Climate Emergency

On 13 August 2019, the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council unanimously declared a Climate Emergency, calling for immediate and urgent action to reverse global warming. Find out more about this declaration and how you can be involved.

For more information about Climate Emergency, please refer to this background information paper(PDF, 349KB).

The Climate Emergency motion reads as follows:

  1. The Mornington Peninsula Shire Council notes its 2014 commitment to carbon neutrality and:

a. Acknowledges that current levels of global warming and future warming already committed constitute nothing less than a climate emergency for most life on this planet, requiring an emergency response by all levels of government, including local government;

b. Resolves to develop a Climate Emergency Action Plan to guide the climate emergency response by Council, to be prepared by the Chief Executive Officer within six months of the date of this resolution; and

c. Undertakes to work with the Mornington Peninsula community to raise awareness of the climate emergency and support community action to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and build resilience.

2. The Mornington Peninsula Shire Council calls upon the Australian State and Federal Governments to:

a. Declare a climate emergency; and

b. Back this up with legislated programs to drive emergency action to reduce greenhouse gases and meet the lower target of the Paris Agreement to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees.

View the Council Meeting Minutes. Find out more information on the declaration and what the Councillors said in the media release.

Update

After engaging with over 500 community members through our survey, pop-up stalls at markets, and focus groups, the Climate Emergency Action Plan is now being developed. We were overwhelmed and inspired by the support and ambition of the community and hope to reflect this in the Plan. Thank you again to everyone involved.

The Climate Emergency Action Plan draft will be on public exhibition in mid-2020, at which point you can review it and provide us with your feedback.

In the meantime, if you wish stay up to date by subscribing to our climate change newsletter, have any questions, or want to get involved, please email climateemergency@mornpen.vic.gov.au