It seems that every week now, another council is passing motions to recognise the climate emergency. The long silence that followed Darebin's climate emergency motion in 2016 is now popping with declarations almost weekly, not just in Australia but around the world.
Following Byron Shire's motion on 18 October we have seen similar motions by Ballarat (a second regional Australian Council), Bristol (the first UK Council) and Totnes (the second UK council).
A distinction can be made between councils that plan to declare a climate emergency committing to mobilisation of resources and those just passing motions to recognise the emergency. The lists are as follows. Acknowledgement motions only are underlined.
Which council will be next?
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 - Fairfield and Alphington 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.