Have your say on plan to tackle climate emergency
Brimbank Council has developed its first draft Climate Emergency Plan and is now seeking community comment.
Council declared a climate emergency in June and the draft Climate Emergency Plan is its next step to taking action as a whole community to limit global warming.
Brimbank Mayor, Cr Georgina Papafotiou said the final Plan would be taken into account in all decision making and the climate emergency response will focus and coordinate all Council’s work until the emergency is declared ended.
‘Council acknowledges this is a period of climate emergency, and urgent action is needed to help restore a safe climate. Most important is that we transition at speed away from fossil fuels and towards 100 per cent renewable energy such as solar, wind, and water.
‘Brimbank is one of the hottest and driest municipalities in metropolitan Melbourne and the impact of an ongoing and compounding hotter and drier trend will be significant.
‘Council, in its own operations has already taken action with a commitment to a 50 per cent reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2023,’ Cr Papafotiou said.
The draft Climate Emergency Plan has five key themes to achieve transformation and related actions that include:
- Establish a representative Brimbank Climate Emergency Citizens Assembly
- Develop a pathway to zero net emissions for the municipality
- Source 100 per cent renewable electricity by 2021 for all Council buildings and streetlights
- Protect and restore Brimbank’s natural environment and waterways to stop the loss of local species
- Advocate to the Victorian Government to declare a climate emergency, and legislate both a price on carbon pollution and a 100 per cent renewable energy target in Victoria for 2030.
Council endorsed the draft Brimbank Climate Emergency Plan 2020-2025 for community consultation at the 10 December Ordinary Council Meeting.
Public feedback can be provided till 26 February 2020. To provide feedback visit brimbank.vic.gov.au/haveyoursay
The final Plan will be submitted to the Victorian Government as a pledge in accordance with the provisions in the Victorian Climate Change Act 2019.