Council declares climate emergency

Wednesday, 09 October In

We've joined 58 councils across Australia and more than 1,000 worldwide in declaring climate change should be treated as a national emergency.

All the science is telling us that temperatures are rising globally and the time for action is now.

Cr Nicole Marshall

The decision, made at last night's Council meeting, is a declaration of just how seriously we take the impact of climate change.

It will also now enable us to advocate for strong action from all levels of government.

“We are committed to creating a cooler, climate resilient city with a low carbon footprint and we’ve taken great strides in our efforts to reduce the impacts of climate change in Moonee Valley,” Moonee Valley Mayor Cr Narelle Sharpe said.

“Our Green Action Plan – part of our long-term vision for Moonee Valley, MV2040 – will form the basis of our response to the climate emergency. It will also formalise our long-term commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare the city for the impacts of climate change.”

Since 2007, we’ve reduced our greenhouse gas emissions from Council operations by 44 per cent, we’ve planted 2,700 mature trees per year, replaced 6,000 street lights with more energy efficient technologies – reducing emissions by more than 2,100 tonnes a year – installed rainwater tanks and solar panels on Council-owned buildings, and are switching to 100 per cent renewable energy.

We were also the only Australian council to be named a finalist in the international Wellbeing City Awards earlier this year for our plan to increase the tree canopy in Moonee Valley from 11 per cent to 30 per cent by 2040.

Spokesperson for Planning and Environment Cr Nicole Marshall said through MV2040 we’re committed to achieving zero net emissions from the community by 2040.

“We’re already on track to increase our tree canopy cover, and reduce our carbon emissions from Council operations by 95 per cent by 2040,” Cr Marshall said.

“All the science is telling us that temperatures are rising globally and the time for action is now. We’d like to thank the community for their continued advocacy and passion on this important issue.”

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