Standing in solidarity with our Pacific neighbours
Thank you to all of you who signed a letter to your MP and Senators in October/November 2016, urging them to support stronger climate action.
These have now been delivered to all MPs and Senators, along with a copy of the Hungry for Justice report.
To my Member of Parliament and Senators,
I write to share my concern that the lives of people in the Pacific are at increasing risk from climate change. I ask you to support stronger climate action in Australia to help our Pacific neighbours, because there has never been a more urgent need to act than now.
A new report by Caritas Australia, Hungry for Justice, Thirsty for Change: State of the Environment Report for Oceania 2016, reveals that there was widespread hunger and thirst across the Pacific in the last 12 months from causes directly related to or exacerbated by climate change. This has resulted in hardship, illness, malnutrition and even death in the most vulnerable communities.
In coastal communities, land is being lost to rising sea levels, water sources are becoming undrinkable and food crops are failing due to salinization or more frequent extreme weather events. Hospitals and other essential infrastructure are being flooded and grave sites washed away. Fish stocks are falling and coral reefs are dying due to warmer ocean temperatures. Families and communities have been forced to relocate far from their traditional lands. The impacts of climate change are immediate and real, and threaten the continued existence of many communities in the Pacific.
I believe that Australia can and should do more tackle climate change and to help our Pacific neighbours.
I ask you to support the recommendations of the Hungry for Justice, Thirsty for Change report, including:
Ratifying the Paris Agreement by the end of 2016.
- Taking immediate steps to transition to a low-carbon economy, setting national emissions targets in line with limiting global temperature rise to 1.5°C.
- Contributing our fair share of global funding for climate adaptation in poorer countries, additional to our existing aid budget.
- Ensuring that the people most severely affected by climate change, including Pacific Island communities and First Australians, are directly involved in shaping the policy solutions.
I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you,
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