Council declares a state of Climate Emergency

At the Ordinary Council Meeting held on 25 June 2019, Council declared a state of climate emergency that requires urgent and meaningful action on climate change.

Following the declaration, Council will prepare a Climate Emergency Plan outlining how to best act on the climate emergency. 

In support of this move, Council also received a Petition with 307 signatories requesting that Brimbank Council urgently declare a state of Climate Emergency in Brimbank.

Brimbank Mayor Cr Lucinda Congreve said in declaring a state of climate emergency we recognise the impact of climate change on local communities, and will look at more ways to radically reduce greenhouse gas emissions and support those vulnerable communities most impacted by a changing climate.

“Climate emergency is widely recognised, and this declaration signals that we must, and will do more across all of Council’s service areas to help restore a safe climate.

“We are now one of about 23 Councils in Australia that support the Climate Emergency Declaration.

“We are committed to the science on climate change and the targets set through the United Nations Paris Agreement, including the need to stabilise the climate and transition to a low carbon economy.

“Through our Greenhouse Reduction Strategy 2013-2023 we continue our commitment to building an environmentally sustainable city, and achieving a 50 per cent reduction on Council’s 2011 greenhouse gas emissions by 2023,” Cr Congreve said.

In moving the notice of motion to declare a climate emergency and prepare a Climate Emergency Plan, at the Brimbank Ordinary Council Meeting on 25 June 2019, Cr John Hedditch said that climate change is a significant risk to the community, and an important issue that has the interest of communities around the world.

“It is critical that we play our part locally, and continue to look at ways we can lower our emissions and stop the impact of climate change escalating.

“We are already seeing more intense and extreme weather events such as heatwaves, bushfires, drought, heavy rainfall and flooding. We need urgent action to avoid these negative impacts on our community, and particularly help our most vulnerable communities.

“Globally, we are witnessing a rapid decline in biodiversity, with a recent United Nations backed report outlining that up to 1 million species are on the brink of extinction.

“Responding to the climate emergency will require a whole-of-Council approach - setting effective measures that are delivered on the right scale and at the right time, and driven by all levels of government, Cr Hedditch said.