With the federal government conducting a climate policy review later this year, people are invited to help gather signatures, on paper, for a giant petition in their own electorate to advocate for climate action and increase engagement on this issue.
The community climate petition is an initiative launched by Micah Australia, involving collaboration with a range of organisations including Caritas, Uniting World, Franciscan Friars, CLRI(NSW), TEAR Fund, Common Grace, Catholic Earthcare, Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC) and Pacific Calling Partnership (PCP).
In April, there will be a media launch with church leaders and spokespeople and in August and September there will be handover events to local members in individual electorates all over the country with accompanying media. These will be followed by federal and state lobbying in the lead up to the UN Climate conference in November 2017 which is being co-chaired by Fiji.
The shared aim is to generate a series of powerful, community-organised petitions across 150 electorates in order to influence the Government and Parliament for:
• stronger action to reduce Australia’s emissions,
• a faster transition to zero-net emissions,
• more substantial support to communities affected by climate change.
Petition organisers are needed to help collect signatures between April 22 and July 31.
PCP is looking for people with organisational skills, who have congregational, parish and/or school and/or church or community etc links and who like reaching out to people to get them involved. Training and support will be available. We want to hear from you as soon as possible so we can let the organisers know what support we can offer.
With the federal government conducting a climate policy review later this year, we’re inviting our supporters to work with other people in their own electorate to gather signatures, on paper, for a giant petition.
We want to make support for strong action something which is impossible to ignore and we want to strengthen the engagement of people in these issues.
Local MP’s will be challenged one by one by the fact that faith communities are getting organised around this issue in their electorate. The petition can serve as conversation-starters too, so there are a lot of spin-offs.
We envisage supporters would have the option of joining like-minded local people of faith to form a team, and of participating in a formally presentation of the signatures to their elected MP in the House of Representatives.