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 just experienced the five hottest years on record.
As the climate continues to warm, the frequency and intensity of heatwaves, floods, bushfires, and extreme weather events are 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 increasingly frequent on the Great Barrier Reef, and mass fish kills are occurring in Australian rivers.
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 identifies strong, overarching goals that Council can take to prevent further contribution to climate change, and to transition to zero emissions and beyond. This Climate Emergency Strategy is the first strategic document for Council regarding the climate emergency. It is the first part of Council’s three-step response:
|Step 1 - Climate Emergency Strategy
||includes visions and high level goals to set the direction for how Council responds to the climate emergency
|Step 2 - Action Plan
||includes detailed programs, projects and actions to meet the high-level goals and visions set out in the Climate Emergency Strategy
|Step 3 - Implementation
||puts the programs, projects and actions in place.
Community development of the Climate Emergency Strategy
The Climate Emergency Strategy was written by the Climate Emergency Community Advisory Group, comprised of members of the Maribyrnong community. This Group met online from April to July 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic to develop the Strategy.
In November 2019, Council invited community members who lived, worked, studied, or owned property in the City of Maribyrnong, to nominate to be part of Council’s Climate Emergency Community Advisory Group. 64 nominations were received and 15 members were selected to make up the group. These members have a strong understanding of climate change and climate emergency and reflect the diversity of those who nominated.