UN Climate Action Summit 23 September - Join our Campaign
As the climate crisis has worsened, the Secretary General of the UN, Antonio Guterres, has called an emergency Climate Action Summit in New York City on 23rd September.
He's called on every country to bring stronger commitments to the summit including to stop burning and mining coal by 2020, to increase renewable energy usage and contribute funds to help poorer nations transition and cope with climate impacts.
The global Strike for Climate Action on 20th September is timed to bring attention to the summit.
However we need to act sooner than that to make sure Australia goes to the summit with emergency action!
Already our PM, Scott Morrison, has said that he's not even going to attend the summit - even though he will be in New York at the time for the UN Leaders' Summit!
He's taken a leaf out of Donald Trump's book by deliberately snubbing the climate summit and is leaving it to the Energy Minister, Angus Taylor and Environment Minister, Sussan Ley to attend the Climate Summit.
While the UN wants all countries to bring stronger targets to cut their emissions, Australia is trying to weaken our Paris target of 26-28% by 2030 (on 2005 levels) by claiming "carryover credits" from the Kyoto Protocol. Doing this effectively halves our target to around 13%.
And, while most countries of the world have got their emissions trending downwards, Australia's continue to rise.
We need to let the Federal government know that THIS IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH!
ACTION OF THE WEEK - WRITE TO PM SCOTT MORRISON
We'd love you to write a letter to Prime Minister, Scott Morrison urging him to commit to emergency action on 23 September.
Here's what to do:
Step 1 - Write your letter along with a photo or drawing from your child
Include the following demands in your letter:
- That Scott Morrison attends the Climate Summit in person himself.
- That he take an emergency-scale target: to cut Australia's emissions to net zero by 2030.
- That he commit to ending coal mining in Australia by 2020, phase out all fossil fuels and implement 100% renewable energy by 2030.
As we always recommend, in order for politicians and their staff to see your letter and notice it, you need to do the following:
- Write your letter on paper (or print it out)
- Include a photo of your child or a drawing done by them - so it stands out.
- Ask for a reply to a question in your letter so that it has to go through the response process.
Making this extra effort will mean that your letter actually gets seen and read by staff and gets a reply.
Step 2 - Go to your MP's office and ask them to take it to Scott Morrison
You can post your letter to Scott Morrison's office, but it is very powerful to go and see your local MP and ask them to take it to Scott Morrison.
Your local MP's job is to represent their constituents on a range of issues, so you can always ask them to send your concerns to a Minister or to the PM so that it gets greater attention.
(You might even like to do a #FridaysforFuture sit-in outside your MP's office while you are there!)
If you just want to post it to the Prime Minister here is the address:
Prime Minister Scott Morrison MP
PO Box 6022
House of Representatives
Canberra ACT 2600
We will also be asking you to phone Scott Morrison's office on this issue on certain days, so stay tuned for that!
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