On Monday, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd raised the white flag of surrender on climate change when he announced an emissions reduction target for Australia of just 5% below 2000 levels (4% below 1990 levels).
On Tuesday, Australians gathered in capital cities to begin the community campaign to tell Kevin Rudd: ‘No surrender on climate change'.
Dear Prime Minister Rudd,
In 2007, you said you believed that climate change was "one of the greatest moral and economic challenges of our time".
Yet on Monday, 15th December 2008, you announced a greenhouse gas reduction target of just 5% below 2000 levels by 2020 for Australia - that is, 4% below 1990 levels.
Mr Rudd, 5% is unacceptable and dangerous.
A target range of 5-15% will spell the end of Australian icons like the Great Barrier Reef, Kakadu and will place even greater stress on our already struggling Murray-Darling Basin.
The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has called for developed nations to reduce their emissions by between 25-40% below 1990 levels.
We, the undersigned, are asking you to listen to the scientists and increase the target range for Australia's emission reduction to between 25-40%.
5% is not enough!