Bryony Edwards of CACE gave a public talk to a small audience in at 'the Meeting Place' in Fremantle WA on 19 December 2019.
Bryony also spoke to WA audiences in both 2017 and 2018. WA was quick to embrace climate emergency declarations, with Vincent Council, by some measures, being the second council internationally to pass a climate emergency motion. WALGA, the WA peak body for councils, also passed a climate emergency motion soon after. However the movement has languished since with only seven WA councils passing climate emergency motions, and none of those councils following up with a substantive response. Attendees spoke about the efforts made by the public to get these councils to do more.
Bryony's talk focused on how we bring about full-scale emergency mobilisation at the federal level, focusing on the role of councils in getting us there. 'We can either act like the house is on fire, or we can assign ourselves and future generations to an unspeakable future, ' she said. 'Councils that have declared need to start acting like the house is on fire'.