This week, the Council passed a Notice of Motion from Dan Loden, City of Vincent Councillor - North Ward related to action on climate change:
1. AFFIRMS its support for addressing climate change within the City of Vincent;
2. ENDORSES the position expressed in the Western Australian Local Government Association's [WALGA] Draft Climate Change Policy Statement that there is a climate emergency which requires urgent action by all levels of government to avoid an unacceptable burden on future generations;
3. REQUESTS that the Draft Sustainable Environment Strategy be presented to Council for advertising by March 2019 to support decision making in the 2019/20 Budget and Corporate Business Plan;
4. REQUESTS that the Sustainable Environment Strategy include the following measures:
4.1. Set a target of zero net carbon emissions by a defined date;
4.2. Set a target of zero net carbon emissions from stationary energy by a defined date;
4.3. Include plans to support the uptake by the community of electric vehicles and other technology that can achieve zero emissions vehicles within the City of Vincent;
4.4. Include plans for the City to create an electric vehicle fleet or other technology that can achieve zero emissions as part of forward purchasing practice; and
5. REQUESTS that administration give consideration to the carbon emissions which result from the management of waste as part of the current Waste Management Strategy."
As Jonathan Hallett, City of Vincent Councillor - South Ward put it, 'We are in a climate emergency and there are many elected members at other levels of government who are comprehensively failing to respond with the urgency that any other emergency would receive. We all need to step up.'
Council of Vincent is the second Australian local government to pass a climate emergency motion.
CACE is running two events at this years National Sustainable Living Festival.
Our main event is titled Councils Leading the Climate Emergency and is on at 12 noon on Saturday the 10th.
If you are interested in CACE's campaign come along and hear from the involved in achieving our first successful campaign in Darebin.
Speakers include Philip Sutton (RSTI), Bryony Edwards (CACE), and Darebin Councillors Trent McCarthy and Susan Rennie.
See facebook event
See SLF page
Our second event is titled Draw Down for a Safe Climate and explores naturally focused ways we can draw down excess CO2, using regenerative agriculture, and allowing native forests to recover. The session is introduced by Professor Justin Borevitz from the ANU Climate Change Institute.
See facebook event
See SLF page
We also recommend taking a look at the broader program but would recommend taking a special look at the following:
The Darebin Interim Advisory Committee wound up last night with its final meeting (18/1/18).
The group was able to develop a new terms of reference and new name for a new council supported foundation called Climate Emergency Darebin or CED.
Two terms of reference were developed, one by council staff and a more comprehensive version by RSTI's Philip Sutton. Many of Philip's recommendations were included into the approved TOR but ultimately the meeting ran out of time. and his remaining recommendations with be provided to the new board of CED as an additional documents.
The community members of the interim board were enthusiastic for the council's climate emergency response to expand as fast as possible and have committed to continue meeting in preparation for the new CED to commence the role out of the broader response.
CACE co-founder Adrian Whitehead has joined Darebin's interim advisory board on its climate emergency response and attended it first meeting last Thursday (5/10/17). He joins a diverse of team of staff, councilors, community members from a range of back grounds.
Originally planned to be the "Darebin Energy Foundation" Interim Advisory Board, a long time project of Councillor Trent McCarthy, this new board will take on the role of developing the terms of reference to allow the setting up a foundation to help the councils response to the climate emergency.
The first challenge will be to bring the boards members up to speed on what is the climate emergency and how Darebin's response will differ from other foundations such as Moreland and Yarra energy foundations.
Initial ideas include developing a Climate Emergency Think Tank and coming up with a more appropriate name.
Darebin Council information on DEF is here
CACE campaigner Adrian Whitehead has produced an initial response to the Darebin draft Climate Emergency Plan - Summary Document.
In general the document has captured most of the key element of a climate emergency response but has made some significant omissions on the issues of diet and draw down.
Our initial response is available below as a pdf.
The key points are:
- diet is not one of the listed top priorities
- draw down is not one of the listed top priorities
- the divestment statement is too narrow and only relates to fossil fuels.
Please read the full response in the pdf.
After declaring a Climate Emergency and rejecting the council's previous Climate Change Action Plan, Darebin Council has now released its new draft Climate Emergency Plan for public comment.
