On the 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 just experienced the five hottest years on record.
As the climate continues to warm, the frequency and intensity of heatwaves, bushfires, and extreme weather events is increasing around Australia. Climate change is accelerating species loss and contributing to mass extinction events. Sea levels are putting many coastal communities at risk, coral bleaching is now evident at the Great Barrier Reef, and mass fish kills have been reported in Australian rivers.
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 from fossil fuels to renewable energy, and a change in how we interact with the environment in order to bring down emissions.
Climate Emergency Community Advisory Group
To meet this challenge, Council has invited members of the community to join a Climate Emergency Community Advisory Group, which will work with Council to develop a Climate Emergency Plan.
Nominations for the Climate Emergency Advisory Group closed on 31 December, 2019.
A panel of nominees will be selected to join the group at the end of January. All nominees will be contacted by Council to inform them of the outcome of their nomination.
The Climate Emergency Plan will identify strong, overarching goals and actions that we can take to prevent further contribution to climate issues, to tackle climate change, and to transition to zero emissions and beyond.
Council is committed to working together with our community, and with all levels of government, to ensure a return to a safe climate for future generations.