11 July 2016


Currently, the groups collaborating on this campaign are running several Climate Emergency Declaration petitions targeting Australia’s federal parliament, including a hard copy petition. The ConservationSA petition targets both federal and state parliaments. We invite other groups to also launch their own climate emergency declaration petitions as part of a petitionSTORM of similar petitions to be submitted together.

The details of the petitions vary, but they all ask Parliament to declare a climate emergency and mobilise resources accordingly.

When the total number of signatures across all petitions is high enough, we plan to submit the petitions together. Imagine a politician calling on Parliament to declare a climate emergency and saying, “I’ve received not just one, but 10 separate petitions, all asking for a climate emergency declaration. Altogether I have over [100,000] signatures here.”

Signature count
Personal mobilisation


Climate Emergency Declaration petition including actions report
People who sign this petition can also answer a few quick questions about how they reduce their carbon emissions. This is for demonstrating how individuals are mobilising, and builds awareness that ‘everyone is doing it’. This petition can be embedded on any number of websites, and currently can be signed here:

Climate Emergency Declaration petition
A sign-and-share petition without any extra questions. It can be signed here:

Conservation SA petition
This petition targets state parliaments as well as the federal parliament, so please sign this one even if you have already signed one of the above petitions. It can be signed here:

BCCAG petition
This emergency declaration petition launched by the Bayside Climate Change Action Group targets the federal and state parliaments. It can be signed here:

Significance of a Climate Emergency Declaration

Declaring a climate emergency and acting on it is a top-level ask that fundamentally encompasses many of the asks climate-motivated people in Australia are currently campaigning on. If we win this ask and it is implemented properly, then this would stop new coal, oil, and gas projects, and existing ones would be phased out. Dirty power stations would be closed down as part of an orderly transition to 100% renewable energy. Energy efficiency would thrive, forests would be regenerated, habitats would be protected, air pollution health effects would vanish, public transport, cycling and EV’s would flourish, and even the Great Barrier Reef might stand a chance of regenerating.



Start your own petition

If your group launches your own Climate Emergency Declaration petition, chances are you’ll word it your way to reflect your core focus. To be part of the petitionSTORM, it simply needs to share the same top-level climate emergency declaration ask.

It’s much like a climate march, where different groups march together for a common top-level ask of climate action despite having different concerns and messages.


The only requirement is that the petitions involved in the petitionSTORM include words to the effect that:

  1. We face a climate emergency
  2. We call on our political leaders to declare a climate emergency
  3. We need the government to follow through with the necessary resources and action to fully address the crisis at emergency speed.

If you are launching your own petition, please let us know so we can plan joint delivery as a petitionSTORM as soon as the overall number of signatures is high enough. Or, if you like the existing petitions and your group would prefer to simply help promote one of them, please let us know.

Petition toolbox

Your petition can use whatever images suit your focus of course, but if you’d like to maintain a visual similarity with existing petitions, you might like to incorporate the February temperature spike graph. There is an ‘open source’ version of the temperature spike graph here.

Or, feel free to use the image below as is, if you want, or to take the graph element from it to incorporate in your own image.

Click on image to download high resolution version (330 dpi)

Click on image to download high resolution version (330 dpi)

If your group likes the Climate Safety petition (including action reports) at ClimateEmergencyDeclaration.org/petition2, that one can be embedded in your group’s website, if you wish, either with or without the surrounding context. It has a centralised Google Drive mechanism that automatically takes care of recording signatures and updating counters at all sites where it is embedded. The WordPress code for embedding the petition is here. It can quite easily be converted into ‘clean’ html-code.

» See more suggestions and download graphics from either this Toolbox, or this Toolbox. If you have questions or need the graphics in high resolution, contact us on mobilisation@climatesafety.net.