Democracy in action! Climate petitions handed over to MPs
What happens when a nun, a Pentecostal and two Anglicans walk into their local MP’s office?
Jo Knight, Tom Allen and Yen Daly from TEAR Australia, and Elizabeth Young, a Sister of Mercy, met with their local MP Adam Bandt in July - and had a really positive response! This group of passionate Christians presented him with their signed Climate Action Petition and asked him to support more action on climate change.
Tom says: “He agreed to make a speech in parliament presenting the petition when it resumes in August and have it entered into parliamentary records.”
Please continue to pray for volunteers as they collect signatures across the country and present their petitions to their MPs over August and September
The Climate Action Petition is the biggest faith-based, multi-electorate pen and paper petition in our history, calling for stronger action on climate change. Petitions are being presented simultaneously in almost 100 federal electorates across Australia.
In Western Australia, a group of church leaders and TEAR Australia's WA Coordinator Steve McKinnon presented the petition to Perth MP Tim Hammond.
In the electorate of Deakin in Melbourne, Christians from local Uniting Churches and other community representatives, including TEAR National Director Matthew Maury, presented the petition to Member for Deakin, Michael Sukkar.
The Climate Action Petition is being supported by a coalition of faith-based organisations including Renew Our World/ TEAR Australia, Australian Religious Response to Climate Change, Caritas Australia, Catholic Earthcare, Common Grace, Edmund Rice Centre, Pacific Calling Partnership and the Uniting Church in Australia.
It’s been amazing to be part of this as we all join together to speak up to our politicians on this crucial issue of climate change and its effect on our brothers and sisters around the world.