The lead petitioner is Professor Fiona Stanley and
initiated by the Victorian Women's Trust who are
inspired by the women of 1891 who in Victoria collected almost
30,000 signatures in five weeks requesting the vote for women.
Almost one in ten of Victoria's adult women signed this
unprecedented petition. The sheets of signatures were glued onto
a 260 metre roll of cloth and rolled on a spindle. It took two
men to carry the petition into parliament. It became known as
the 'Monster Petition.'
In a 2014 Lowy Institute Poll, 63% of Australians said they
wanted the government to take a leadership role in reducing
emissions. The petition aims:
- To let our politicians know that huge numbers of ordinary
Australians want urgent action to reduce carbon emissions.
- To make climate change a bi-partisan national priority
rather than a political football.
- To let world leaders in Brisbane for the G20 know that
ordinary Australians desperately want their national
government to step up and act on climate change.
- To stand up and be counted for the sake of Australia's
children and the land and seas we love.
Let's make sure this climate petition becomes just as historic,
and just as successful, as those efforts!
Please sign, forward to your networks, share via social media,
link to it on your websites, in your newsletters, talk to your
friends, colleagues, and community group about it. Let your MP /
Senator know you signed!