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Add your name to our climate emergency declaration petition to Surf Coast Shire 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.


4 Replies to “Sign petition”

  1. In the last 6 months, we have received reports from reputable groups in:
    – Biodiversity
    – The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
    – Health
    – Economics
    – Agriculture
    – Justice
    and others saying that if we want our earth to be habitable, we must take action right now to stop emitting carbon into our atmosphere and start drawing it down.
    To achieve that we need to acknowledge that we do face a climate emergency.
    If this is accompanied by a well defined set of actions & acknowledgement that we have all that we need to face up to this emergency, people won’t be paralysed by fear.
    It’s council’s opportunity to show true leadership on climate to its constituents and honours its duty of care.
    It will be joining a world wide movement of local government authorities which currently consists of in excess of 550 that represent more than 65 million people.

  2. This is a no brainer. Please just get on and do it. We live on the coast and it is going to rip right through all these low lying areas. I cant afford to move. Can you? Will we get insurance? I doubt it.

    Besides this small detail on our doorstep, what is to become of our children and grandchildren?

    The federal politicians do nothing, but we can do everything to change the local situation and maybe, just maybe, they will see that they too must change.

  3. Please take this petition seriously. We live in one of the most scenic and natural spots in Australia and need to repair and preserve. Declaring a Climate Emergency will enable the council to move forward with purpose and demonstrate to our community and the thousands of visitors that we will not do anything to jeopardise our space, and that it deserves to be taken care of seriously.

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