Zali Steggall calls on government to respond to escalating climate threat

31 July 2023

I have written to the government, together with other members of the crossbench, Zoe Daniel, Allegra Spender, Kylea Tink, Helen Haines, Kate Chaney, David Pocock, Sophie Scamps, Monique Ryan and Andrew Wilke to call on the government to respond to the escalating climate threat. 

Dear Prime Minister and Minister Bowen

We, the undersigned, are writing in response to the increasingly dire news globally on climate change. On Friday morning, the Secretary General of the United Nations warned that we have progressed beyond global warming and are now in a period of global boiling. He warned of unbreathable air and unbearable temperatures to come.

We call on the government to:

  1. Respond publicly to the global evidence of increasing warming;
  2. Urgently update policy settings to reflect the reality that we must do everything possible to end Australia’s contribution to global boiling;
  3. Cease approving new fossil fuel projects; and
  4. Develop a national adaptation plan to build resilience against the climate impacts already being felt and their increasing intensity and frequency

See full letter and link below.