Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Share your feedback on steps we can take together on climate change for our Climate Emergency Action Plan.
Council has joined 840 local governments from 18 countries in declaring a ‘Climate Emergency’ and is taking action to reverse trends that could affect our environment, economy and society.
The term ‘Climate Emergency’ describes the urgent need for action to protect vital ecosystems being destroyed as global average temperatures, atmospheric greenhouse gases, and ocean acidity reach dangerous levels.
A 2018 report from the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) predicts severe economic, social and environmental impacts if global temperatures continue to rise at current rates.
Locally, these predictions have been echoed by the CSIRO, with new modelling showing impacts across Melbourne such as increased temperatures, more intense rainfall events, rising sea levels, more hot days and extreme fire weather for longer periods.
Mayor of Bayside, Cr Clarke Martin said declaring a climate emergency was another step for Council, which is already taking action.
“Bayside is a coastal municipality and with 17km of shoreline vulnerable to sea-level rise and storm surges, we are already experiencing first-hand the effects of climate change.” Cr Martin said.
“We are currently developing a plan for projects and programs with residents, businesses and other organisations to accelerate efforts to reduce greenhouse emissions and embed community resilience to climate change.”