Community climate petition

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Later this year, the Federal government will review its climate policy. We think this is an important moment to send a strong message that our Christian faith calls us to care about our neighbours and future generations and therefore we want strong
action on climate change.

This year the JIM Unit will be working with other synods as well as other faith and development organisations across Australia to have maximum impact! Together we are going to collect thousands of signatures on a petition that calls on the
Australian Government to take stronger action to reduce our emissions, transition away from fossil fuels and towards renewable energy, and support our poorest and most vulnerable neighbours as they face the increasing impacts of climate change.

One petition in one electorate might be possible to ignore. Any number of email petitions can be deleted. But one hundred-and-fifty old-school, pen-and-paper petitions, gathered by churches, faith communities, schools, businesses and community
groups across all of Australia’s 150 electorates is hard to ignore. By coordinating our efforts, handing the petitions to MPs at one key moment, and having our requests heard by Parliament, we will make it impossible to ignore.

How to get involved:
Register - to say you will collect signatures. To make this as effective as we can, we need to coordinate who is doing what and where. (Your details will only be used for this campaign.)

When you register there are two options!
You can become a Principal Petitioner who does the following:

  • Petitions to the House must have a ‘Principal Petitioner’ - someone who will be the contact person for any correspondence with the House of Representatives Petition Committee about the petition. Principal Petitioners provide their full name and contact details on the first page of the petition. These details are for the use of the Petition Committee only and will not be made public.
  • Principal Petitioners receive the other petition signatures gathered across the electorate.
  • Principal Petitioners coordinate the handover of the petition to your electorate’s MP. This could be a simple handover meeting or a larger public handover event. There is more detail about these handover events in the Community Climate Petition Guide.
  • Principal petitioners also act as Petition Organisers to gather signatures and promote the petition.

OR You can become a Petition Organiser

  • Petition Organisers gather signatures from their groups and networks (and possibly the wider community).
  • Petition Organisers promote the petition through their networks and through social and local media.
  • Petition Organisers return all completed petition forms to Micah Australia by 31 July 2017 so that these can be collated for presentation to the MP
  • Petition Organisers may join the meeting or event (and bring others to that event) in order to hand over the petition to the Member of Parliament. 

For more information download the Community Climate Petition Guide & a sample petition.
Or to talk through the option and for more information or if you need assistance registering please contact us.