CED regions in Australia

Below are the local council regions in Australia that have declared a Climate Emergency, in chronological order. Click the “motion text” links to see details of the motions they passed.

5 December 2016, Darebin City Council, Victoria, Australia, population 158,745

First local council to declare a Climate Emergency. It did so in response to climate emergency campaigners in Darebin asking all Darebin local council candidates to sign a Climate Emergency Declaration statement of support as part of a Climate Emergency Declaration campaign started in April 2016 by campaigners from cedamia and other Australian climate emergency groups.


PROGRESS SO FAR:
Listen to the March 22 2019 interview with Darebin Mayor Susan Rennie and Tiffany Harrison on Darebin Council progress so far.

Download the Climate Emergency Darebin Strategic Plan.
motion text


THE MOTION WAS PUT AND CARRIED AND BECAME THE COUNCIL RESOLUTION AS
FOLLOWS:

Council Resolution
MOVED: Cr. T. McCarthy
SECONDED: Cr. S. Amir
That:
(1) Council recognises that we are in a state of climate emergency that requires urgent
action by all levels of government, including by local councils.
(2) Council establishes an Energy and Environment Working Group to further develop
Council proposals for a Darebin Energy Foundation and a Darebin Nature Trust, as
proposed by four elected Councillors during the recent Council elections. The Working
Group will comprise the Mayor and all Councillors who wish to participate and will be
supported by relevant Council officers. The Working Group will meet on a regular basis
over coming months to develop proposals for Council’s consideration at a meeting in
February 2017.
CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY

Action Plan


On May 29, 2017, Darebin Council made their new Climate Emergency Plan available for public consultation. Then, in August, the plan was officially adopted.


Download the full text or a Summary of the Darebin Climate Emergency Plan.

7 February 2017, Yarra City Council, Victoria, Australia, population 95,981

Second Australian local council to declare a Climate Emergency. It did so in response to various Australian campaign groups asking all Yarra local council candidates to sign a Climate Emergency Declaration statement of support.
PROGRESS SO FAR:
March 2019, Yarra organised a community solar bulk-buy scheme as part of their response to the global climate emergency.
16 August 2019: article on progress
motion text


Minutes of the meeting are here.
The resolution:

COUNCIL RESOLUTION
Moved: Councillor McEvoy Seconded: Councillor Coleman
1. Council notes this Delegates Report.
2. Council recognises that we are in a state of climate emergency that requires
urgent action by all levels of government, including by local councils.
3. Council recognises that the technology, expertise and capacity exists for
humans to mitigate and adapt to this global challenge, but that collaboration
and action is essential.
4. Council resolves to renew our commitment to collaborate with other Councils
and Governing bodies through forums such as NAGA in order to take collective
action to reduce the carbon emissions of our municipalities.
5. That Council Officers indicate to NAGA by February 28 options available at
Yarra City Council regarding hosting NAGA, detailing the in-kind support that
Yarra can provide and the associated costs for NAGA, including (but not limited
to):
(a) basic rental of office space only (e.g. former Richmond Police Station);
and
(b) fully supported office space hosted within Council offices (e.g. at 345
Bridge Road).
CARRIED

12 May 2017, Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) state council

A motion recognising the Climate Emergency, proposed by a Darebin Councillor, was passed by the state council for local councils in Victoria (MAV) with a 77% majority.
motion text

Motion 56. Climate Change

Submitting Council: Darebin City Council

Motion:

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.

Full resolutions of the state council meeting can be downloaded here.

