The National Climate Emergency Summit held in Melbourne Feb 14-15 2020 painted a dark picture on where our climate trajectory is taking us if we fail to address out carbon emissions and our relationships with mother Earth. The Summit produced a positive action-based declaration “The Safe Climate Declaration” at its conclusion. Former Australian Coal Association president Ian Dunlop read the declaration, flanked by Carmen Lawrence. What was reassuring at the conference was the diversity of skills and leadership on climate action from very different political backgrounds….Peter Garrett and John Hewson, for example. The Safe Climate Declaration is a straight shooting document for action, a positive document of policy above policy. As the bipartisan parliamentary action on Covid-19 demonstrates, we are not beyond responding to an emergency despite our different politics.