Declare a National and International Climate Emergency and Stop the Fires in the Amazon

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Like many Australians I am watching in fear and horror as we see footage of the Amazon burning. I genuinely fear for the planet and the devastation our children will inherit.  I would like to call on the Parliament of Australia to reach a bipartisan agreement to. 

1.) declare a  climate emergency   

2.) declare the amazon fires an international emergency

3.) undertake diplomatic solutions with the President of Brazil and build an international coalition to find an immediate solution to the fires burning in Brazil

4.) send emergency assistance from Australia to assist Brazil.

The Amazon is important because:

The largest rainforest in the world, the Amazon is a vital carbon store that slows down the pace of global warming.

It is known as the "lungs of the world" and is home to about three million species of plants and animals, and one million indigenous people.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres tweeted on Thursday: "In the midst of the global climate crisis, we cannot afford more damage to a major source of oxygen and biodiversity. The Amazon must be protected."

Considering our current Government's recent performance in the Pacific any attempts at diplomatic solutions will not be taken seriously until the Australian Government:

1.) Get's their head out of the sand.

2.) Declares a climate emergency including at home

3.) Takes immediate action to decarbonise the Australian fuel industry. 

I call upon The Prime Minister of Australia, Scott Morrison, The Leader of the Australian Greens, Senator Richard Di Natale, and The Leader of the Opposition, and Member of Parliament for Grayndler, Anthony Albanese, to immediately find a bipartisan solution to respond to the international emergency unfolding in the Amazon.