Climate Emergency


On 19 of February, 2019, Council acknowledged that we are in a state of climate emergency that requires urgent action by all levels of government.

This acknowledgement recognises that, as a Council and as a community, we must take action to restore a safe climate at emergency speed.

Globally, we have recently experienced the five hottest years on record.

As the climate continues to warm, the frequency and intensity of heatwaves, floods, bushfires, storms and other extreme weather events are increasing around Australia. Climate change is also accelerating species loss and contributing to mass extinction events.

These impacts will be felt by everyone. The Maribyrnong community has already been experiencing the local impacts of climate change, and we recognise that our must vulnerable residents will be the most highly affected.

We have an important role to play in addressing climate change and ensuring our community is resilient to these impacts. Local governments have a key role in reducing emissions, engaging with and supporting their community, and undertaking advocacy to higher levels of government.

It is still possible to restore a safe climate and prevent many of the anticipated long-term climate impacts if we adopt an emergency mode of action. This will require a rapid shift to reduce emissions to zero across all sectors.

Climate Emergency Strategy

The Climate Emergency Strategy 2020-2025 was created by our community in 2020, and provides the strategic direction and high level goals for Council in our climate emergency response. Download a copy below.

Climate Emergency Action Plan

The Climate Emergency Action Plan outlines the actions Council will take over the next four years to achieve the Climate Emergency Strategy goals. It includes actions Council can take to reduce our own emissions, and to work with the community to transition to zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. Download a copy below.