CASE – Climate Action for a Safe Environment – is a community group formed in the Curtin electorate in April 2015. Convenor Chilla Bulbeck and Climate Leader Dinny Laurence invite you to add your voice and ask Julie Bishop to "Make us proud in Paris, Julie" at the UN climate talks later this year.
Getting involved with CASE
- collected over 4300 signatures on our petition
- delivered or sponsored over 50 letters to the minister
- written a submission to the government’s discussion on the UN climate talks process.
On Thursday 21st May, we presented the petition in a French delegation (30 people including 2 musicians) to Julie Bishop's office, to ask her as lead UN climate talks negotiator, to 'Make us Proud in Paris, Julie'.
You can add your voice to the campaign by sending a personally written letter (click here for some tips). You can also edit and send our standard email, sign our online petition and like our Facebook page.
CASE came together because we believe there is a real chance that Julie Bishop will respond to business and community voices on this most vital issue.
In two meetings, one with Climate Reality leader Dinny Laurence and the other with CASE convenor Chilla Bulbeck, the minister gave indications that she is aware of the issues and the need for strong action on climate change.
- accepted the necessity to keep global warming within 2 degrees above pre-industrial levels;
- acknowledged the threat to Pacific nations of global warming;
- was evidently proud of Australia’s $200m contribution to the Green Climate Fund; attended the UN climate talks in Lima against the Prime Minister’s wishes;
- In a media interview, acknowledged that the renewable energy target was not intended to be a limit on the amount of energy that should be produced from renewable sources.
Unfortunately, the minister accepts the line taken in the first government paper on the UN climate talks process that Australia is a special economic case because the economy relies heavily on coal to fire our power stations and as an export commodity. Numerous studies demonstrate that Australia will suffer if we do not move to renewable energy, most recently one from the ANU.
While the minister may be most responsive to economic arguments, concerning:
- the cost to agriculture and tourism from global warming
- the need to move with our trading partners into renewables if the economy is not to experience a recession caused by relying on mining ‘stranded’ coal reserves
- the budgetary costs of infrastructure repair following superstorms, sea level rise, cyclones, bush fires and droughts,
Wherever you are, please join the conversation to tell Julie Bishop that ambitious action on climate change is the only way to protect our economy as well as our lives and our future.