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Climate Declaration Intro

THERE’S NO MUSIC ON A DEAD PLANET!

SIGN THE DECLARATION

The world’s leading climate scientists have warned that there are only 12 years to act to keep global warming to a maximum of 1.5C, beyond which even half a degree with significantly worsen the risks of extreme weather and heat, drought, floods and poverty for hundreds of millions of people.

Musicians, record labels, booking agents, management companies and distributors across our country recognise the serious threat climate change poses. We call on all politicians to take urgent action. Collectively, we create a choir of voices that are loud and proud in calling on all politicians to take urgent action.

We, the undersigned, demand that all levels of government:

  • Take action on climate change as a priority;
  • Bring Australia’s Paris emissions targets into line with what the science and independent
    experts recommend: a cut of 45-65% on our 2005 levels by 2030;
  • Take urgent and serious action to cut carbon pollution through strong reduction incentives;
  • Completely withdraw from the Adani Carmichael mine, rail and port project;
  • Ban all new coal mines and power stations; and
  • End all public subsidies for fossil fuel projects, industrial animal agriculture, and shift funds
    to renewable energy projects and put electric vehicle incentives in place.

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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, 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

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