On this page, we collected messages and ran a climate emergency declaration petition to Geelong Councillors. It was closed and handed over to the Geelong Council on 19 August 2019.
However, since the Councillors rejected declaring a climate emergency, you can still sign petitions to Geelong councillors, if you haven’t already. Two are still up and running on Change.org and on Greenpeace.org.au
Geelong Council petitions – still running
Status on 13 October 2019:
→ 942 have signed our petition to City of Greater Geelong Council. Let’s get to 1,000!
→ 727 have signed Greenpeace’s Breakfree from Fossil Fuels petition to City of Greater Geelong Council. Let’s get to 1,000!
Petitioning Geelong Council on 19 August 2019
To the City of Greater Geelong Council,
Given that climate impacts are already causing serious loss of life and destroying vital ecosystems, global average temperature, atmospheric greenhouse gases, and ocean acidity are already at dangerous levels, and wartime economic mobilisations have proven how quickly nations can restructure their economies when facing an extreme threat, it is inexcusable to continue with climate-damaging policies that put us all in even greater peril.
We ask of our councillors to implement a municipality-wide climate emergency response, which involves to…
• Publicly acknowledge the climate emergency
• Review the Council’s strategic plan
• Create a foundation for climate emergency action
• Implement a climate emergency plan
We’ve risen to big challenges in the past when an emergency has been declared, with citizens and all sides of politics rising to the occasion and working together for the common good. We have all the resources and ability to overcome the climate emergency, we are only lacking two things: political will and the number of people to change that political will.
We call on you to do what is necessary now.
This petition was signed by 272 people who wrote the following 211 messages to the Geelong Councillors: