Make fossil fuel producers pay climate disaster levy

Climate change is making natural disasters like fires, floods, heatwaves and drought more frequent and more extreme. 

The Australia Institute is proposing a National Climate Disaster Fund, funded by a levy of $1 per tonne of all coal gas and oil produced in Australia to help pay for some of the increasing costs of these climate disasters.

A $1 levy per tonne of carbon pollution on fossil fuel production in Australia would currently raise around $1.5 billion a year for the National Climate Disaster Fund.

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Natural disasters are estimated to currently cost Australians around $13 billion per year. These costs will rise dramatically as the frequency and intensity of fires, floods, drought and heatwaves increases as a result of climate change, unless emissions are cut.

Polling undertaken for The Australia Institute’s Climate of the Nation 2019 report found that 62% of Australians support the introduction of a fossil fuel levy to pay for the impacts of climate change, with only 21% opposed.

You can read more about The Australia Institute’s proposal for a National Climate Disaster Fund here, and find the full report here

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To the Parliament of Australia --

Climate change is making natural disasters like fires, floods, heatwaves and drought more frequent and more extreme. 

These disasters are already costing ordinary Australians billions of dollars every year.

Every tonne of coal and gas mined in Australia ends up as more greenhouse gas being pumped into the atmosphere, fuelling climate change and making these disasters worse.

These costs will keep increasing as climate change gets worse.

We urge you to establish a National Climate Disaster Fund, funded by a levy on each tonne of all coal, gas and oil produced in Australia.

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  • Glenda Prentice
    signed 2020-03-26 11:58:59 +1100
  • Patricia Delaney
    signed 2020-03-05 14:10:18 +1100
    This sounds like a just move…. We can’t let it all keep going as is…We need to be aiming for 0 emissions by 2030 not giving ourselves another 40years. NOW is the Operative moment. Even if we don’t quite make it we’ll be much closer than we would be if the aim wasn’t to be achieved till 2050!!! Plu Australians Australians love a challenge!!!
  • Alison Rixon
    signed 2020-02-27 13:37:00 +1100
  • Lauren Edwards
    signed 2020-02-27 09:55:03 +1100
  • Janet Hutchison
    signed 2020-02-27 08:21:44 +1100
  • Jeffery Kulen-Smith
    signed 2020-02-26 19:12:23 +1100
  • Evan Cole
    signed 2020-02-26 16:51:56 +1100
    Back date the start point for the levy to 25 years ago.
  • Trevor Hesse
    signed 2020-02-26 16:18:28 +1100
  • Amanda Fox
    signed 2020-02-26 13:06:13 +1100
  • Grant Schiller
    signed 2020-02-26 10:06:26 +1100
  • Nick Creed
    signed 2020-02-26 09:46:21 +1100
  • Anne Binns
    signed 2020-02-26 09:43:17 +1100
  • Louise Cook-Tonkin
    signed 2020-02-26 09:39:27 +1100
    Let them pay if they will not stop causing the problem. If they have to pay, they also will question continuing. Why should individual people affected be the only ones to pay the cost?
  • Mindy Leow
    signed 2020-02-25 09:55:53 +1100
    Mindy Leow
  • Judith Toller
    signed 2020-02-23 13:43:57 +1100
  • David Temesvary
    signed 2020-02-20 09:12:56 +1100
  • Andrew Lenart
    signed 2020-02-19 17:28:09 +1100
  • Rayna Hartig_Dunbar
    signed 2020-02-18 13:51:55 +1100
    Rayna Hartig_Dunbar
  • Debra Rowe
    signed 2020-02-15 21:34:08 +1100
    Debra Rowe
  • Richard Mattner
    signed 2020-02-15 09:08:03 +1100
    Should be $20
  • Jean Thomson
    signed 2020-02-11 18:03:59 +1100
  • Johanna McBride
    signed 2020-02-11 12:31:39 +1100
  • Phyllis Codd
    signed 2020-02-11 08:23:30 +1100
  • Lidija Juka
    signed 2020-02-09 13:32:58 +1100
  • Sandra Noble
    signed 2020-02-09 11:55:38 +1100
  • Geoff Hammond
    signed 2020-02-08 15:47:07 +1100
  • Ilsa Hansen
    signed 2020-02-07 10:58:03 +1100
    Hansen Ilsa