You can no longer add your name to our climate emergency declaration petition to Surf Coast Shire Councillors, as it will be printed and handed over to them on 23 July 2019.
Below are some of the messages and notes that people have written to the councillors.
Here is a similar petition to Geelong councillors.
To the Surf Coast Shire Council,
Given that climate impacts are already causing serious loss of life and destroying vital ecosystems, global average temperature, atmospheric greenhouse gases, and ocean acidity are already at dangerous levels, and wartime economic mobilisations have proven how quickly nations can restructure their economies when facing an extreme threat, it is inexcusable to continue with climate-damaging policies that put us all in even greater peril.
We ask of our councillors to implement a municipality-wide climate emergency response, which involves to…
• Publicly acknowledge the climate emergency
• Review the Council’s strategic plan
• Create a foundation for climate emergency action
• Implement a climate emergency plan
We’ve risen to big challenges in the past when an emergency has been declared, with citizens and all sides of politics rising to the occasion and working together for the common good. We have all the resources and ability to overcome the climate emergency, we are only lacking two things: political will and the number of people to change that political will.
We call on you to do what is necessary now.