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Federal Election Petition

“This latest report is a sobering reminder that our global failure to cut emissions is leading to devastating health, economic, and social impacts around the world. But the report is also a reminder that we have the power to change this. We can prevent and protect ourselves from extreme weather events, famines, health problems and more by cutting emissions and investing in adaptation strategies. The science (and the solutions) are clear. It’s up to us how we shape the future.”

Christiana Figueres, former Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

The veterinary community is a scientific one. One that faces up to the reality in front of it, decides a course of action based on the facts and - perhaps most importantly - takes action. Whether it’s a pet dog needing surgery, a farmer’s cow needing medication, a koala needing rescuing. Or climate change threatening the health and welfare of all animals across Australia.

The predictions of the IPCC report will only come true if we don't take action. We’re not going to let that happen on our watch.

Sign the petition to the leaders of the Liberal, National and Labor parties - and let them know we want strong climate policies brought to the election!

With a federal election on the horizon, our politicians are paying close attention to what voters want. There is no better time to tell them we want strong climate policies that respect the science and lead to meaningful action.

 

Will you sign?

Dear Scott Morrison PM, Barnaby Joyce DPM and Anthony Albanese MP,

The latest IPCC report clearly outlines the impact climate change is having, and will continue to have on people and animals, should we not take action. Luckily, it also talks of a "window of opportunity". We are within that window of opportunity and ask that you seize it. 

The opportunity for Australia is huge. As one of the sunniest and windiest countries on earth, we can harness the power of renewable energy to curb pollution, create jobs and strengthen our economy. Rural and regional communities in particular have a great deal to gain from these opportunities.

Ahead of the 2022 Federal Election, we ask that you bring strong climate change policies to the election. These policies should be line with the science and have plans that outline meaningful action.

Thank you for considering this petition.

Further information regarding the latest IPCC report

The Working Group II report - finalised and approved by 270 authors and 195 governments - is the biggest assessment of the impacts of climate change and the strategies to adapt to it since the release of the IPCC’s AR5 in 2014. The release follows a two-week plenary session held virtually from February 14 to February 26 in which the report was scrutinised line-by-line for approval by government representatives in dialogue with report authors.

The report examines the impacts that climate change is having on ecosystems and human societies. It considers their vulnerabilities and their capacity to adapt to current and future changes. It highlights the risks that continued emissions pose to humans and the environment, and analyses the vulnerabilities of different regions and natural systems.

The first draft of the report had 16,348 review comments. The second draft got 40,293 review comments. The final government distribution of the Summary for Policymakers received 5,777 comments. Over 34,000 scientific papers are referenced in the report.

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