I’m Emma Heyink, a 15 year old student from Margaret River.

Will you join me and people across Australia, signing an open letter in support for ECoCeQ and this legal intervention?

I’ve watched national parks burn and friends flee their homes when bushfires ripped through Margaret River, most recently in 2021. I’ve seen first hand the effects of climate change on people and nature, which is why I’m calling for climate action to protect my future and the future of others and our environment.

With a new Environment Minister, I think we have a huge opportunity to finally get action on climate change to protect our living wonders.

Add your name to this open letter, and let's ask Minister Plibersek to finally face the facts, and act.

The Hon Tanya Plibersek MP
Minister for the Environment
PO Box 6022
House of Representatives
Parliament House

By email: [email protected]

11 July 2022

Dear Minister Plibersek,

We write to you from all parts of this country: from the mountains and cities, towns and regional areas, from the bush and the beach, from right across Australia’s deserts, plains and valleys.

We write this letter to you in support the Environment Council of Central Queensland’s applications, which ask you to reconsider the decisions made by previous Ministers for the Environment in relation to 19 gas and coal proposals which await your approval. 

Together, we call on you, as our new Environment Minister, to face our shared climate reality, listen to the science, and act.

The science is unequivocal. From extreme fire to ocean heatwaves and acidification, drought to extreme rainfall and flooding, we are already seeing the physical impacts of climate change across the country.

The evidence is clear. Every tonne of greenhouse gas emissions counts. New gas and coal projects are likely to have a significant impact on our planet. At risk are Australia’s most iconic animals, ecosystems and places.

This is about all of it. Koalas, green turtles, bilbies, dugongs, platypuses and Tassie devils. It’s about birds that traverse the planet to nest in our internationally protected wetlands, and whales that nurse their calves in our seas. It’s about delicate alpine ecosystems, thunderous waterfalls, miraculous deserts and ochre-toned escarpments. It’s about the living cultural heritage of First Nations people. It’s about Kakadu. The Tarkine. The Reef.

And it’s about all of the extraordinary animals, reptiles, birds, plants, heritage and places we want our children and their children to know and love.

It’s time to face this. The impact of extracting and burning more fossil fuels on Australia’s natural wonders would be catastrophic.

We, as concerned people from all corners of this continent, are jointly calling on you, as our Environment Minister, to face our shared reality, listen to the science and ensure all environmental assessments of new gas and coal projects are evidence-based.

The future is not yet written. However, our federal environmental laws will not work in the way that was intended unless you take this step to recognise the catastrophic impact that the emissions created by burning fossil fuels are having on our climate and on our living wonders.

The fate of Australia’s living wonders – and all of the unique animals, plants, ecosystems and places we all love – depends on it.

Thank you for hearing us.

Yours faithfully,

Emma Heyink,
Margaret River

and the undersigned

Add your name to this open letter by filling out this form:

Emma will deliver this open letter to our environment minister, Tanya Plibersek, in coming weeks.

She will let you know when the Minister replies.

