North Melbourne Churches Petition Mp On Climate Change

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Media release                                           5 November, 2009

North Melbourne churches petition MP on climate change

A petition with more than 800 signatures will be submitted to Kelvin Thomson, Member

of Parliament for the federal seat of Wills, in a public handover event.

Friday 6 November


Coburg Baptist Church

298 Sydney Road


The petition calls on the government to drastically ramp up its greenhouse gas reduction

commitment from 5 per cent (on 2000 levels) to 20 per cent by 2020 (based on 1990


It also wants this target boosted to 30 per cent if other developed countries commit to

similar goals and timeframes.

The petition has rallied Christians of different denominations for a single cause.

Many Uniting Church, Baptist, Salvation Army, Catholic and Anglican members from

Brunswick, Coburg, Glenroy, Stathmore and Pascoe Vale are expected to attend the

handover event. 

On acceptance of the petition, Mr Thomson will also provide a response.

"The available research shows that if we do not reach an effective global agreement on

climate change it will result in more than a billion people being short of water,

widespread famines, major species extinctions, and extreme sea-level rises,” said Dr

Mark Zirnsak, Justice and International Mission (JIM) director at the Uniting Church in

Australia, Victoria and Tasmania synod.

“Such dramatic changes would be highly likely to trigger large movements of people.”

In comparison, the UK has committed up to 36 per cent in greenhouse reductions by

2020, despite being hit harder by the Global Financial Crisis. Germany will cut emissions

by 40 per cent and Sweden by 25 per cent.

“All countries must take on their fair share. Australia is yet to commit to that,” Mr Zirnsak


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