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Sign the petition: Safeguard our kids, not polluters


Let’s use our voice to make the rules as strong as possible and secure the safest climate for our kids.


All over Australia, people are taking action on climate pollution, but a handful of companies are threatening to undo all of that good work.

Right now, the Labor Government is deciding how to control climate pollution from the companies that pollute the most.

Speaking up on this issue can have a HUGE impact.

Just 10 companies account for more than half of all harmful emissions produced under the so called Safeguard Mechanism. These are the rules that govern how big polluters should act on emissions.

Together these companies have pumped out over 362 tonnes of harmful pollution since the scheme started in 2016- equivalent to the C02 produced by more than 16 million Australians in a single year!

It’s time we made the big polluters do their fair share to reduce climate pollution for a safe climate.

Our kids’ safety depends on it. This is our chance to improve the most important climate policy in Australia by creating a pollution speed limit on Australia’s biggest emitters.

But we need to show the community is actively supporting climate ambition, not more fossil-fuelled emissions.

That’s why we’re calling all parents to add their support now.


What can you do?

Your voice has power with our elected representatives, and together, our voices add up to a lot of public pressure. 

  1. Sign and share the petition.

  2. Engage with the campaign on social media with the hashtag #safeguardourkids

  3. Get a meeting with your MP and/or email them and ask them to make sure that the safeguard mechanism is strengthened and big polluters are held to account.

As you can imagine, some polluters do not want the safeguard mechanism strengthened with new baselines created and enforced. This is where Australian parents can make a difference.

We need to reduce emissions to safeguard the climate for our children and grandchildren.

328 signatures

Dear Members of Parliament,
We support real action to protect our children and grandchildren from climate harm. Make sure big polluters do their fair share to reduce climate pollution for a safe climate.

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Sign the Letter - Ask the Environment Minister to safeguard our children's future

Update: Together with 100+ pieces of kids artwork, this petition was delivered to Minister Plibersek's office in December 2022. Check out the handover event gallary here

We encourage parents from across the country to continue signing this Open Letter to our Environment Minister; every bit of pressure contributes towards a safe climate for our kids.

Dear Hon Tanya Plibersek MP, 

We, the undersigned, represent a diversity of Australian parents, grandparents, carers and family members, who are deeply concerned about the safety of our children. 

We are doing all that we can to protect our children from harm and provide them with the support and guidance to ensure they have the best chance at a happy and healthy life. But we need your leadership to protect them too. As Australia’s Environment Minister, you share a Duty of Care for young Australians. And we will support you to make the right decisions that will ensure a safe and thriving environment for many generations to come. 

We understand that you begin your role in earnest while Australia’s environment is at its poorest state in history. We applaud you for the positive steps you have taken already in this critical leadership role. We have renewed optimism in the way in which you are recognising the huge challenges and poor state that our environment is in.

Hard and challenging decisions will have to be made to safeguard the living world for our children. Your role is critical to protecting Australia’s children from climate harm. And we entrust that you will uphold your duty of care to protect them in your decisions.

In support of the Environment Council of Central Queensland’s legal intervention to protect Australia’s living wonders from climate damage, we ask that you heed the scientific advice on the climate impacts of all new fossil fuel projects while prioritising the well-being of young and future Australians. 

We ask that you act to implement the response plan to the state of the environment report urgently and with the resources required to restore our natural world, so that young and future Australians may depend on it, just as older Australians have to date.

And we ask that you overhaul the inadequate environment laws that allow for continued destruction, by supporting all of the recommendations of the Samuel Review. 

With our sincere support, encouragement and faith in your leadership to do what is right. We won’t get another chance. Our kids and families are counting on you.

Australian parents, grandparents, carers and family members.

Australian Parents For Climate Action  


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Once we have a groundswell of signatures, we will present the open letter to Hon. Tanya Plibersek. Timing is of the essence. Can you sign now? 

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Analysis: New gas and coal undermines Labor’s climate target, regardless of whether it’s exported

We Can’t Have Our Cake and Eat It Too

Some in the new Labor Government, and the Coalition previously have claimed that Australia can reduce its emissions, while simultaneously approving new coal and gas mines. Sounds good in theory, but in practice fossil fuel extraction and processing is one of the biggest sources of emissions in Australia, even before the coal or gas is burned.

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Australian Parents for Climate Action meet and work on the lands of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people and respect that sovereignty of those lands was never ceded. We pay respect to Elders, past and present and emerging, and acknowledge the pivotal role that Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people continue to play within the Australian community.