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Paul Kelly, Missy Higgins among 70 musicians fighting against coal

Paul Kelly, Missy Higgins and John Butler are among more than 80 Australian musicians, venues and music industry bodies declaring a climate emergency and calling for the Australian Government to stop new coal projects, including Adani, and phase out existing coal mines and coal-fired power stations.

In the lead-up to the 2019 election, prominent Australian musicians Dead Letter Circus and Montaigne hand-delivered a copy of the Music Scene Climate Change Declaration to Shadow Minister for the Environment Tony Burke in Sydney, as well as Dr Kerryn Phelps AM, the Minister for Wentworth. Copies of the Declaration were sent to Environment Minister Melissa Price and all sitting federal MPs and Senators.

From left: Montaigne, Dr Kerryn Phelps MP, Green Music Australia’s CEO Berish Bilander and Dead Letter Circus with the Climate Declaration. Photo: Molly Galvin

“Climate change is hurting Australians all around the country. The majority of voters want their politicians to step up, and do what is necessary to protect them and the people and places they love,” said John Butler. “Digging up and burning coal is the single biggest contributor to climate change in this country. We need to be phasing out coal mines, and coal-fired power stations as quickly as we can, not building new ones. Anyone doing otherwise is not acting in the best interests of Australians.” 

Coverage of the Declaration was featured in The Music Network, The Brag Media, Happy Mag and Greenpeace Australia. Artists and industry can continue to sign up for the Declaration at

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