Fund the Climate Emergency with the Money Allocated for Obsolete Attack-class Submarines

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A climate emergency has clearly been unfolding: right now, throughout Australia. We must rapidly change the current arrangements. There are actions that can be taken now. Immediate redirection of funds for protection and restoration of Nature is required.

Addressing the current fire emergency must occur NOW with the application of Australian Defence Force resources.

$325billion has been promised to several military mega-projects: by the current Government with support of the Labor Opposition.

Submarines will cost $225bn alone. The first is not due till 2050 yet money is being poured out to Naval, a French weapons corporation and other transnational corporations which specialise in hi-tech military equipment.

The submarines are highly contested: claims are that they will be obsolete, pointless, made-in-France, unlikely to work with US partners and expensive. Between May and December 2019, the estimated cost escalated from $100bn to a massive $225bn.

The money should be applied immediately to the climate emergency. Climate change can be stopped and reversed using Nature's own mechanisms. 

The Australian Defence Force are best positioned by far to address this crisis in Australia. They have the organisational capacity, skills and access to equipment and materials required. Together with health and social institutions, the ADF can make a huge difference.

Veterans and serving members of the ADF understand recovery and healing. Call on them now.


 

 

Addressed to

  • Minister Linda Reynolds (Minister of Defence), Hon. Richard Marles (Shadow Minister of Defence),
  • Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese,
  • Minister and Shadow Minister for Defence Industries, Members of the "National Security Committee"
  • Chief of Defence General Angus Campbell

Our petition:

We petition you to agree to allow the temporary, or permanent, redirection of money allocated for the Attack Class Submarines to the Climate Emergency.

  • Deploy ADF human and material resources to the current fire emergency and to fight future fire emergencies.
  • Deploy ADF resources to secure Australian communities and landscapes in the face of the Climate Emergency and to assist immediate recovery efforts.
  • Deploy ADF resources to protect and restore Nature as a practical response to global heating.

We see it is pragmatic at this moment to redirect military spending to the actual crises being faced by communities in Australia.


Wage Peace Graphic from May 2019: NB massive increase in costs.

References

  1. Cost of Submarines sails past $200bn
  2. Government Must Explain Project Decisions
  3. Thunberg and Monbiot: A Short Film on the Climate Crisis
  4. Billion dollar cost blowouts and delays hit defence projects 


Wage Peace happens on Sovereign Aboriginal Land - mostly Sovereign Yidindji Government Land - but also on the land of the Bunjalung and the Ngunnawal people. We acknowledge the Tribal Authority of the people on whose Land we live.  

Those of us working on the project are around the country and we invite you to play/volunteer with us. or donate!

Who's signing

Dawn Shipley
Hilary Stewart
Brendan Cameron
Rashid Omarjee
Natalie McIntosh
Linda Farrell
Trevor Haynes
Denise Jones
Diana Pittock
Malcolm Robins
Denis Golding
Alydia Stekhoven
Peter Simmonds
Chrissie Groan
Adriana Perrin
Susan Doyle
Jen Allison Sheed
Brianna Fitzsimmons
Flynn Smedman
Patricia Preston
John O'Brien
John Wurcker
Laurelle Murphy
Barbara Moore
Cy Fahey
Greg Carman
Marian Kearney
Mimsy Grace
Luke Mulders
Peta Swarbrick
1,151 signatures

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  • Dawn Shipley
    signed 2020-05-29 11:52:01 +1000
  • Hilary Stewart
    signed 2020-04-03 17:18:18 +1100
  • Brendan Cameron
    signed 2020-03-15 21:28:27 +1100
  • Rashid Omarjee
    signed 2020-02-27 19:38:26 +1100
  • Natalie McIntosh
    signed 2020-02-26 06:56:16 +1100
  • Linda Farrell
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  • Trevor Haynes
    signed 2020-02-16 18:21:21 +1100
  • Denise Jones
    signed 2020-02-13 12:07:57 +1100
  • Diana Pittock
    signed 2020-02-11 15:22:42 +1100
    I am 80 and have been aware for 45 years or so of the climate science from the late 70’s warning of the possible effects of rising CO2 likely to cause extreme events. Our national decision-makers have ignored the science and are now faced with the destruction and grief caused by fire and flood which was forecast by the scientists. This is your opportunity to rectify such blindness by putting the $s for submarines into resources for a safe future for our residents, farmers, animals and environment. Respect Indigenous knowledge too. I live on Boon Wurrung land.
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  • John O'Brien
    signed 2020-02-10 17:37:16 +1100
    it’s quite apparent
  • John Wurcker
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  • Laurelle Murphy
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  • Barbara Moore
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  • Greg Carman
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  • Marian Kearney
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