62 of the nation’s leading scientists and experts have signed an open letter to the next Parliament of Australia, urging for the newly re-elected Liberal government to make urgent and meaningful effort on climate change.
The letter identifies the country’s continued drift from its Paris Agreement obligations as cause for particular concern.
The Australia Institute’s Richard Merizan said that the country is failing to address climate change, which will present a massive challenge to all elements of Australian life.
“Climate change is an enormous threat to the security and wellbeing of all Australians. Climate change is already increasing the frequency of fires, floods and drought, as well as serious health impacts. Climate change is already a major threat to key industries, including agriculture and tourism and is already costing Australians billions of dollars every year, and will continue to rise unless we act,” Mr Merizan said.
Prominent signatories of the open letter include: Nobel Prize winners Professor Peter Doherty AC and Dr. Sue Wareham OAM, former Australian of the Year Professor Fiona Stanley AC, former Chief Scientist for Australia Professor Penny Sackett and many of Australia’s leading scientists from disciplines including climate change, health, economics, energy, and finance, including Professor Hilary Bambrick, Professor Will Steffen and Professor Barbara Norman.