The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change by the United Nations estimates that, on current emissions reductions commitments, the world is on track to burn the remaining 1.5°C carbon budget within the next 3 to 10 years. Our summer’s extreme weather events demonstrates immediate action is urgent. ‘Hottest summer day’ records have continued to become an annual routine here in Australia. Heat-related illness death tolls steadily climb. In Tasmania, thousands of hectares of thousand-year old forest burns. In North-West Queensland floods caused by monsoonal rain have killed up to 300,000 cattle. In late November, extreme heat killed a third of Australia’s flying foxes in just two days - a species critical to pollinating many native trees. Furthermore, climate and ecosystem tipping points pose unfathomable and irreversible consequences. If trends continue the coming years will see frighteningly incessant and violent events. We need to act now. It is in this context that both major Australian political parties give their staunch support for the Adani Carmichael coal mine in central Queensland. The Queensland state government has given Adani unlimited access to water from the Great Artesian Basin for the next 60 years. It is projected that the completed mine, at peak production, will contribute more annual emissions than Bangladesh, a nation of 160 million people. The exact scale of damage it will deal to the area’s delicate ecosystem is difficult to predict. What is certain, though, is that the mine will open the region for more corporate interest: Adani’s Australian chief executive, Jeyakumar Janakaraj, insists that “more mines will go there because we are building a 100-million-tonne railway and a 120-million-tonne port.” An expansion in coal mining is incompatible with a rapid transition to a renewable energy. In light of these circumstances, we, the undersigned, commend and support students who are using their academic, civic and ethical learning on politicians to demand action on climate change. As teachers and parents, we spend our entire professional and home lives teaching children and young people to be thinkers and take responsibility for their actions. We applaud them for their concern for our planet and their conviction to stand up for change to demand urgent action on climate change.
TeachersMadeleine Hetherton, NSW, Maroubra Bay Public School, Volunteer Ethics TeacherMark Goudkamp, NSW, Beverly Hills GHS, Refugee Support LeaderGrace Myers, SA, Goodwood Primary School, Chinese language teacherElizabeth Cain, VIC, Beaumaris Secondary College, Science and Geography teacherMichael Cummings, NSW, Forestville Public School, Primary EthicsKatharine Winter, NSW, Business, Community Services, Mental Health, TESOLNaomi Farmer, VIC, Baringa School, Primary teacherCatherine Van, VIC, Merkestein Sunbury and Macedon Ranges Specialist School, Art teacherStephanie Raybould, VIC, Sunbury and Macedon Ranges Specialist School Fozia Mansoor, SA, Early Childhood Educator.Keith Burrows, VIC, Retired Physics teacherHans Mayerhofer, NSW, Newton High school, Social Sciences teacherKerry Hill, VIC, Hawthorn West Primary SchoolManolya Moustafa, VIC, Lakeview Senior College, Science teacherJorge Jorquera, VIC, Primary TeacherCameron Gaffney, QLD, Saint Peter Claver CollegeMark Comans, NSW, Secondary English TeacherTess Lee Ack, VIC, Victorian School of Languages, Retired teacherReem Yunis, VIC, Cranbourne East Secondary College, Maths/Science/Chemistry teacherJill Dumsday, VIC, Biology and Environmental Science teacher, retiredNatasha Brown, VIC, Primary Science teacherSue Ensor, VIC, Humanities teacherPete Davidson, NSW, Visual Arts and Technology & Applied Studies TeacherMarie Brennan, VIC, University, TeacherAdam Bulman, Vic, Secondary, Maths/Physics/Science teacherBeth Muldoon, VIC, Primary School TeacherCheril Kemp, VIC, Generalist PrimaryEmmanuelle Emile- Blake, VIC, Primary Science TeacherAlexandra McCallum, QLD, IES College, Academic English (ESL)Duncan Hillier, VIC, Fitzroy High School, Physics/Science teacherRod Perry , High school, Retired Science and physical education teacherStephan Kubicki, VIC, Lakeview Senior CollegeAnna Papamanos, VIC, Lakeview