We're calling for faster and fairer climate action in Victoria!
UPDATE: In the lead up to the federal election, we're delivering our open letter to candidates to show them we want climate action! Join others from across the south-east to rally in a big week of action from May 1-7.
Victorians from regions right across the state are getting together to show how widespread the support for climate action is in the lead up to the federal election.
In the south east suburbs of Melbourne, community members are reaching out to local businesses, community groups, schools, sporting clubs and other groups – asking them to sign onto the open letter for faster and fairer Victorian climate action.
Fill in the form below to sign on and show your support.
To our federal MPs and prospective candidates,
The pandemic has taught us we can’t avoid big global threats. It has also taught us the value of expert advice and decisive leadership.
Our children will inherit the consequences of the decisions we make today – decisions about how we recover from the pandemic, and how we tackle the global threat of climate change.
Here in Melbourne’s south-east and surrounds we already face the reality of a changing climate. The destructive bushfires of the 2019/2020 summer were on our doorstep, droughts and storms have been hitting us harder, and sea level rise is projected to inundate our suburbs this century.
That’s why we need our leaders at all levels to step up and make deep and urgent cuts to the pollution that is overheating our planet.
The transition to a more sustainable society needs to be fast and fair, avoiding the worst climate damage and working with communities to adapt and thrive.
Victoria has set a great foundation. In just four years large-scale clean energy has created 3584 jobs and attracted $5 billion in investment. Now Victorian wind, solar and hydro is generating enough energy to power almost 3 million homes.
But we must act with even greater speed and urgency. The shift from dirty fuels to clean energy is the biggest economic change since the industrial revolution, and by embracing this change we will reap the benefits. This means:
Communities in the south-east and surrounds will thrive if our federal politicians champion:
Every Victorian community has a stake in moving our state beyond polluting fuels and protecting our natural world. We call on our federal political representatives and candidates to commit to the initiatives above, and to act urgently on climate change like our future depends on it.
Professor Alan Reid
Sarah Russell (Independent Candidate for Flinders)
Sultana Retail Group PTY LTD
Mohan Jit Sodhi
John de Figueiredo
Dr Sharif As-Saber
M. Elizabeth Bjerkhamn
Michelle De la Coeur
Susanna De Marchi
Johan de Bree