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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  • Sally Claydon
    signed 2020-01-29 14:35:50 +1100
  • Joanne Wheaton
    signed 2020-01-29 13:07:55 +1100
    They have to pay.
  • Neal Bridgeman
    signed 2020-01-29 06:33:18 +1100
    Neal Bridgeman
  • brett mashado
    signed 2020-01-29 01:41:14 +1100
  • David Smith
    signed 2020-01-28 12:57:33 +1100
  • Tristyn Harrison
    signed 2020-01-28 09:30:53 +1100
  • Fiona Howie
    signed 2020-01-27 15:14:59 +1100
  • Susie Hearder
    signed 2020-01-27 13:47:52 +1100
  • Helen Jeong
    signed 2020-01-27 09:26:23 +1100
  • Owen Cronau
    signed 2020-01-26 13:55:27 +1100
    Owen Cronau
  • Neralee Houston
    signed 2020-01-26 10:08:44 +1100
  • Eric Smith
    signed 2020-01-25 09:23:16 +1100
  • Doug Hewitt
    signed 2020-01-24 22:19:34 +1100
  • Pam Henson
    signed 2020-01-24 18:21:04 +1100
  • Elizabeth Stone
    signed 2020-01-24 11:51:24 +1100
  • Julia Surgeon
    signed 2020-01-23 20:47:06 +1100
  • Lynette Newman
    signed 2020-01-23 18:37:08 +1100
    Make polluters pay!
  • Liam Payne
    signed 2020-01-23 18:16:10 +1100
  • Gail Bryson
    signed 2020-01-23 09:33:25 +1100
  • Cameron Rogers
    signed 2020-01-23 01:03:32 +1100
  • Daniel Simmons
    signed 2020-01-22 20:48:43 +1100
  • Denise Gibbons
    signed 2020-01-22 15:54:42 +1100
  • Jonathan Teh
    signed 2020-01-22 08:59:33 +1100
  • Norman McNeilly
    signed 2020-01-22 08:28:23 +1100
    Norman Raymond McNeilly
  • Victoria Clutterbuck
    signed 2020-01-22 07:55:11 +1100