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

Xanthe Sefton
Patti Nicholson
Margaret Ratcliffe
Brian Horne
Wendy Roberts
L. Elaine Miller
Valerie Lewis
Julie Pratt
janine Mosford
Nigel Denbigh
Ian Harris
Brigid Dowsett
Georgina Longhurst
Bethany Packer
Colin Reid
David Dawes
James Caldwell
Douglas Cora
Coleen MacKinnon
Christine Becroft
Allan Richardson
Sarah Metcalf
Silas Hanning
Mathew Pesen
Alice Johnson
Peta Thornton
Keith Antonysen
Marc Sweeney
Norah Frost
Sue Bettison
5,239 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Xanthe Sefton
    signed 2019-05-24 12:44:12 +1000
  • Brian Horne
    signed 2019-05-24 12:24:40 +1000
    Brian Horne
  • Wendy Roberts
    signed 2019-05-24 12:09:15 +1000
  • Julie Pratt
    signed 2019-05-24 11:22:08 +1000
    All life depends on our environment. Politicians must put the health of our planet above all else.
  • Nigel Denbigh
    signed 2019-05-24 11:11:09 +1000
  • Ian Harris
    signed 2019-05-24 10:43:41 +1000
    Please combat climate change and protect the natural environment for my grandchildren
  • Brigid Dowsett
    signed 2019-05-24 10:40:19 +1000
    Brigid Dowsett
  • Georgina Longhurst
    signed 2019-05-24 10:15:27 +1000
  • Colin Reid
    signed 2019-05-24 09:53:24 +1000
  • David Dawes
    signed 2019-05-24 09:42:28 +1000
  • Douglas Cora
    signed 2019-05-24 09:40:12 +1000
    Douglas Cora
  • Christine Becroft
    signed 2019-05-24 09:26:09 +1000
    Keep up the good work.
  • Allan Richardson
    signed 2019-05-24 09:17:01 +1000
  • Sarah Metcalf
    signed 2019-05-24 09:16:57 +1000
  • Silas Hanning
    signed 2019-05-24 09:12:57 +1000
  • Mathew Pesen
    signed 2019-05-24 09:12:09 +1000
  • Peta Thornton
    signed 2019-05-24 08:48:50 +1000
  • Keith Antonysen
    signed 2019-05-24 08:41:03 +1000
    Biodiversity is breaking down, oceans are warming, the variance in temperature between the troposphere and lower stratosphere is increasing, permafrost is thawing, glaciers are melting, water resources are dwindling eg Sahel area of Africa, the Solomon and Marshall Islands + are drowning; yet, the Australian approach to climate change is broadly a business as usual one.


    There are tipping points which could topple; scientists are concerned about the state of Antarctica and Arctic Ocean, and permafrost thawing is of huge concern. Once tipping points are passed economies are smashed.


    The IPCC says we have 12 years to act in a very focused manner, later science underpins what the IPCC has indicated. The risk factors increase with time, by 2030 they are reaching quite high levels, that is when it is expected that 1.5C over pre-industrial temperature will be reached. Scientists working for Exxon in the 1980s projected temperatures for current times which have been accurate.


    It is time for the Australian government to take real action.
  • Marc Sweeney
    signed 2019-05-24 08:37:01 +1000
  • Norah Frost
    signed 2019-05-24 07:53:09 +1000