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:
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.
We are currently preparing the Climate Emergency Action Plan and in October we will ask the community for feedback through a variety of channels.
Our Have Your Say has just been launched. We have developed a survey to help us understand what you know about Climate Emergency and what we can all do as the Shire and the community to adapt and mitigate climate risks.
We are also seeking expressions of interest from all residents and community groups to be part of direct consultation. If you wish be involved, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, email, phone number, any group that you represent, and a short summary of your interest in the area.