Climate Emergency: We commit to urgent action

Friday 21 December 2018

Picture of Yarra river with tree in foreground

Yarra Council has committed to urgent action to respond to the global climate emergency.

Yarra Mayor, Cr Danae Bosler said “Yarra recognises that climate change is an extraordinary crisis, and a meaningful and effective response will require action by all levels of government, including local councils.” 

 “Yarra was the first council in Victoria to be accredited as carbon neutral, a status we have maintained since 2012. We were also one of the first councils in the world to declare a climate emergency in 2017.

“We take our mandate for environmental leadership from our passionate and engaged community who are demanding strong action. Now we’re working together with our community to develop a Climate Emergency Plan, to help residents and business take action as well.

“Yarra is proud to be part of the global Climate Emergency movement and commits to urgent action to ensure a safe and sustainable world now, and in the future,” said Cr Bosler.

The world’s leading climate scientists who together make up the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) highlighted in their latest report that the effects of climate change are already being felt and will continue to worsen as the temperature increases. 

According to the report, warming of 1.5°C or higher increases the risk associated with long-lasting or irreversible changes, such as the loss of some ecosystems. Coral reefs would decline by 70-90 percent with global warming of 1.5°C, whereas virtually all (> 99 percent) would be lost with 2°C.

The report suggests the window for action is closing - the time for “rapid and far-reaching” action is now. Limiting warming to 1.5°C is possible within the laws of chemistry and physics but doing so would require unprecedented changes.

To keep up to date with the development of this plan, and other sustainability and environmental actions in Yarra sign up to our Yarra Environment enews.

View the Council Meeting report:

Council Meeting report -  18 December 2018


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