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Declaration of Climate Emergency

To reflect BIEPA's ongoing commitment to protecting the delicate ecosystems on Bribie Island, we are joining with many other organisations in declaring a climate emergency.

This motion was passed by the management committee on the 28th September, 2021:

To draft, for adoption, a Declaration of a Climate Emergency; then to request that Moreton Bay Regional Council (MBRC) declare a Climate Emergency.

To date, Australia has not joined other nations in declaring a climate emergency. However, following the federal election there is now some hope that we will start to participate in global efforts to reduce emissions and mitigate the impact of climate change.

The declaration

The Bribie Island Environmental Protection Association Inc. (BIEPA) acknowledges that we are in a state of climate emergency that requires urgent action by all levels of government.

BIEPA acknowledges that there is an ongoing climate emergency and calls on all Australians as well as local, state and federal governments to act swiftly and decisively to reduce carbon emissions in the hope that we can avert dangerous climate change.

On 28th February 2022, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) stated in a press release:

The world faces unavoidable multiple climate hazards over the next two decades with global warming of 1.5°C (2.7°F). Even temporarily exceeding this warming level will result in additional severe impacts, some of which will be irreversible. Risks for society will increase, including to infrastructure and low-lying coastal settlements ... Safeguarding and strengthening nature is key to securing a liveable future.

If you are perturbed about the impacts of climate change, please contact and express your concerns to your Government representatives:

  • Local government Councillor and Mayor

  • State government Member for Parliament

  • Federal government Member for Parliament

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Unknown member
Jul 18, 2022

There is no doubt that our current trajectory of GHG emissions is insufficient to get us to a maximum of 1.5 degrees C of global heating. We can already see the consequences of our inaction in the increased frequency and severity of extreme weather across the world, including here in Australia.

We have the means to fight the climate crisis (and, incidentally, to benefit economically from a robust response). All we need is much greater political will to help kick along what we and the smart investors know we must do to meet zero emissions within the required period.

This really is a time to think global and act local. Let's keep the pressure up on our politicians to move…

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