In 2019, Council acknowledged that we are in a state of climate emergency that requires urgent action by all levels of government. The acknowledgement recognises that, as a Council and as a community, we must take action to restore a safe climate at emergency speed.

To meet this challenge, Council invited members of the community to join a Climate Emergency Community Advisory Group to work with Council to develop a Draft Climate Emergency Strategy.

In January 2020 the Climate Emergency Community Advisory Group was formed, and between April and July 2020, the Group worked with Council to develop the 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 guiding 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. An Adaptation Framework will be developed in parallel to this.

Step 3

Implementation:

Puts the programs, projects and actions in place.


Council sought feedback on the Draft Climate Emergency Strategy from 24 July – 6th August 2020.

The climate emergency affects us all, and we all have a role to play in responding to and reducing climate change. Council can’t do this work alone. It requires a collective, collaborative effort as a local and global community.

That’s why it was important for us to hear from you about the Draft Strategy, and your thoughts on its directions, and the visions and goals. This feedback has been incorporated in the updated Strategy as much as practicable.