Posts tagged ‘Climate Emergency’
Our Federal MP for Wills, Peter Khalil, sent us this photo of his endorsement of the climate emergency declaration. Great to see our Federal MP stepping up on the climate issue.
This follows Former Wills MP Kelvin Thomson and Batman MP David Feeney signing two days ago. We met with Peter Khalil in early December and had an hour long discussion on the climate issue.
Climate Emergency 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 resolution aimed at not exceeding that benchmark. (See: Climate Reality Check)
Ask Australian parliaments and local councils to
declare a climate emergency and mobilise resources
to restore a safe climate
“All of us are fully aware how wrong it is to falsely yell ‘Fire!’ in a crowded theatre. But we are also aware of how wrong it is to sit silently while a fire begins to spread…” Richard Alley, Professor of Geosciences at Pennsylvania State University
Humans are like frogs in a saucepan of water being gradually heated to boiling. Each month brings us more frightening news on the effects of global warming, but because the changes are gradual, there’s never a clear signal that it’s time to step up to stronger action.
Let’s use the alarming spike in global temperatures during February 2016 and the bleaching of the Reef as the impetus to insist our leaders stop playing political games on climate and stand together to draw a line in the sand. Australian Parliament must declare a climate emergency. It’s the first step in mobilising government and community resources and funds that are not normally available. Declaring a state of emergency inspires the public to act for the common good.
Australians are great at pitching in to help in an emergency. In the Queensland floods of 2011, three-quarters of the council areas were declared disaster zones. Government funds were made available and a large workforce was mobilised to deal with the emergency. More than 55,000 volunteers registered to help clean up the streets of Brisbane. All over Australia kind-hearted individuals and community groups sent supplies and raised emergency funds.
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. It is part of a PetitionStorm and the total includes signatures on other forms of the petition. Read more at http://www.climatesafety.net
Scientists say they are shocked and stunned by the “unprecedented” NASA temperature figures for February 2016, which are 1.65°C higher than the beginning of the twentieth century and around 1.9°C warmer than the pre-industrial level.
Stefan Rahmstorf of Germany’s Potsdam Institute of Climate Impact Research says we are now “in a kind of climate emergency”. Read his latest article at The Conversation: February’s global temperature spike is a wake-up call.
Like the dramatic and unexpected “big melt” in the Arctic in 2007, we are now in another moment of terrifying climate reality, for Nature cannot be fooled. The recent data suggests it has taken just three months for the Paris climate accord — with its escalating emissions to 2030 — to become a relic, completely disconnected to the task the world now faces.
So what is the reality after Paris?
David Spratt, a member of Climate Action Moreland, has just published this new discusion paper.
Climate Reality Check – After Paris, counting the Cost.
Download the report at Breakthrough
Climate Action Moreland were super active in the lead up to the Climate Emergency Rally on June 13. It was a successful event. 5 000 people rallied in Melbourne, and there were protests in all other major other capital cities.
Climate Action Moreland invites you to join journalist and researcher Nic MacLellan in a discussion on the climate emergency in the Pacific.