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To: Melbourne Council

Be Vocal. Act Local. Declare a Climate Emergency

We ask the City of Melbourne to address the climate crisis by:

1. Declaring a state of climate emergency.

2. Commit to climate policy and strategic advocacy to governments at all levels in Australia and internationally.

3. Enable and promote community and business mobilisation, engagement and education.

4. Commit to a target of net zero carbon emissions for the community by 2030.

Why is this important?

The world is facing climate chaos and ecological breakdown caused by human activity. Catastrophic climate events are occurring faster than predicted and unless drastic measures are taken to curb CO2 emissions, we are putting the planet and our lives at greater risk. Melbourne is known all over the world as being ‘the most liveable city’, however by not yet declaring a ‘Climate Emergency’ we have failed to step up and become leaders in this global movement.

Globally, over 700 cities/councils and 16 countries have already declared climate emergencies, including the UK, Paris, Sydney, Hobart and a number of local Victorian councils such as Darebin and Yarra. This represents 158 million people globally.

By declaring an emergency they are making an important statement and vital contribution to addressing the climate crisis. Bold climate action has the potential to create new industries and deliver green jobs with economic benefits to the community. There is an opportunity to improve the lives of people living all over Melbourne and to move with the growing trend of a worldwide green revolution.

Leading scientists have warned that we have less than 12 years to take direct action on climate change or we face existential threats to our way of life. The climate emergency is happening right now and it is impacting people’s lives - devastating droughts, floods, bushfires all over the country, hazardous air pollution, and the great barrier reef on life support.

People need to know this is a life-threatening emergency and leaders must step up to inform the public about what we will face if we don’t turn things around. Business as usual is not an option. We need concrete plans for our cities and communities to transition away from fossil fuels towards renewables and a big shift in the way we go about our lives.

By declaring a climate emergency, the Melbourne city council will demonstrate to the State and the Federal Government that urgent action is needed to restore a safe and healthy planet for ourselves and generations to come.

How it will be delivered

Deliver in person (meeting arranged late July)

Melbourne VIC, Australia

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2019-08-23 20:43:43 +1000

50 signatures reached

2019-07-16 21:02:19 +1000

25 signatures reached

2019-07-15 22:17:14 +1000

10 signatures reached