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

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
Tom Seiler
W B Burris
Graham Lalchere
Matilda Smith
Ian Grosser
Jesper Hansen
Malcolm Johnston
Ted Benjamin
Peter Morris
Paul Hense
andrew Robert-tissot
Peter Enge
Gill Scott
Charlotte Hanson
Kathy Prokhovnik
Val Maslen
5,226 signatures

Will you sign?

  • 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
  • Tom Seiler
    signed 2019-05-24 06:24:10 +1000
    Tom Seiler
  • W B Burris
    signed 2019-05-24 06:03:13 +1000
  • Graham Lalchere
    signed 2019-05-24 05:06:44 +1000
  • Matilda Smith
    signed 2019-05-24 04:09:26 +1000
  • Ian Grosser
    signed 2019-05-24 03:23:26 +1000
  • Jesper Hansen
    signed 2019-05-24 02:34:33 +1000
  • Malcolm Johnston
    signed 2019-05-23 23:31:01 +1000
  • Ted Benjamin
    signed 2019-05-23 23:19:09 +1000
  • Peter Enge
    signed 2019-05-23 22:13:30 +1000
    Australian government inaction on climate change, particularly its facilitation of huge new fossil fuel projects, jeopardises the survival of humankind and our fellow species beyond the next 30 years.
  • Gill Scott
    signed 2019-05-23 22:13:27 +1000
  • Charlotte Hanson
    signed 2019-05-23 21:57:38 +1000
  • Kathy Prokhovnik
    signed 2019-05-23 21:45:55 +1000