Public input to ‘climate emergency’ plan

MORNINGTON Peninsula residents are being asked to contribute ideas towards a climate emergency plan.
“Key areas” already identified include energy transition; zero emissions from transport; having a circular, no-waste economy; and, sustainable farming.
The call for input into an emergency plan follows the decision in August by Mornington Peninsula Shire Council to declare a climate emergency.
In doing so, the shire joined 840 other local governments across 18 countries in recognising threat of climate change and the changes it was already causing to economies and environments (“Peninsula declares ‘climate emergency’” *The News* 13/8/19).
The Australian parliament last week received a 370,000-signature petition calling on the government to declare a climate emergency.
The petition calls for the House of Representatives to “immediately act and declare a climate emergency in Australia” and to “introduce legislation that will with immediacy and haste reduce the causes of anthropogenic climate change”.
The petition stated that “the overwhelming majority of climate scientists around the world have concluded that the climate is changing at unprecedented rates due to anthropogenic causes”.
However, the government has already rejected a call from Greens MP Adam Brandt to declare a climate emergency, which Energy and Emissions Reduction Minister Angus Taylor described at the time as an “absolutely empty gesture”.
Peninsula councillors, who unanimously voted to declare a climate emergency, expect to see a draft emergency plan by February 2020 to go on public exhibition in May 2020.
Other “key areas” for a climate emergency plan listed, but not explained, by the shire are “natural environment and sequestration; resilient Mornington Peninsula; and, climate emergency mobilisation and leadership”.
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