Petition update

Tues 5 May, the meeting Glen Eira Councillors to discuss Climate Emergency!

Belinda Haydon
Carnegie, Australia

May 3, 2020 — 

Hello,

Thanks to everyone who has contacted the Glen Eira Councillors urging them to declare a climate emergency! 

Council meets on Tuesday 5 May 2020 to discuss the topic of declaring a climate emergency. 
There has been a change to legislation that now allows Councils to hold meetings online, so the discussion that Glen Eira Councillors were due to have on 28 April about declaring a climate emergency has been moved to Tuesday 5 May 2020. 

We understand that with the impacts of COVID-19 not everyone has the space to take action at the moment. But if you have a few minutes to invest, please send an email, make a call, or both!

We still have a few days left!  If you haven't already, please call and email our Councillors to make sure they know how important declaring a climate emergency is to you. If you would like an easy way to send an email to all nine Councillors, please click here to open a page where you can open a new email addressed to them with a brief message indicating your support for a climate emergency declaration. Feel free to make any changes you like, and please remember to insert your name and address where indicated. 

If you would prefer to contact them individually, their contact details are provided below. Here are a few tips for your calls and emails: let the Councillors know that you think making a Climate and Ecological Emergency declaration IS important and WHY it is important to YOU. You might also like to suggest some ways to reduce emissions. It doesn't have to be a long message, a few sentences will do just fine. But if you're inspired to write at length, please do.  While you're at it, please send this email your friends, family and neighbours who live in Glen Eira.

Things you might want to include in your message:

  • It is important for the Council to declare a Climate Emergency.
  • Incremental action will not be rapid enough to enact the change required to avert the worst of the consequences.
  • Our science says that a business as usual approach is leading us towards catastrophic consequences.
  • Why the Council declaring a Climate Emergency is important to YOU - you might want to write about your concerns for your future or generations to come, wildlife, oceans, health impacts of climate change, extreme heat and weather events, the economy, your favourite seaside holiday location, people who are indigenous, refugees or whose homes are being lost to rising sea levels.
  • That it is important for all levels of Government to declare a climate emergency.
  • The more local Councils that declare an emergency put pressure on state and federal governments to also declare.

We want to make sure that the Councillors receive lots of calls and emails so it is loud and clear that the Glen Eira community want a Climate Emergency Declaration. We want this outcome because at the meeting on 5 May, the council will also consider two alternative positions: 'Incremental Action on Climate, but without an Emergency Declaration' or 'Business As Usual'. Neither of those two positions adequately address our present and future climate emergency. 

If you are interested, you can attend the 5 May Council meeting online, using this link: http://webcast.gleneira.vic.gov.au. It starts at 7:30pm. See the Council website for more information.

Yours, in action for a safer climate, 
Belinda, Bruce, Ingrid, Mark, David, Mary, Rose, Sue, David, Sally, Jay, Felicity, Asher, David, Brett, Stuart, Graham, Paul, Adam and Rick,
on behalf of The Glen Eira Emergency Climate Action Network


Further Information
1.  Here again is the link for an easy way to send your email to all nine Councillors. Remember to add your name and address.

2. If you want to send messages to Councillors individually, here are their contact details ~ please CC petition@gecan.org.au on your messages 

Camden Ward

Rosstown Ward

Tucker Ward

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PS - Keep in touch! You can find out more about GECAN on our website, join us on Facebook, subscribe to our mailing list and email us at hello@gecan.org.au.


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