Senior, English/VCD/Philosophy teacherAnna Fee, VIC, Lakeview Senior College, VCE English & Media teacherLynne Donohue, VIC, Lakeview Senior college, Accounting teacherJennifer Killen, NSW, Public Education, Mathematics teachersCameron Rowe, VIC, Impact Language College, ESLDaisy Farnham, Darwin High School, English teacherKirsty Leahy, VIC, High School, Geography teacherTim Bailey, VIC, Marist College Bendigo, Outdoor Education and Mathematics teacherMaria Mouratidou Early Childhood TeacherSilvia Ormeno, NSW, Cabramatta High School, EAL/D Teacher, ESL SupportJohn Morris, NSW, Canterbury Bankstown branch Secretary, TeacherHelen Conidaris, NSW, Teacher and librarianDavid Boston, VIC, Moomba Park Primary School, Prep teacherFairlie Mackinnon, VIC, Secondary School, Humanities teacherRuth Gledhill, Relief teacherJo Williams, VIC, Secondary teacherLourdes Garcia Larque, VIC, Spanish Language teacherJill Trotter, retired teacherDominic Brash, VIC, Coburg High SchoolLucy Honan, VIC, Secondary school, Humanities teacherPaul Robson, NSW, NSWTF, Infants/Primary teacherNicholas Sgro-Traikovski, VIC, The University of Melbourne, Italian, Linguistics and Mathematics teacherJacqueline Storey, VIC, University, Development Studies teacherLachlan Gale, VIC, Primary teacherTara creek, VIC, Wallan Secondary College, Environmental science teacherAndrew Tanner, VIC, RNLD, TeacherBianca Hewes, NSW, NBSC: Manly Campus, English and Philosophy teacher Astrid Judge, VIC, Literacy and language teacherMatthew Schulz, SA, Gawler and District College B-12 HASS Ian Smerd, SA, Retired English teacherSarah, SA, History and English teacherAna Freeman, NSW, Rahamim Ecology Centre, Online EducatorAnna Angel, QLD, Brisbane State High School, English teacherLauren Sutter, SA, Visual Art and Photography teacherCath McEwen, SA, Woodside, Director at Bush PlayAnnie Rathbone, TAS, LNPS Primary schoolDonna Monish, TAS, St Helens District High, Primary teacherJoss Hine, TAS, Parklands High School, Design and Technology teacher Abigail Haight, TAS, Tasman District School, English teacherAbbey Lord, TAS, SHDHS, Maths & Science teacherDonna Harris, TAS, Primary and STEM teacherStuart Lord, TAS, SHDHS, Maths & Science teacherHana Sabbagh, VIC, Findon Primary School, Classroom teacher Norrian Rundle, VIC, RetiredRom Springall, TAS, eSchool teacherJ. Guebala, VIC, Mill park secondary college, PE teacher Trish McPhee, TAS, Latrobe High, Maths and Science teacherPaul.Langerak, TAS, Primary teacherKatie Lowther, TAS, Don College, VET Hospitality & Kitchen Operations teacherPenny Sowter, TAS, Mt Nelson Primary SchoolJennifer Rodman, TAS, Latrobe High School, Humanities teacher Vincent Van de Vusse, TAS, VET teacherLach Valentine, TAS, Hobart College, Philosophy teacherBill Albion, TAS, Rosny College, Environmental Science teacherSharyn Clarke, SA, Mitcham Girls High School, English and HASS teacherFreya Bundey, ACT, Caroline Chisholm School, Mathematics and HaSS teacherRoss Barwick, TAS, TasTAFE, Community Services teacherMaxine Whitehill, SA, Retired Preschool teacherSandra Jenkins, TAS, Latrobe High School, Art teacherSam Noonan, VIC, Media and Drama teacher Sean Bradley, TAS, St Marys District School, English teacherSadia Schneider, VIC, Kaplan International English, English teacherEmma Radford, TAS, Latrobe High School, Art teacherDeborah Pennington, QLD, Guidance Officer, Northern Region, teacherChris Bowen SA, Primary, Special Ed teacher. Lola Hill, VIC, Private tutoringCaroline Corrigan, TAS, Clarendon Vale Primary, Early Childhood teacherCourtney Guthrie, VIC, Princes Hill Secondary College, HumanitiesGreg Bantick, QLD, teacher of traditional Chinese medicineHamish McCoy, VIC, Princes Hill Secondary College, Science/Maths teacherSean Nihill, VIC, Secondary, Music teacherLinda Davis, QLD, Townsville State High School, Migrant Ed Coordinator Anna Demarco, TAS, Sacred Heart Catholic School, Early Years TeacherMrs Mannell, NSW, Northern Beaches, Learning SupportRosemary Plumb, ACT, Duffy Primary schoolMary Guebala, VIC, Primary teacherElspeth Blunt, VIC, Thornbury High School, teacherAdam Skinner, NSW, Ryde-Macquarie Teachers Association Kathleen Pleasants, VIC, University teacher, Outdoor & Environmental EducationAdam Skinner, NSW, Ryde-Macquarie Teachers Association Will Hone, VIC, Camberwell Grammar School, English and HistoryPauline Mead ,SA, Secondary, Humanities teacher Holly Cunningham, VIC, teacherKaren Crutchlow, Kip McGrath Education Centre, Maths & EnglishSue Tyrie, VIC, Princes Hill Secondary College, teacherDaniel Hillier, NSW, University of Newcastle, HumanitiesHayden Stuart, NSW, Avondale, Science teacherAndrew Sutton, VIC, Mackillop College, Mathematics, Physics and Science teacherBrigitte Kupfer, Tending the Children's Fire, Relational and Conversational SkillsJ Corless, VIC, Christian College Geelong, English and History teacherRachel Lowe, QLD, Riverside Christian College, Year 6 teacherG Brown, VIC, Secondary, Outdoor EducationSimon Little, NSW, St Clares High School Taree, English teacherMichaela Gregory, VIC, Christian College Geelong, English & DramaSally Darlison, VIC, St Andrews Christian College, Art teacher Claire Dawson, VIC, Bayside Christian College, Careers & VET CoordinatorLisa Sacristani, VIC, DCC, ENG/Hums teacherCarl Rusbridge, VIC, Weeroona College Bendigo, School ChaplainJohn Mardell, SA, Science and Biology teacher, retiredJohn Eaton Relief Teacher Perth WA, Retired English TeacherMatthew Pettett, NSW, Chatswood high schoolMarg Howard, VIC, Teacher.Sally Dilks, VIC, Castlemaine North Primary School, Grade 1/2 TeacherPeter Pickett, TAS, New Town High School, Drama and Support TeacherLeon Close, NSW, Ulladulla High school, Technology teacherAzlan McLennan, VIC, Kaplan International English, ESLDavid Linden, VIC, Tarneit P-9 College, Music TeacherAmy Godfrey, VIC, English Ali Thwaites, VIC, Primary School TeacherEmily Missen, VIC, French teacherDean Moss, NSW, Billabong High School, Legal StudiesClaire Akhbari, VIC, ESL teacher, University of Melbourne tutor Andrew Gaunt Jones, Ability English - English languageJacqui Scott, VIC, Primary CRTAnge Connell, ESL teacherOrlando, Ability English, ESL teacherJudy Pemberton, SA, Primary School TeacherLeisel Underwood, SLSA Education OfficerLiz Hollanders, TAS, Bruny District SchoolBrooke Butler, NSW, Alesco Illawarra, Science and Mathematics teacherKate Reese, QLD, Toowoomba District TRS, P-10 teacherSean Nihill, VIC, Instrumental Music Teacher across a number of schoolsByron Lawrie, QLD, Pine Rivers Special School, Early Years Phys EdSteinfort, VIC, Princes Hill secondary college, science teacherJamiel Sabbagh, VIC, High School, Science teacherAnna Tilley, VIC, Princes Hill Secondary College, MathsSandy Wilder, teacherMarie Giampiccolo, VIC, PHSC, MathematicsGrant McMurdo, VIC, Princes Hill SC, Politics, History, EnglishMarcellene D'Menzie, Vic, Princes Hill SC, English, EAL, HumanitiesSophie Maxwell, VIC, Princes Hill Secondary College, Humanities, Psychology and ScienceTim Paoli, VIC, Princes Hill Secondary College, BiologyTracy Carroll, Vic, Princes Hill Secondary College, Drama and Theatre StudiesSophie Peters, VIC, Princes Hill SC< Victoria English & HumanitiesLauren Mack, VIC, Latrobe High School, Tasmania, English, History, Geography Doug Hendry, VIC, Princes Hill Secondary College, Art teacherNikilia Tsolakis, VIC, Princes Hill SC, French teacherJule, VIC, Princes Hill SC, Visual Arts teacherJenny McLeod, VIC, Princes Hill SecondaryKim Best, VIC, Princes Hill SC. Library TechShane Moore, VIC, PHSC, Design teacherMichaela Boelling, NSW, Geography and History teacherKatharine Winter, NSW, Business, Mental Health, Comm Services, Child Protection, Social Justice, Community Building, Management, Health StudiesAnne Mason, VIC, retired VCE Biology teacherKurt, VIC, Design and Technology teacherJohn Waller, Lorne P-12 College, MusicPaul, Ability English - ESL Mary-Rose McLaren, VIC, Victoria University, EducationM.Floudiotis, Princes Hill Secondary College, VIC, Career Practitioner Thea Hanson, WA, Teacher SupportLisa Mcphee, NSW, PDHPEKiri Theo, NSW, Science teacherKate Purnell, Victoria, Occupational Therapist, teacherAmanda Peters, VIC, Mooroolbark College, Science and MathsPeter Miller, ACT, Gungahlin CollegeDavid Lott, VIC, Agriculture and Science teacherDr. Francesca Lott, VIC, Animal TechnologyErin Shannon, NT, Nightcliff Middle School, English teacher