The draft plan has had significant input from Climate Emergency campaigners in Darebin including Philip Sutton from RSTI (Research and Strategy for Transition Initiation Inc.) and Adrian Whitehead from CACE and is a significant improvement on earlier drafts.
CACE will be developing a critique of the current draft shortly to assist the community with their feedback. Community which can be made online or a one of the public forums.
CACE is announcing our next Darebin Climate Emergency Forums
Monday - May 29 - Fairfield Uniting Church 85 Gillies St Fairfield (see the Facebook event)
Thursday - June 1 - Alphington Bowls Club (see the Facebook event)
Learn about global warming and the climate emergency. Hear from a diverse range of stakeholders on how we can reverse global warming, what personal action you can take and how you can support the climate emergency response that is starting in Darebin and can save the things we care about. Speakers include:
Bryony Edwards (CACE / Save the Planet) – Bryony has campaigned on the climate emergency for 8 years. Bryony will MC the event and outline how we can help our major parties adopt a climate emergency platform.
Philip Sutton (RSTI (Research and Strategy for Transition Initiation Inc.)) – expert on global warming. Philip will explain in simple terms why we are facing a true climate emergency and what needs to be done to save the planet.
Richard Keech (Beyond Zero Emissions) – Richard is part of the team at Beyond Zero Emissions, an expert on home energy and energy efficiency, and author of the book The Energy-Freedom Home. Richard will outline how you can save money and the planet at the same time, and how we can run our grid on 100% renewable energy.
Mary Rolf (Transition Banyule) – Mary will outline how we can build resilience in our communities to better cope with global warming.
Carol Ride (Darebin Climate Action Now) - Carol will present some amazing national and local climate emergency actions you can help with, including the Climate Emergency Declaration.
Mark Allen (3CR Presenter, Population and Planning Campaigner and Vegan Nutritionist) - will explain the critical role our diet has in global warming.
Darebin Councillor Susan Rennie successful got the following motion passed at Victoria's Municipal Association of Victoria state council. The council voted The forum in favour of the motion 77% to 23%.
Motion 56. Climate Change
Submitting Council: Darebin City Council
Motion: That the MAV recognise that:
(a) we are in a state of climate emergency that requires urgent action by all levels of government, including local councils
(b) human induced climate change stands in the first rank of threats to humans, civilisation and other species
(c) it is still possible to restore a safe climate and prevent most of the anticipated long-term climate impacts – but only if societies across the world adopt an emergency mode of action that can enable the restructuring of the physical economy at the necessary scale and speed;
(d) the MAV has a particular role in assisting local governments in this regard.
Ms Kerry Echberg of YCAN (Yarra Climate Action Now) at the Yarra Council meeting of the 21st of February demanded that the City of Yarra follow up their climate emergency declaration with real action.
Ms Echberg said "First of all, on behalf of YCAN I'd like to thank and congratulate Council and Councillors for supporting the declaration. We know that Yarra has, for a long time, been committed to reducing emissions in the city, and has taken many important actions to achieve a sustainable Yarra. We also know that we have entered a new phase in the battle for our planet, with 2016 being the hottest year on record, after several of the previous year’s having had that 'honour'.
So recognition of Climate Emergency is no longer enough: Councils, along with every level of government, must develop stronger policies and actions to attempt to deal with the problem and to protect the community, particularly its most vulnerable members, from the impacts already present. Each Council policy must be based on its effect on climate change.
My question is, how will you develop a climate emergency program based on the latest scientific research and with targets and budgets for reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, which will reduce exacerbation of the disaster and protects the municipality, for your term of office and into the future?" (See council minutes page 7.)
CACE ran its first ever event at this years Sustainable Living Festival in Melbourne called Councils Can Reverse Global Warming: Exploring the critical role. The presentation explored the critical role local government can play in both reversing global warming and protecting lives in their community. Issues explored include leadership, reaching zero emissions, draw down through council run biochar systems, creating community resilience, and most importantly a discussion on how audience members can encourage their local council to take up these measures.
Speakers were Philip Sutton from RSTI (Research and Strategy for Transition Initiation Inc.), Trent McCarthy, a Darebin Green Councillor, Mik Adit from the Climate Emergency Declaration campaign, Bryony Edwards from Save the Planet, and Adrian Whitehead from CACE.
The key presentations were recorded by members of the Climate Emergency Declaration campaign and you can listen to these talks here.