Leaders must declare a climate emergency

We must face the climate emergency.
It is clear that our leaders have failed to cut fossil fuel emissions.
We must step up to the moral challenge or face accelerating disasters.
I call on all voters to demand that their political leaders declare a climate emergency and take rapid and urgent action to keep fossil fuels in the ground.
It has been 30 years since we were warned and 27 since the world agreed to action.
We have seen lots of words, but emissions continue to rise.
Australia’s emissions have risen each of the last four years and we are currently emitting more per person than any other country.
We are seeing increasing disasters both around the world (e.g. Madagascar) and in Australia, with increased heat causing our deserts to move southward into NSW and Victoria.
The Darling is dying as are our coral reefs.
We have run out of time now, with drastic changes already locked into the climate system.
We must fight to retain what we can of the climate that nurtured our civilization.
Demand that your government declare a climate emergency.
Stop all new mining and use of fossil fuels, apply a just transition to a zero carbon economy (including all GHGs) and prepare for the impacts on our community (water, food, health, infrastructure, etc).
For those of you who think this will damage our economy, know that the damage will be nothing compared to what awaits us if we continue to ignore this elephant in the room.
This is an emergency and must be treated as such or we abandon our children.
I finish with the words of 16-year-old, Greta Thunberg, who said: “If the emissions have to stop, then we must stop the emissions.”
To me that is black or white.
There are no grey areas when it comes to survival.
We either go on as our civilisation or we don’t.
“Instead of looking for hope, look for action.”

Email, Apr 8
Richard Weller, Gosford

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