Sign The Australia Institute’s petition to the Australian Parliament for a National Climate Disaster Fund funded by a levy of $1 per tonne of all coal gas and oil produced in Australia.
The horrific, intense bushfires affecting so many parts of Australia are unprecedented, but not unpredictable.
Ever since the Australia Institute first published research – more than 13 years ago it has been clear that unless global warming was addressed, more intense and frequent bushfires could hit Australia.
Every tonne of coal and gas mined in Australia ends up as more greenhouse gas being pumped into the atmosphere, fuelling climate change and making these disasters worse.
Natural disasters are estimated to currently cost Australians around $13 billion per year. These costs will rise dramatically as the frequency and intensity of fires, floods, drought and heatwaves increases as a result of climate change, unless emissions are cut.
The Australia Institute is proposing a National Climate Disaster Fund, funded by a levy of $1 per tonne of all coal gas and oil produced in Australia to help pay for some of the increasing costs of these climate disasters.
A $1 levy per tonne of carbon pollution on fossil fuel production in Australia would currently raise around $1.5 billion a year for the National Climate Disaster Fund.