Although we can all do our bit, the solution to this problem is ultimately political and politicians need to know how you feel.
Contact your Federal Member of Parliament here
To find out what electorate you are in if you don't know go here.
Remember, we understand that if a politician receives 200 letters on the same issue, they are obliged to take action.
To contact Australian Federal politicians:
Hon Prime Minister Kevin Rudd
The Hon Kevin Rudd MP
CANBERRA ACT 2600
Contact via website, click here
Senator the Hon. Penny Wong
Minister for Climate Change and Water
PO Box 6237, Halifax St
Adelaide SA 5000
P: 08 8223 3388
Hon Peter Garrett AM, MP
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts
PO Box 6022
House of Representatives
Canberra ACT 2600
P: 02 6277 7640
Here is a suggested text (cut and paste and change it as you wish or write you own):
Dear <Politician's name>
Re: Climate change and our dependence on fossil fuels
I am unhappy about what I see as the governments relative lack of action to tackle climate change.
How will the people of Australia respond at the next election when it becomes clear that this government has done little to start solving the greatest economic and environmental crisis that humanity has ever faced?
Then, when petrol prices have perhaps doubled or tripled and the government still has no answer
(as it didn’t recently) what will people think?
As the drought worsens because of climate change and more farms fail, what will people say about
the opportunities that will have been missed?
Climate experts like Dr James Hansen, from NASA, are now saying that the climate crisis is so critical that we must cut carbon emissions to zero within the next 10 years or face catastrophic climate change. In the face of this, proposed carbon emission cuts of 10 or 25% seem totally inadequate.
In addition, the demand for oil and coal will soon outstrip supply resulting in rapidly rising prices and economic hardship as our economy grinds to a halt.
The only way to prevent this from happening is to end our dangerous dependence on oil and coal.
We must repower the economy using clean energy like solar, wind, wave and geothermal energy
and we must do it all within the next 10 years.
This means a huge investment in clean energy generation and the required infrastructure. Doing this will create thousands of new jobs and boost our economy.
In addition we must end subsidies to the oil and coal industries and not waste valuable capital on clean coal technology, which won’t be available for 15-20 years – if it can be made to work at all.
Transport could tap into this clean energy production by conversion of many vehicles to electricity and making good use of the emerging hydrogen cell technology (clean electricity could be used to generate the hydrogen). Again, this would create many new jobs and allow the economy to grow.
By showing true leadership and guiding the Australia into a fossil fuel free future you may well insure your own political survival in a very turbulent and uncertain future.
I urge you to look beyond the interests of the oil and coal industries and start working towards a better future for our children.
My question is – will you press for much greater cuts in carbon emissions than those currently proposed and work towards independence from fossil fuels within the next 10 years?