Signatories

Helen and Jos van den Berg, Niddire

Sean Bowes, Sydenham

Oliver Ray, Enmore

Andrew Carr, Dover Heights

Cath Price, Subiaco

Tienne Pethica , Margaret River

Catriona Carver, Banksia

Monica Gendi , Elermore Vale

Daniel Endicott, Islington

Nicola Rivers, Macedon

Christine Fox, Waurn Ponds

Frances  Bailey , Gorokan

Declan Cass-Hunter, Mount Gravatt East

Andrew Bowe, Frewville

Patricia Rose, LAVENDER BAY

Brigid Dowsett, Gladesville

Kathryn  Catterick , New Town

Vidya Scarfe, Wendouree

Alexander  Glatter, Blackwood

Katherine May, Shrewsbury

Oceana Noonan, Margaret River

Beatrix Jones, Moss Vale

Bruce Key, WEST WODONGA

Jeny  Perryman , Strathlea

Libby Laird, Maules Creek

Lucas Blackman, Hammond Park

Susan Axford, Chillingham

Wendy Royston, Brunswick Heads

Marcelle Coakley, HAMILTON HILL

Thea Lange, Brunswick East

Pip Griffiths, Mount Hawthorn

Carolyn Hay, Noosaville

Peter  Kash , Sussex Inlet

Dr Rod Anderson, Earlwood

Daniel Sargeant, Ormiston

Adam McNeil, Port Macquarie

Lorna Zhulan, Tathra

Shaun Murray, Marrickville

Naomi Hodgson, Hamilton

Barbara McKinlay, Adventure Bay

Steve Meacher, TOOLANGI

Ainslee Hunter, Surry Hills

Malcolm Robins, Castlemaine

Trevor Scott, Long Jetty

Grace McCaughey, Johnsville

Judith Durston, Euroa

Daniel  Forrest , Pennant Hills

Ros Hoatson, Terrigal

Peter Butler, East Corrimal

Alastair Carnegie, Malvern

Nicky Page, Aldinga

Kerry Knights, Wy Yung

Les Johnston, Balmain

Cate Coleman, Brunswick

Margaret Sinclair, Belgrave

Nicola Boyle, Fitzroy

Elisha Romeril, Caulfield North

Taryn Sadler, St Kilda East

Kathryn Lewis, Armadale

Martin Smee, Port Elliot

Alice Hardinge, Launching Place

Margaret Clough, Ainslie

Karen Oliver, Gladesville

Kaelee Cannan, Hayborough

Rae Begley, Bronte

Kylie Jones, Caloundra

Harriet Mantell, Collingwood

Peter Sainsbury, DARLING POINT

Peta  Coward, Mount Waverley

Jo Boyle, Brunswick

Deborah Coulthard, Kalbarri

Martin Smee, Port Elliot

Alice Hardinge, Launching Place

Margaret Clough, Ainslie

Karen Oliver, Gladesville

Kaelee Cannan, Hayborough

Rae Begley, Bronte

Greer Allen, Kyneton

Anna Lewis, Nicholls

Krystyna Broad, Ardross

Greer Allen, Kyneton

Katherine Wilson, Southbank

LEIGH PACKETT, Gracemere

Bianca Sands, URANGAN

Jeannie Marsh, Ripponlea

Emer Diviney, Coburg

Frank Ransome, Palmerston

Nina Errey, SOUTH HURSTVILLE

Fern Huck, Attadale

Leisa Burrell , Marayong Heights

Jo Ballantyne, Careypark

Anne Too, Cooks Hill

Julie Moffat, Erskineville

Judith Darby, Geraldton

Louise Kyle, Elwood

Imogen McGillivray, Glen Iris

Bastian Squibb, Giralang

Hong Vu, Footscray

Dornell Wylie, Hendra

Michelle Boyle, ASHGROVE

Tahlia Ludlow, Bondi

Frances Lightfoot, Potts Point

Heather Pow, Hamilton

Nicole Cary, Calwell

Sue Cowie, East Ballina

Janet Mayer, Foxground

Brian Wilson, Long Jetty

Howard R Jones, Foxground

Kathryn Hubble, Bicton

Linda Charlton, Nundah

Jacqueline  Bruce, Beaconsfield

Mark Abrahamson, Seaton

paul bambrick, yeppoon

Anthea Falkenberg, Hawthorndene

Daniela Osiander, Surry Hills

Ella Mulvey, Karridale

Peter Chandler, Donnybrook

Cj Johnston, Busselton

Jacqui Scott, Caboolture

Nico Aditya, Sinnamon Park

Michele Grubnic, Glen Waverley

Michelle Rawson, Epping

Michelle Rawson, Epping

Felicity Jefferson, Camperdown

eve  fletcher , perth

Lou Coles, Torquay

anne boyd, balaclava

Frank Marano, Five Dock

Kimberley Borchard, Carlton

Alice Gregory, Margaret River

Tracey Gregory, Cowaramup

Maddie Diamond, Crookwell

Claire Tutton, Geraldton

Robert Dawlings, Alphington

Catherine Jetter, Kaleen

Nelle Clocherty-Coumbe, Margaret River

Elizabeth Wade, Ballarat East

Tessa Fluence, Coburg

Mark Heyink, Margaret River

Donna  Livingstone , Margaret River

Sarah Carlisle, Tarragindi

Isabel Kimpton, Brunswick

 

And 1232 more…