Australia is at a crossroads

28 November, 2018

Australia is at a crossroads.

We can honour our international commitments to limit global warming to below 1.5 – 2°C above pre-industrial levels, or we can continue to allow ‘business as usual’ to cause irreparable  damage to our natural environment, our way of life, and our iconic Great Barrier Reef.

Existing approved fossil fuel production is already sufficient to take the world to 2°C warming. That means we need to take effective and immediate action to keep our coal and gas in the ground if we are going to head off the worst impacts of climate change, consistent with our global commitments.

We call upon our state and federal governments to legally prevent new thermal coal and gas projects.

The latest report from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has made our situation clearer than ever.1

The world must rapidly phase out coal-fired power by 2050 if we are to limit the loss of coral reefs to 70-90%, rather than the 99% coral loss that would result if we let coal use linger longer.2

Sign the Petition

Projects like Adani’s Carmichael mine, Acland Stage Three, and China Stone are totally inconsistent with Australia’s international commitments under the Paris Agreement to limit global warming to under 1.5 - 2°C.

Sign our petition asking the state and federal governments to honour our climate obligations and use their powers to stop any new coal or gas mines.

Existing approved fossil fuel production is already sufficient to take the world to 2°C warming,3 which means we need to take effective and immediate action to keep our coal and gas in the ground4 if we are going to head off the worst impacts of climate change, consistent with our global commitments.

In Australia, the Climate Council has estimated that 90% of the coal in country’s reserves must be left in the ground if we have a hope of meeting our commitments under the Paris Agreement.5

That means if Queensland and Australia are to take our obligations to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions seriously, we must stop new thermal coal mining – now, and allow for a managed just transition for the existing industry.

That can only occur through broad, systemic changes at a governmental level – whether it be in the form of new legislation, regulatory changes, or binding policy.

No more denial about fossil fuel projects

To continue to clear the way for projects like China Stone and Adani’s Carmichael mine is to deny the reality of our international obligations, and to ignore the risk that these mines will become stranded assets or abandoned completely as failed projects in a carbon-constrained future.

This kind of denial is not an option when it comes to climate change.

We owe it to future generations to fully honour our climate commitments and work towards our targets in a swift, fair, and meaningful way.

At a minimum, that has to mean firm action to stop all new fossil fuel extraction.

Please sign our petition calling on our state and federal governments to use all their powers to prevent any and all new thermal coal or gas projects.


References

1. IPCC issues dire climate warning, says coal must go to save Great Barrier Reef, ABC, 8 October 2018

2. Global Warming of I.5°C, IPCC, 2018

3. The Sky’s Limit, Oil Change International, 2016

4. McGlade & Ekin (8 January 2015) The geographical distribution of fossil fuels unused when limiting global warming to 2C, 517 Nature 187;

5. Unburnable Carbon: why we need to leave fossil fuels in the ground, Climate Council of Australia, 2015

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