Australia | Adam Bandt: We are in the middle of a climate emergency

» The Australian Greens – 2 May 2016:
Adam Bandt: “We are in the middle of a climate emergency” (Video on Facebook)


This petition is not affiliated with any political party. We welcome support from all political parties. An effective emergency response needs support across the political spectrum.

As the quotes on this page document, senators and leaders of The Greens acknowledge, along with American presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and the world’s scientists, that, (quote: Adam Bandt), “we are in the middle of a climate emergency.”

We hope the message from The Greens – as well as from the climate-campaigning party Save the Planet – will inspire the other political parties to face the truth and the urgency of this matter and start to advocate for the only thing which makes common sense now: a national and non-partisan climate emergency declaration.

It cannot be underlined too often that an effective emergency response needs support across the entire political spectrum.


“We are facing a national climate emergency, and the two old parties are stuck in the past – they’re still opening new coal mines, signing the death warrant of the Great Barrier Reef and throwing billions of dollars in tax breaks at the fossil fuel industry. Australia needs political leaders with the courage to chart a different course.”
Richard Di Natale​, senator and leader of The Greens – writing on his Facebook profile on 27 April 2016

“What we’re experiencing now are political leaders in this country who are standing by while our natural heritage is being destroyed, standing by while our children are being robbed of their future prosperity and standing by while a national emergency is unfolding.”
Richard Di Natale​, senator and leader of The Greens – in his National Press Club Address on 27 April 2016

“If this election is to be about one thing, it has to be about who has the courage, who has the vision, to stand up to the big polluters, to take the necessary action to prevent catastrophic global warming, and to transition our economy away from those industries that brought us prosperity over the last century, but won’t deliver us future prosperity going into this century.”
Richard Di Natale, senator and leader of The Greens – in his National Press Club Address on 27 April 2016 [7:49–8:11]

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“We are in a climate crisis”
Larissa Waters, Senator, The Greens

Australian Greens stand with Australian leaders calling for emergency action on global warming

Media-release 23 June 2016 | Larissa Waters

The Australian Greens have backed a statement by 24 prominent Australians calling for ‘emergency-scale action’ on dangerous global warming.

Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Larissa Waters said, “We are running out of time to save our Great Barrier Reef, protect our rural communities, safeguard our way of life and avert a global warming catastrophe.

“Dangerous global warming is not just an environmental issue. It threatens our children’s future and it’s unfolding before our eyes.

“The solutions to global warming, like clean energy jobs, protecting our ancient forests and greening our cities, will make life better for everyone.

“The Greens have articulated an ambitious, detailed plan to make Australia cleaner, fairer and more secure with 90% clean energy by 2030, no new coal mines or fracking, and tens of thousands of new jobs.

“Only the Greens want to end the $21 billion in fossil fuel subsidies and the corrosive influence of fossil fuel donations on our politics.

“The Paris climate agreement is a historic first step, but without a rapid transition to clean energy, we risk serious ever more serious fire, drought, extreme weather, conflict and global instability,” Senator Waters said.


USA | Legal petition pushes President Obama to declare climate emergency

Press release 20 April 2016:

Legal Petition Pushes President Obama to End Crude Oil Exports, Declare Climate Emergency

350 Organizations Back Effort to Protect Climate, Communities From Fracking Pollution Linked to Exporting U.S. Oil

WASHINGTON — As the Obama administration prepares to sign the Paris climate agreement, 350 environmental, social-justice, health and faith organizations filed a legal petition today urging President Barack Obama to declare a national climate emergency and end all U.S. crude oil exports. The ban would keep millions of tons of greenhouse gas pollution from escaping into the atmosphere and worsening the climate crisis.

Today’s petition, organized  by the Center for Biological Diversity and Food & Water Watch, calls on the president to immediately halt the export of crude oil under executive legal authority granted to him by the 2016 Appropriations Act and the National Emergencies Act.

As global temperatures hit record highs, the petition points out that “climate change is unquestionably a national emergency.” It also notes that halting crude exports is essential to the Paris Agreement’s goal “to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels.”

The petition filing comes two days before the landmark climate agreement reached last year is signed in New York. The president signed an omnibus bill lifting the 40-year-old export ban in December, less than a week after agreeing to the Paris climate accord.

“President Obama must halt crude exports to give us a fighting chance to meet the Paris Agreement’s crucial climate goals,” said the Center’s Jean Su. “The president has the legal authority to reverse the terrible mistake he made in approving an end to the longstanding ban on crude exports. He has to seize this opportunity to protect our climate and U.S. communities from drilling and fracking.”

“While Americans are increasingly turning against fracking and fossil fuels, President Obama has shockingly seen fit to double down on oil extraction to facilitate needless exports,” said Food & Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter. “But the president has a chance to make this right by acknowledging our emerging climate emergency and halting oil exports now. He must seize this opportunity.”

Halting crude oil exports would reduce drilling and fracking and could prevent up to 500 million tons of greenhouse emissions — the pollution equivalent of more than 135 coal-fired power plants, according to a report from the Center for American Progress.

In addition to climate damage, the petition also highlights the devastating threats to public health and safety created by widespread fracking that has played a key role in driving the production of U.S. crude oil for export.

Fracking and drilling have polluted the air and contaminated water supplies in communities across the country. A recent study by Stanford scientists found that fracking and other oil and gas operations contaminated groundwater in Pavillion, Wyo. Another study, published last year in the journal Epidemiology, found that women living near fracking and drilling face a dramatically increased probability of premature births and high-risk pregnancies.

Today’s petition is signed by the Center for Biological Diversity, Food & Water Watch, Greenpeace U.S.A., Friends of the Earth U.S., , Physicians for Social Responsibility, Public Citizen, SustainUS, WildEarth Guardians, Progressive Democrats of America, Rainforest Action Network, Amazon Watch, Corporate Accountability International, Waterkeeper Alliance, Environment America, and hundreds of other national, regional and local groups.

The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 990,000 members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.

» National CLimate Emergency Petition (PDF, 15 pages)

Jean Su, Center for Biological Diversity, (510) 844-7139,

Seth Gladstone, Food & Water Watch, (347) 778-2866,

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Canada | The Leap Manifesto: Call for a leap to prevent catastrophic global warming

In Canada, a ‘Leap Manifesto’ of more than 32,000 signatories was launched in January 2016 in support of a rapid, “justice-based” energy transition to a renewable economy.

The manifesto advocates a “great transition” in energy conversion — a leap — to “prevent catastrophic global warming,” and denounces Canada’s record on climate change as “a crime against humanity’s future.” It was launched to popularise the ideas of Canadian author Naomi Klein’s influential book on climate change, ‘This Changes Everything’.

The Leap Manifesto calls for varied measures toward the goal of a society “caring for one another and caring for the planet.” The list is headed by respect for Indigenous people’s “inherent rights and title” to the land; immediate action for a 100% clean economy by 2050; and a halt to “infrastructure projects that lock us into increased extraction decades into the future.”

“The manifesto has proved its capacity to unite a broad range of social forces and to pose the challenge of climate justice within the mainstream organizations of Canadian working people. It is an eloquent contribution to the debate the Trudeau government is initiating on a national climate action plan,” wrote John Riddell.

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“We call on all those seeking political office to seize this opportunity and embrace the urgent need for transformation.”
The Leap Manifesto