Community Climate Petition

Posted on Mar 6, 2017 in News
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The world’s poorest and most vulnerable communities – particularly in our region – are suffering the harmful impacts of climate change.

Yet Australia – one of the wealthiest nations – is not doing anywhere near enough to reduce our emissions. We are delaying the urgent action needed to shift our energy and transport systems to 100% renewable sources.

We are not providing enough support to help our vulnerable neighbours prepare for and adapt to increasingly severe climate change impacts.

It’s clear what Australia needs to do. Our Federal and State Governments should help Australians manage the risks of a changing climate, seize the opportunities of the global energy revolution, and support our neighbours as they adapt to the harmful effects of climate change.

Catholic Earthcare Australia is partnering with other faith-based organisations to bring our concerns to parliamentarians through this petition. The petition is designed to allow you to easily petition your Member of Parliament with the petition below. You are invited to register below to be part of the petitioning process.

What is this petition about?

This petition calls on the Australian Government to take stronger action to reduce our emissions, transition away from fossil fuels and towards renewable energy, and support our poorest and most vulnerable neighbours as they face the increasing impacts of climate change.

Petition text

To the Honourable Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives

This petition of concerned people/citizens of [electorate name], draws to the attention of the House

the severe and urgent threat that climate change poses to the health, well-being and security of all

people around the world, particularly our poorest and most vulnerable neighbours.

We remind the House that Australia’s greenhouse emissions are the highest per person among

wealthy nations while our emissions reduction targets are among the weakest.

We therefore ask the House to do all in its power to protect communities in Australia and our region

from the harmful impacts of climate change – such as more severe heat, extreme and unpredictable

weather and rising seas – by:

  • committing to deeper and more urgent reductions of our greenhouse emissions;
  •  developing a plan to ensure Australia achieves zero net greenhouse emissions well before 2050, and supporting families and communities affected by the transition towards renewable energy and more sustainable land use;
  • providing additional assistance to help our poorest neighbours adapt to the harmful impacts of climate change.

How do I get involved?

1) Download the Community Climate Petition Guide & a sample petition (we’ll send a version of the petition customised for your electorate after you register)

2) Register to gather signatures in your electorate

3) Got questions? Check out our FAQs

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Important Announcement

Catholic Earthcare is the part of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference which promotes ecological conversion to achieve a loving and sustainable relationship with the natural world. It uses environmental education, national and international links and advocacy to achieve this goal.

In May 2017, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference decided to incorporate Catholic Earthcare Australia into its sister agency, Caritas Australia. This change was made to strengthen the capacity of Catholic Earthcare Australia, particularly in advocating and educating about the principles of Holy Father’s 2015 encyclical, Laudato Si, and to achieve synergies with Caritas Australia’s extensive education and advocacy work around Australia, including parishes, schools and the wider Catholic community on environmental issues such as climate change.

Caritas Australia is the Church’s international aid and development agency.  As part of the global Caritas confederation operating in 190 countries, it works alongside marginalised communities in many countries and with 11 First Australian agencies here in Australia.  Promoting the principles of Laudato Si is at the centre of the global confederation and of Caritas Australia.

This website is being refined to reflect the new administrative arrangements for Catholic Earthcare Australia. For all enquiries in relation to the work of Catholic Earthcare Australia or to request assistance, please call  1800 024 413 or email

Thank you for your ongoing support of Catholic Earthcare Australia and your commitment to combating climate change and protecting the environment and ecosystems from degradation and pollution.