We recognise, both globally and locally, a more significant and urgent climate change response is required. A warming climate is already increasing the frequency and severity of extreme weather events and this will worsen if global greenhouse gas emissions continue on the current trajectory.
Surf Coast Shire Council declared a climate emergency at its August 2019 meeting. Community members called for this declaration, seeking support and leadership on climate change through two petitions signed by more than 1000 people.
Council is developing a climate emergency response plan and setting corporate environmental sustainability targets. Council is also working in partnership with the community to undertake community climate emergency response planning activities.