Target: Prime Minister Tony Abbott
Goal: Reduce the effects of climate change by re-instituting a progressive pollution tax
Australia is the developed world’s largest polluter per capita. The previous government put in place a carbon tax which charged almost 23 American dollars per every tonne of greenhouse gases emitted, and was designed to penalize the countries’ 300 largest polluters in hopes of persuading them to stop contributing to negative climate change.
Unfortunately, according to BBC, the new government has decided to repeal this tax. The current Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, feels that the tax is too much of an economic drain on the country, as that it limits jobs and has made fossil fuels more expensive. Because of this, the tax was not warmly welcomed by the majority of Australian citizens. A major part of Abbott’s election platform was that he would repeal this tax.
In that sense, Abbott was doing right by making good on a promise that he made to his people. However, there will be very real consequences from climate change, including sea level rise. Australia is an island, and will certainly not be immune to these changes.
Please help stop Prime Minister Abbott from pulling Australia backward while most other countries are striving to move forward on climate change, by signing the petition below.
Dear Prime Minister,
I would like to start this letter by saying thank you. The carbon tax was not well received by many of your constituents, and you promised to do get rid of it. You made good on that promise, and that is certainly commendable.
However, with all due respect, the permanent damage that is being done to our atmosphere as a result of too many greenhouse gases is bigger than the happiness of a few. Australia will be one of the countries that will really feel the effects of sea level rise, one of the major consequences of climate change, which is caused by too many greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.
Although you said that you will replace the tax with a plan to pay industries for using cleaner energy and reducing emissions, because it is a taxpayer funded system this leaves room for uncertainty.
As the leader of Australia, it is your job to help turn things around for your country. Please reinstate the carbon tax.
[Your Name Here]
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