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Campaign for the Climate Change Bill 2020

The campaign for a national Climate Change Bill has begun!

Independent MP, Zali Steggall, has launched the Climate Act Now web site to generate support for the Climate Change Bill 2020. She will introduce the Bill to parliament on 23rd March.

The aim of the campaign for the Bill is to turn it into a conscience vote on climate action by asking all MPs to vote about the Bill based on what their electorate wants them to do. You can vote on the web site to show your MP how many people in your electorate want the bill supported. 

AP4CA supports all politicians to take stronger action to cut greenhouse emissions to safe levels.

We support the Climate Change Bill, and encourage all our members to consider supporting this Bill, in any of the ways suggested below.

If passed, it would give Australia a national binding climate change law with targets, actions and reporting.

The zero emissions by 2050 reduction target in the Bill is consistent with State Government policies and our international commitments. The Bill would require the government to also set 5-yearly targets.

While stronger targets in the Bill would be preferable, we support the Bill as the best current opportunity for stronger climate policy in Australia. The Bill has provisions for increased targets and shorter timeframes and AP4CA will continue to push for these.

A Climate Change Act would also give politicians, businesses, professionals and communities across Australia clarity and certainty.

So we encourage you to support this Bill, in any of the following ways:

1. Sign the Climate Act Now petition, to show your support of the Bill - go to: https://climateactnow.com.au/

2. Encourage others to sign, spread it widely - all your networks, and influencers you know (see the downloadable resources on https://climateactnow.com.au/).

3. Contact your MPs with letters and meetings to ask them to support it (see below for a template letter). For the Bill to pass, it will need the Australian Labor Party's caucus on board and at least 4 conscience votes from moderate Liberals, so talking to all MPs is useful!

4. Update your Facebook profile picture to the #climateactnow frame - click here to do this. 

5. Use hashtags #ClimateActNow and #ConscienceVote when posting on social media.

Community demands for climate action have helped bring us to this critical point. Let's ensure our community support helps get this Bill over the line!

 

WRITE A LETTER TO YOUR MP AND A LETTER TO THE EDITOR

It's crucial that all Federal MPs and Senators hear from their constituents to urge them to support the Bill.

Please write a letter to your Federal MP and Senators. 

How to Write Your Letter

1. Attaching a visual makes the letter much more noticeable. You could:

  • Include a photo of you and your family and/or
  • Encourage your children to create vivid ‘SAY YES’ artwork;

Enclose this with your letter/attach it to your email

2. Write a personalised letter - a form letter can be ignored by MPs if they get many of the same letter.

We've prepared a series of suggested points for your letter.

Suggested points: 

It’s time to SAY YES to strong climate policy   

Climate change is here, and it’s profoundly affecting our everyday lives. Devastating bushfires, toxic air quality, sweltering temperatures, extreme weather events and a record-breaking drought are already impacting our health and wellbeing. To prevent things getting worse, we urgently need to cut greenhouse emissions to safe levels. 

The Government’s own data shows Australia will not meet its Kyoto emissions reductions commitment of 5 percent by 2020. At current projections, it won’t hit that target until 2030. 

We need strong, binding targets and assessment measures and independent oversight, as set out in the Climate Change Bill. 

It’s time to SAY YES to a binding national framework 

I support the proposed Climate Change legislation because I think it’s vital that we have a national framework that ensures Australia has:

  • A detailed risk assessment to the challenges of a warming climate across all sectors
  • National plans for adapting to those challenges
  • National long-term plans for reducing greenhouse gas emissions
  • Transparent monitoring, reporting and accountability

I support the Bill’s proposal for an independent Climate Change Commission (CCC), that would assess risks and work with Government on adaptation plans, long-term targets, interim emissions budgets and mitigation plans. 

It’s time to SAY YES to a safe future for our children and grandchildren 

Partisan discussion and party-room politics have choked Australia’s progress on climate policy. Enough is enough. A Climate Change Act is our chance to move past deadlocked debate, for a safe and liveable future.  

I urge you to support a conscience vote and Parliamentary debate on the Climate Change Bill. For the sake of your children and grandchildren, and mine, I ask that you be guided by your conscience and say yes to the Climate Change Bill. 

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Click here for a full list of Federal MPs' contact details:
https://www.directory.gov.au/commonwealth-parliament/members-house-representatives

If you are unsure which electorate you are in, go here to find out:
https://electorate.aec.gov.au/

You can also write to the Senators for your state:
https://www.directory.gov.au/commonwealth-parliament/senators

 

WRITE A LETTER TO THE EDITOR OF YOUR LOCAL PAPER(S)

Here's a template letter you can use to send to your local or state newspaper Letters to the Editor. Some local papers will include a visual so it's worth sending a photo of yourself and your children or your children's 'SAY YES' artwork.

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SUBJECT LINE: It’s time to SAY YES to climate action 

Dear Editor, 

Climate change is now an everyday and increasing threat to our health, safety and wellbeing. Devastating bushfires, toxic air quality, sweltering temperatures, extreme weather events and a record-breaking drought are already profoundly impacting our lives [AMEND TO INCLUDE DETAILS OF PERSONAL EXPERIENCES].

We need urgent action to cut greenhouse emissions to safe levels, to prevent things getting worse.  

I’m [XX, A MOTHER/FATHER of XX from XX] and I support the newly-launched Climate Change Bill, which will be introduced into Federal Parliament in March. I’ve contacted [ADD NAME OF LOCAL MP], calling on [HIM/HER] to support a conscience vote on the Climate Change Bill and to say yes to climate action. 

The Bill is our current best opportunity for stronger climate policy. It proposes a national, binding climate change law with targets, actions and reporting. The Bill’s 2050 zero-emissions target is consistent with State Government policies and our international commitments. While stronger targets in the Bill would be preferable, it includes provisions for increased targets and shorter timeframes. A Climate Change Act would also give politicians, businesses, professionals and communities across Australia clarity and certainty.

We are hurtling towards a terrifying future and we must change course. I urge concerned Australians to support the Climate Change Bill by signing the petition at Climate Act Now (www.climateactnow.com.au). I urge our leaders to listen to their conscience and speak for our children and grandchildren. 

It’s time to say “YES” to strong climate policy, and “YES” to the Climate Change Bill. 

Sincerely,

xx

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If you have a contact with a journalist at your local paper, you could also send them your letter and drawing from your child plus a photo of your family and ask if they would like to do a story about the Climate Bill and your family's actions for a better climate future. 

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