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Campaign background 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, theres never a clear signal that its time to jump time to step up to stronger action. Climate scientists have been warning us for decades that we face a climate emergency, and that we are close to catastrophic tipping points like the release of methane from the melting Arctic permafrost. Our action to date has come nowhere near what is required to meet the challenge. The future of ecosystems and indeed, human civilisation, now hang in the balance. This website is part of 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. Our goal is for governments to declare a climate emergency and mobilise societywide resources at sufficient scale and speed to protect civilisation, the economy, people, species, and ecosystems. We are using the alarming spike in global temperatures during February 2016 and the tragic bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef as the impetus to insist our leaders stop playing political games on climate and stand together to draw a line in the sand. Its now or never. We are calling on Australian Councils, state governments and the Australian Parliament to declare a climate emergency and to mobilise resources accordingly. Declaring a climate emergency is the first step in mobilising government and community resources and funds that are not normally available. Declaring an emergency inspires the public to act for the common good. In the Queensland floods of 2011, threequarters 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 kindhearted individuals and community groups sent supplies and raised emergency funds. The extreme weather, increasing food and water shortages, and the death of large areas of the Reef, show us that the earth is already too hot. What is needed is a societywide mobilisation of a scale and speed never before seen in peace time. We must reach zero emissions as fast as humanly possible and rapidly scale up efforts to draw down the excess greenhouse gases already in the atmosphere. This was the climate emergency declaration petition text we wrote in 2016 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 climatedamaging policies that put us all in even greater peril. The Paris Agreements 1.5C goal is not a safe goal. We call on all Australian federal, state, and territory parliaments and all local councils to declare a climate emergency commit to providing maximum protection for all people, economies, species, ecosystems, and civilisations, and to fully restoring a safe climate mobilise the required resources and take effective action at the necessary scale and speed transform the economy to zero emissions and make a fair contribution to drawing down the excess carbon dioxide in the air, and encourage all other governments around the world to take these same actions. Weve 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 call on the Australian government to do what is necessary now.

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