory breakdown, the Australian Federal Government has a clear duty of care both domestically and internationally to pursue an ambitious, bipartisan, and preferably legislated approach to integrate climate change mitigation, adaptation and renewable energy policy in Australia.

    Global carbon emissions and average global temperature continue to rise in 2019 and instead of increasing our ambition to reduce emissions, Australia has opted to pursue political expediency and short term economic gain through continued exploitation of remaining national coal reserves rather than planning a staged phase out of coal mining and coal powered energy generation. Without an energy policy, the Federal Government has not adequately defined the direction of alternate renewable energy (RE) investment which has disrupted multiple RE infrastructure projects, de-incentivised RE investment markets and denied Australians access to immediate lower power prices and additional economic co-benefits stemming from an expedited national smart grid powered by Distrbuted Energy Resources (DERs) and firming generation (pumped hydro, natural gas and hydrogen) and/or other emerging zero emission technologies.

    Given the poor outlook for coal markets globally coupled with the escalating climate crisis, our Federal and State Governments now have a responsibility to move quickly to design and deliver a well planned and just transition for emission intensive trade exposed local communities and businesses before 2030.

    Current economic and environmental advice with respect to decreasing food security and increasing species extinction indicates that it is imperative that Australia moves to strengthen its water conservation, environmental and biodiversity protection laws not weaken them, while implementing integrated mitigation and adaptation policy programs through public private partnerships and stimulating investment in low carbon export markets.

    Australia has a well substantiated opportunity to stimulate, transition and climate proof its economy at the same time. This approah will enable a broad range of economic, social and environmental benefits to flow while demonstrating to an increasingly climate anxious electorate that a defensible case has been made to maintain inter-generational equity and contribute to reducing the global carbon inventory in accordance with the best advice available.

    As a first order priority, Australia’s 2030 emission reduction targets should be revised at COP25 in 2019 and reset in accordance with the targets supported by the science of the IPCC 1.5 degree report and UNFCCC guidance.
  • James Graham
    signed 2019-07-04 00:04:51 +1000
    James Graham
  • Jo Cochrane
    signed 2019-07-01 16:54:09 +1000
  • Jocelyn Chan
    signed 2019-06-28 12:32:41 +1000
  • Chris Chappell
    signed 2019-06-28 08:28:27 +1000
  • Megan Passey
    signed 2019-06-27 17:22:22 +1000