Climate Guardian Photo Petition
Climate Guardians are a political theatre troupe formed in response to Government inaction on increasingly alarming findings by climate scientists that we are fast approaching a ‘tipping point’ after which we will not be able to avert catastrophic climate change. We follow the practice of civil disobedience and all our actions and interventions are non-violent.
Upload your image to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Include your name to become a signatory and add a few lines about why you want the Federal Government to act on Climate Change. We will compile the photo petition and submit it to the Prime Minister on August 14 2013. The text of the petition will read:
We the undersigned demand the Australian federal government act with urgency to mitigate the effects of catastrophic climate change through a rise in temperature of 4-6 degrees celsius as presently forecast by the world’s eminent and peer-reviewed climate scientists. We call upon your government act to restrict greenhouse gas emission to 320 parts per million CO2 by:
- Immediately capping and then winding back Australia’s coal exports.
- Increasing funding for large-scale renewable energy research and projects.
- Placing a moratorium on new coal-fired power stations, coal seam gas exploration and extraction.
- Phasing out of the 4 big fossil fuel subsidies, through the withdrawal of $50 billion in subsidies to fossil fuel companies over the next 5 years including:
- subsidised aviation gasoline and turbine fuel which cost Australian taxpayers $1.06 billion in 2011-12, and will cost $920 million in 2012-13, $940 million in 2013-14 and $970 million in 2014-15
- accelerated depreciation from new oil and gas investments which are likely to grow from $160 million in 2013-14, to $450 million in 2014-15, to $1.09 billion in 2015-16 to $1.44 billion in 2016-17
- $5.5 billion worth of cash and free permits to the dirtiest power stations in the country (Hazelwood power station received $266 million in cash in 2012, Yallourn $257 million and Loy Yang A $240 million)
- withdrawal of $5.6 billion expenditure on the Fuel Tax Credits scheme, which will grow to $6.18 billion in 2013-14, $5.88 billion in 2014-15 and $5.92 billion in 2015-16.