Surf Coast Shire Council: Declare a climate emergency
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In 1992 1,700 signatures were created by the Union of Concerned Scientists urging us to take action to avoid climate change. That window has closed and in 2017 another open letter was signed by 15,000 scientists from around the world warning us of the climate emergency.
Humanity faces the existential threat of runaway consumption of limited resources by a rapidly growing population, they warn. And "scientists, media influencers and lay citizens" aren't doing enough to fight against it, according to the letter.
That's why I am calling on the Surf Coast Shire to declare a climate emergency.
More than 60 per cent of Australians agree with the sentiment that "Global warming is a serious and pressing problem." Here in Australia, it was Darebin Council in Melbourne who became the first council in the world to recognise the climate emergency in December 2016.
We have been given 12 years to drastically reduce emissions, lest our world warm to the point where humans face an existential threat. We cannot wait until the next Federal election. We need all action at all levels of government.
I am calling on my local council to respect the will of the people and embrace climate action. We request that you declare a climate emergency. This would demonstrate a concrete commitment, a willingness to stand together and fight to prevent the largest threat of our times.
Please, sign and share this petition and send a strong message:
Save us from a climate crisis, before it’s too late. Declare a climate emergency, today.
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