At the Paris Climate talks, scientists and people from low-lying island states set 1.5 degrees Celsius of warming as a red line that must not be crossed, but in February 2016, the global temperature spiked past 1.6 degrees Celsius. The Great Barrier Reef has bleached and large sections are dying. Nothing but emergency action can preserve a liveable planet.
Call on the Australian Parliament to declare a climate emergency and initiate a massive society-wide climate action mobilisation.
Dear Australian Parliament,
We call on you to declare a climate emergency and to make action on global warming our nation's highest priority, here and internationally.
Climate scientists say that we face a climate emergency, and that our actions so far have come nowhere near what is required. We have just experienced the hottest year on record. In February 2016, there was an alarming global temperature spike of more than 1.5°C of warming, just months after the Paris Climate talks set an aim of not exceeding that benchmark. The Great Barrier Reef is dying as the oceans heat up, and recent fires burned ancient world-heritage Tasmanian forests. The future of ecosystems, and of human civilisation, now hang in the balance.
We call on Parliament to initiate a society-wide mobilisation of a speed and scale not seen since World War II. We must work with other nations to devote all the resources necessary to preserve a livable planet and protect the vulnerable from the dangerous climate impacts already locked in.
Carbon emissions must be reduced to zero within a few years, not several decades, and we must safely draw down the excess carbon dioxide already in the atmosphere. We must rapidly transition from coal, gas and oil to 100% renewable energy, replacing fossil fuel jobs with jobs in renewable energy and energy efficiency.
This petition is a first step in a growing campaign by grassroots climate action groups to pressure our political leaders to step up and do what is needed to address the climate crisis. Find out more about the campaign at http://climateemerencydeclaration.org.