My Open Letter to the Prime Minister

The Hon. Scott Morrison, MP
Prime Minister
Parliament House


Wednesday January 8, 2020

Dear Prime Minister,

I am writing to you to express my concern for the effect’s climate change is having on our nation including the people, flora and fauna. I do not believe you need me to tell you this bushfire season has been unprecedented, with horrific outcomes for our natural environment, communities and vulnerable people. The scale and intensity of the current bushfire emergency is nothing like we have seen before in our history.

There is overwhelming consensus amongst experts including scientists, those working on the front line of the fires and the communities affected by the fires, that the extreme events of 2019 and 2020 have been exacerbated by the effects of climate change. We have witnessed drought, above average temperatures and record-breaking heatwaves, all of which are all making an enormous contribution to these mega fires. I feel fear and anxiety for the world my children will inherit.

I want the Australian federal government to acknowledge that we are in a climate crisis and we need urgent action now. Therefore, I call upon the federal government to take action on the following three areas to ensure a safe future for all of our children and our natural environment:

  • Complete divestment from fossil fuels
  • Development and implementation of a zero-carbon plan for Australia
  • Investment in carbon sequestration and reforestation initiatives

Mr. Morrison, I am not asking you to believe in climate change. Climate change is not a belief system, it is science and it is here now.

However, I am asking you, do you want to be remembered as the prime minister who left his country during its worst disaster in history and was heckled by fire ravaged communities? Or, do you want to be remembered as the prime minister who did everything in his power to ensure a sustainable and safe future for his nation?

Yours sincerely,


Samantha Rodgers


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