It's time to declare a climate emergency

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


Who's signing

Margaret Ryan
Chiara Caprasi
Vicky Ellmore
Ilan Abrahams
Fiona Meighan
Richard Parncutt
Erin Alice Visser
Cathy & Kevin Audley
Eliza Smith
Meni Malkos
Karen Large
Jane Morton
Madeline Leman
Edward Jacobs
Eugenie Brain
Zoe Fox
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  • Margaret Ryan
    signed 2020-10-16 18:58:32 +1100
  • Chiara Caprasi
    signed 2020-10-08 14:11:17 +1100
  • Vicky Ellmore
    signed 2020-03-01 09:04:47 +1100
  • Ilan Abrahams
    signed 2020-02-13 21:23:21 +1100
  • Fiona Meighan
    signed 2019-10-28 14:52:52 +1100
  • Richard Parncutt
    signed 2019-07-31 17:49:35 +1000
  • Erin Alice Visser
    signed 2019-05-13 14:21:01 +1000
  • Cathy & Kevin Audley
    signed 2017-10-30 14:54:01 +1100
  • Eliza Smith
    signed 2017-09-13 15:20:44 +1000
  • Meni Malkos
    signed 2017-07-25 22:41:13 +1000
  • Karen Large
    signed 2017-04-10 11:16:13 +1000
  • Jane Morton
    signed 2017-03-25 14:13:00 +1100
  • Jane Morton
    followed this page 2017-03-25 14:12:23 +1100
  • Madeline Leman
    signed via 2017-01-13 16:27:34 +1100
  • Edward Jacobs
    signed via 2017-01-13 16:24:44 +1100
  • Eugenie Brain
    signed via 2017-01-13 14:06:40 +1100
  • Zoe Fox
    signed via 2017-01-13 13:47:03 +1100
  • Leah Senior
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