Are you interested in supporting your local council in recognising and responding to the climate emergency? Join one of our active campaigns or help start one in your area to get your council to move to a Climate Emergency Declaration (CED). Darebin Council was the first council worldwide to pass a motion to this end in December 2016.
Vic CAMPAIGN SUMMARY
Currently under review
Councils operating in Climate Emergency Mobilisation mode
Councils working towards a full Climate Emergency Mobilisation
- Queenscliffe Borough
Active Climate Emergency Declaration Campaign
- Geelong / Surf Coast
- Shire of Yarra Ranges
- Shire of Mount Alexander Shire Council
Campaigns we are looking to get going
- Port Melbourne
- Yarra - became the first council to follow Darebin Council's lead and acknowledge a climate emergency in their meeting on the 7th of February 2017. "Council recognises that we are in a state of climate emergency that requires urgent action by all levels of government, including by local councils." but as yet has not chose to pursue a climate emergency response or a full climate emergency declaration. As pointed out by Ms Kerry Echberg of YCAN in a question to council on "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." (See Yarra Minutes)
If you are interested in helping get a campaign going in these or any other councils, please get in touch with Adrian Whitehead, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Local Government Association Campaign
- Acknowledge the climate emergency - Yes
The motion was as follows,
"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."
- Adopt a Climate Emergency Declaration as a formal campaign - No
- Include a Climate Emergency Declaration by State Government as part of its 2022 state election asks - No