On 11-12 September 2018, Darebin Council hosted the world's first council-run climate emergency conference and perhaps even the world's first 'climate emergency' conference.
The conference was an action from the Darebin's Climate Emergency Plan and part of the council's effort to educate the public and other councils on responding in the climate emergency.
Over 200 attended both days, including many councillors from around the country.
Speakers included Darebin Mayor Kim Le Cerf, David Spratt, Paul Gilding, Philip Sutton. Day one framed the emergency and the rationale of councils acting.
Paul Gilding had this great article on the conference appearing in The Age.
Attendees left fired up and on board with many announcing plans to start campaigns in their own local government areas. Moreland Council unanimously passed a climate emergency motion at the close of the conference. Details in the post below.
Materials from the conference will be provided here as they appear. The Conference Program is attached below.