Loud voices for climate

June 28, 2017

Sharing their voice: St Mary of the Angels Secondary College social justice leaders, Kate Berend, Liv Sooriarachchi and Jessee Champion join the Australia-wide movement petitioning for change.

Staff and students at St Mary of the Angels Secondary College are joining forces and adding their voices to the campaign for climate justice through a wide-reaching petition which includes hundreds of schools and faith-based organisations across the country.

The campaign, which is being run through Caritas together with a variety of other faith organisations, aims to create the largest multi-electorate petition in Australia’s history and will involve every member of parliament in the country.

‘‘The aim behind the petition is to create a wide-reaching voice which is so significant that hopefully, it will be impossible for the government to ignore,’’ St Mary of the Angels Year 12 domain leader Ruth Bakogianis said.

‘‘Climate change is fast becoming one of the greatest human rights challenges of our generation and if we don’t take strong and urgent action right now, the results may be irreversible.”

The petition urges to commit to deeper and more urgent reductions of greenhouse emissions; develop a plan to ensure Australia achieves zero net greenhouse emissions well before 2050, and support families and communities affected by the transition towards renewable energy and more sustainable land use; and provide additional assistance to help our poorest neighbours adapt to the harmful impacts of climate change.

It will be presented directly to Federal Member for Murray Damian Drum on August 7.

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