Climate Emergency Petition

Climate Emergency Declaration Petition

Mobilising public and private resources to restore a safe climate for the common good

In February 2016, global temperatures spiked to well over 1.5°C above pre-industrial times, just weeks after the Paris Climate Agreement set an aim of not exceeding that benchmark. (Climate Reality Check)

Ask the Australian Parliament to declare a climate emergency and mobilise resources to restore a safe climate

Australians are great at pitching in to help and mobilising resources in an emergency. Remember the Queensland floods of 2011? Three-quarters of the council areas within the state of Queensland were declared disaster zones. Government funds were made available and a large workforce was mobilised to deal with the emergency.

Volunteers were quick to offer assistance. More than 55,000 volunteers registered to help clean up the streets of Brisbane, with thousands more simply pitching in to help in all affected areas. All over Australia kind-hearted individuals and community groups took the initiative to send supplies and raise emergency funds.

Declaring an emergency is a significant step. It mobilises government and community resources and funds that are not normally available and inspires the public to act for the common good.

To Members of the House of Representatives and Senators,

We call on the Australian Parliament to declare a climate emergency and to mobilise resources to restore a safe climate.

1. In February 2016, global temperatures spiked to well over 1.5°C above pre-industrial times, just weeks after the Paris Climate Agreement set an aim of not exceeding that benchmark. Climate scientists say that we are facing a climate emergency, and that the future of ecosystems and human civilisation now hang in the balance. Our Great Barrier Reef is dying as the oceans heat up and recent fires in Tasmania burned ancient world-heritage forests.

2. Declaring a climate emergency is a vital step in building support for the very large changes required to restore a safe, cooler climate.

3. A society-wide mobilisation of resources is required at a scale and speed not seen since the Second World War. Carbon emissions must be reduced to zero within a few years, not several decades, and we must draw down all the excess carbon dioxide already in the atmosphere using measures that include mass tree planting. We must rapidly transition from fossil fuels to 100% renewable energy, replacing fossil fuel jobs with jobs in renewable energy and energy efficiency.

The climate restoration is an enormous task, but given the risks to ourselves and future generations we must rise to the challenge.

» For more information about climate emergency goals, see the report Striking Targets

When you sign, you can also report what you do to reduce emissions

Government-led resource mobilisation is only half of the solution. The other half is what you and I do. During the Queensland floods, Aussies were taking neighbours and strangers to safety, sharing resources, and doing whatever was needed right from the start of the emergency simply because they could.

Individuals and community groups are already taking initiative and using their own resources to restore a safe climate. Tell Parliament and everyone else what YOU are already doing to show how we are mobilising together for the common good.

Use the form below to sign the petition.
If you wish, you can also add your climate actions.
We’ll add the data from the climate action counters when we submit the petition because we believe it is a powerful way of showing that the public is already mobilising itself.

Eight examples of actions for reducing carbon emissions

Minimise transport emissions
For example, walk, ride, take public transport, use an electric vehicle, avoid air travel. Instead, use video conferencing, skype for business, etc, whenever possible.

Move your money out of fossil fuels
For banks see, for superannuation see

Put your money into renewable energy
Invest in renewable energy, or donate to community solar projects (see and

Power your house with clean energy
Install solar if you can, or buy renewables-friendly electricity. Disconnect from gas. (See

Make your house energy efficient

Eat less meat
For example, meat-free days, vegetarian, vegan

Be a conscious consumer
For example, buy only what you need, and buy things that last. Recycle. Upcycle.

Plant trees
For drawing down excess carbon in the atmosphere. For example Earth Day, Trees for Life


See the public figures supporting the call for a Climate Emergency Declaration here.

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Help build support for a climate emergency declaration!

• Share the petition on social media
• Include a link to the petition in e-news to members of your group
• Embed the petition on your group’s website
• Get out into the community to seek support for the climate emergency declaration
• Build support within the political party that you favour most
• Lobby politicians/councillors to support the making of a climate emergency declaration

We welcome support from all political parties. An effective emergency response needs support across the political spectrum.

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Note: The Climate Emergency Declaration and mobilisation campaign is a top-level ask. Winning this would achieve the asks of many of the current single-issue climate-related campaigns, for example:

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This petition is also embedded at
for teens to sign
A petition-only version is at

A new 3-level of government Climate Emergency Declaration petition is at Please sign this new petition to add your voice to the signature count for state/territory governments and local councils even if you have already signed the national petition above!

If you would like to embed or co-publish this petition page on your website, or if you’d like to know more about the petitionSTORM, please see:
What is a Climate Emergency PetitionSTORM?

The groups supporting the Climate Emergency Declaration campaign include:
350 Eurobodalla
350 Melbourne
Act on Climate
Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC)
Baby Boomers for Climate Change Action
Ballarat Climate Action
Bayside Climate Change Action Group
Beyond Zero Emissions
CANWin: Climate Action Now Wingecarribee
Centre for Climate Safety
Climate Action Canberra
Climate Action Hobart
Climate Action Monaro
Climate Action Moreland
Climate Change Australia (Hastings branch)
Climate Change Balmain-Rozelle
Coffs Coast Climate Action Group
Conservation Council SA
COREM (Mullumbimby)
CORENA (Citizens Own Renewable Energy Network Australia)
Dandenong Ranges Renewable Energy Association
Darebin Climate Action Now
Eastern Climate Action Melbourne
Environment Centre NT
Future Environment Defenders (FED Up)
Geelong Sustainability
Groundswell Bass Coast
Healthy Futures
Journeys for Climate Justice
Lake Wollumboola Protection Association Inc
Lighter Footprints
LIVE (Locals Into Victoria’s Environment)
Long Future Foundation
Market Forces
Nature Conservation Council of NSW
Parramatta Climate Action Network (ParraCAN)
Psychology for a Safe Climate
RSTI (Research and Strategy for Transition Initiation)
Save the Planet
Shoalhaven Transition Inc
St Andrews Uniting Church Fairfield
Stonnington Climate Action Network
Surf Coast Air Action
Sustainable Engineering Society
Transition Byron Shire
Transition East Geelong
WATCH: Wodonga Albury Towards Climate Health
Western Region Environment Centre
Yarra Climate Action Now
Zero Emissions Byron