Signing for Climate Action

19 / 09 / 2014

Award winning writer Marie Munkara signing the Monster Climate Change Petition in Palmerston, Northern Territory.

Marie won the David Unaipon Award in 2009, as well as the Northern Territory Book of the Year in 2010, for her debut novel, ‘Every Secret Thing’. She is currently promoting her latest work ‘A most peculiar act’ which examines early 20th century protectionist policies, against the backdrop of the Second World War, set in Darwin, and from the perspective of ‘Sugar’, an Aboriginal fringe-camp dweller. See here for more information. By Christmas, part one of her autobiography, published by Penguin, will be out. In a couple of weeks she is off to Bangalore in India as an invited guest at their Writers Festival.

Thank you for signing the Monster Climate Change Petition, Marie!

Marie’s signature joins the likes of other prominent Australians – like lead petitioner Dr Fiona Stanley AC, along with former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser, former Governor-General Quentin Bryce, children’s author Andy Griffiths, and musician Paul Kelly, who have already signed. 

Australians everywhere across the country are being encouraged to sign the Petition – demanding immediate and effective action that significantly reduces carbon emissions to help secure a safe climate.  The Petition reminds our politicians that it is “the fundamental duty of parliament to protect Australia’s people, land and seas” and calls on politicians to make climate policy and action a bi-partisan national priority, rather than a political football.

Launched last month, the Petition can be signed by anyone, including young people below the voting age, as according to the federal Lower House rules (which also dictate that it must be a pen and paper petition).

The Victorian Women’s Trust (publisher of Sheilas) is the administrative base for the Petition, motivated by what it senses is a great deal of anxiety and despair across the community:

“Many Australians are hugely frustrated that much of the national debate over the last few years has simply focused on the politicking of repealing the carbon tax—without any real solutions and leadership on the issue taking its place. People know that a ‘wait and see’ approach is inadequate. This petition provides a strong collective, democratic voice for the many Australians who desperately want to see serious responses to the challenge of climate change,” VWT Executive Director Mary Crooks AO said.

The term ‘Monster Petition’ has been adopted in recognition of the campaign for women’s suffrage in Victoria in the late 1890s, which at the time generated 30,000 signatures in five weeks. 

Significantly, the petition is available in seven other languages – Turkish, Greek, Italian, Mandarin, Arabic, Vietnamese and Spanish, ensuring that Australians all over have the opportunity to give voice to their concerns.

Signatures from across the nation will be collected in time to show world leaders at the mid- November G20 conference in Brisbane that many Australians are deeply concerned about inaction on climate change. The Petition will then be delivered to our national parliament.

Make sure you add your name to this important list! Go to the Monster Climate Petition for all the details: www.monsterclimatepetition.com.au

 

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