Strategies in Action

Groups supporting a Climate Emergency Declaration

The 55 groups below supported one or other of the early petitions that helped launch the Climate Emergency Declaration campaign.

• 350 Eurobodalla – Facebook
• 350 Melbourne – Facebook
• Act on Climate – website
• Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC) – website
• Australian Vegetarian Society (NSW) – website
• Baby Boomers for Climate Change Action – website
• Ballarat Climate Action – Facebook
• Bayside Climate Change Action Group – website
• Beyond Zero Emissions – website
• CACE – Community Action for the Climate Emergency – website
• CANWin (Climate Action Now Wingecarribee) – website
• cedamia
• Centre for Climate Safety – website
• Climate Action Canberra – website
• Climate Action Hobart – website
• Climate Action Monaro – website
• Climate Action Moreland – website
• Climate Change Australia (Hastings branch) – website
• Climate Change Balmain-Rozelle – website
• Coffs Coast Climate Action Group – website
• Conservation Council SA – website


• COREM (Community-Owned Renewable Energy Mullumbimby) – website
• CORENA (Citizens Own Renewable Energy Network Australia) – website
• Dandenong Ranges Renewable Energy Association – website
• Darebin Climate Action Now – website
• Eastern Climate Action Melbourne – website
• Environment Centre NT – website
• Future Environment Defenders (FED Up) – website
• Geelong Sustainability – website
• Groundswell Bass Coast – website
• Healthy Futures – website
• HOPE (Householders’ Options to Protect the Environment Inc) – website
• Jesuit Social Services – website
• Journeys for Climate Justice – website
• Lake Wollumboola Protection Association Inc – website
• Lighter Footprints – website
• LIVE (Locals Into Victoria’s Environment) – website
• Long Future Foundation – website
• Market Forces – website
• Nature Conservation Council of NSW – website
• Parramatta Climate Action Network (ParraCAN) – website
• Psychology for a Safe Climate – website
• RSTI (Research and Strategy for Transition Initiation) – website
• Save the Planet – website
• Shoalhaven Transition Inc – Facebook
• St Andrews Uniting Church Fairfield – website
• Stonnington Climate Action Network – Facebook
• Surf Coast Air Action – website
• Sustainable Engineering Society (SENG) – website
• Transition Byron Shire – Facebook
• Transition East Geelong – Facebook
• WATCH (Wodonga Albury Towards Climate Health) – website
• Western Region Environment Centre – Facebook
• Yarra Climate Action Now – website
• Zero Emissions Byron – website

Interim petition handover, Feb 2017

This petition handover group photo in Canberra shows a wide range of interest in a Climate Emergency Declaration and Mobilisation. The Climate Emergency Declaration petition was delivered to Parliament on 27 February 2017, and the occasion brought together not just many sides of politics but also involved collabortion between the worlds of engineering and climate emergency declaration campaiging.

Holding the box of petitions are Adam Bandt MP (Greens) and Pat Conroy MP (ALP). Two along from Adam is John Hewson of Liberal party fame.

Between them is Adrian Piani, Chair of the Environmental College of Engineers Australia. Also present are former Coal Association chair Ian Dunlop, former head of Engineers Australia David Anthony Hood, Senator Janet Rice, Senator Lee Rhiannon, Gill King from Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC), Lyn from 350Eurobodalla, Steve Posselt and his wonderful Kayak4Earth support crew, Philip Sutton, co-author of Climate Code Red, and other local supporters of this campaign.

The hand-over marked the end of a two month journey for Steve Posselt from Ballina to Canberra in his kayak down the coast of New South Wales to gather support for the call for an emergency declaration. At the end of the trip the petition had gathered 18,101 signatures – with the petition still open for signing.
» Read more on Storify.

Eminent signatories

In an open letter organised by Jane Morton and David Spratt and published in The Age on 23 June 2016:

Philip Adams, broadcaster
Kirstie Albion, CEO, Australian Youth Climate Coalition
Paul Barratt, former head, Defence Dept
• Professor Judy Brett, historian
• Dr Stephen Bygrave, CEO, Beyond Zero Emissions
Geoff Cousins AM, President, Australian Conservation Foundation
Mary Crooks, CEO, The Victorian Women’s Trust
• Professor Peter Doherty, Nobel Laureate for Medicine
Ian Dunlop, former chair, Australian Coal Association


• Professor Tim Flannery, palaeontologist
John Hewson, businessman and former Opposition leader
• Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, marine scientist
• Professor David Karoly, atmospheric scientist
• Professor Carmen Lawrence, former Western Australia premier
• Dr Colin Long, Victorian Sec., National Tertiary Education Union
• Professor Robert Manne, political scientist
Bill McKibben, author and co-founder,
Christine Milne, Global Greens Ambassador
Paul Oosting, CEO, GetUp
David Ritter, CEO, Greenpeace Australia
• Professor Peter Singer, moral philosopher
• Professor Fiona Stanley, epidemiologist
• Dr John (Charlie) Veron, pioneer coral researcher
Mark Wakeham, CEO, Environment Victoria

Text of the Open letter in The Age on 23 June 2016

At the Paris climate talks, scientists and people from low-lying island states set 1.5°C of warming as a red line that must not be crossed.
However, earlier this year, the global average temperature spiked past 1.6°C of warming.
The bleaching of coral reefs around the world, increasing extreme weather events, the melting of large ice sheets and recent venting of methane from thawing permafrost make it abundantly clear that the earth is already too hot.
The future of human civilisation, and the survival of the precious ecosystems on which we depend, now hang in the balance.
There must be an immediate ban on new coal and gas developments and an emergency-speed transition to zero emissions.
We must begin the enormous task of safely drawing down the excess greenhouse gases already in the atmosphere.
We call on the new parliament to declare a climate emergency.

Support from politicians

  • Federal politicians – see here
  • State/Territory politicians – see here

Support from individuals

Share the endorsement-quotes below on Facebook and Twitter to help build momentum. Invite other eminent people to endorse a Climate Emergency Declaration too.

Thanks to Mik Aidt for the graphic design in these endorsement images, and in the group and business endorsement images below.


Support from groups


Psychology for a Safe Climate

Support from businesses