4 April 2018, Vincent City Council, Western Australia, population 35,768

The third Australian local council and the first in Western Australia to declare a climate emergency largely as a result of work by Council Action in the Climate Emergency (CACE).
motion text


The resolution:

Council Decision Item 14.1

Moved: Cr Loden, Seconded: Cr Gontaszewski

That Council:

1. AFFIRMS its support for addressing climate change within the City of Vincent;

2. ENDORSES the position expressed in the Western Australian Local Government Association’s Draft Climate Change Policy Statement that there is a climate emergency which requires urgent action by all levels of government to avoid an unacceptable burden on future generations;

3. REQUESTS that the Draft Sustainable Environment Strategy be presented to Council for advertising by March 2019 to support decision making in the 2019/20 Budget and Corporate Business Plan;

4. REQUESTS that the Sustainable Environment Strategy include the following measures:

4.1. Set a target of zero net carbon emissions by a defined date;

4.2. Set a target of zero net carbon emissions from stationary energy by a defined date;

4.3. Include plans to support the uptake by the community of electric vehicles and other technology that can achieve zero emissions vehicles within the City of Vincent;

4.4. Include plans for the City to create an electric vehicle fleet or other technology that can achieve zero emissions as part of forward purchasing practice; and

5. REQUESTS that administration give consideration to the carbon emissions which result from the management of waste as part of the current Waste Management Strategy.

carried (8-1)

For: Presiding Member Mayor Cole, Cr Gontaszewski, Cr Castle, Cr Fotakis, Cr Hallett, Cr Loden, Cr Murphy and Cr Topelberg

Against: Cr Harley

See minutes of the meeting.

4 July 2018, Western Australia Local Government Association (WALGA) State Council

The association of local councils in Western Australia (WALGA) endorsed a policy statement to address the Climate Emergency.
motion text


The meeting established the following policy positions:

Local Government acknowledges:
I. The science is clear: climate change is occurring and greenhouse gas emissions from human activities are the dominant cause.
II. Climate change threatens human societies and the Earth’s ecosystems.
III. Urgent action is required to reduce emissions, and to adapt to the impacts from climate change that are now unavoidable.
IV. A failure to adequately address this climate change emergency places an unacceptable burden on future generations.
Local Government is committed to addressing climate change. Local Government is calling for:
I. Strong climate change action, leadership and coordination at all levels of government.
II. Effective and adequately funded Commonwealth and State Government climate change policies and programs.

The full text of the minutes is here.

14 August 2018, Town of Victoria Park, Western Australia, population 34,990

The second Western Australian council to declare a climate emergency, thanks to work by CACE in conjunction with local Councillors.
motion text


Minutes P175 here.
The resolution:

That Council:
1. Recognises that there is a state of climate emergency that needs to be handled by all levels of government
2. Endorses WALGA’s Policy Statement on Climate Change, as included in Appendix 18.1
3. Requests that the Administration create an action plan, in line with WALGA’s Policy Statement on Climate Change, and report back to the Future Planning Committee by December 2018.

12 September 2018, Moreland City Council, Victoria, Australia, population 162,558

The third Victorian local council to declare a climate emergency.

PROGRESS SO FAR:
Biodiversity action plan: had slipped through the cracks, but the CED focus resulted in allocating budget to develop a plan
Transitioning off gas: new questions about gas use led to discovering that the leisure centre co-gen systems had been turned off, and moving those centres off gas is now being investigated
15 March 2019, adopted a mode share shift to sustainable transport.
motion text


Minutes are here.
The resolution:

NOM40/18 CLIMATE EMERGENCY (D18/323701)
Cr Martin’s Motion:
That:
1. Council acknowledges we are in a state of climate emergency that requires urgent action by all levels of government, including local Councils.
2. Councillors receive a briefing from officers on how to best act on the ‘climate emergency’ acknowledgement and ensure this is embedded into future strategies and the next council action plan.
3. Council updates the Zero Carbon Evolution 2040 framework to embed the ‘climate emergency’ acknowledgement.
Resolution
Cr Martin moved, Cr Yildiz seconded –
That:
1. Council acknowledges we are in a state of climate emergency that requires urgent action by all levels of government, including local Councils.
2. Councillors receive a briefing from officers on how to best act on the ‘climate emergency’ acknowledgement and ensure this is embedded into future strategies and the next council action plan.
3. Council updates the Zero Carbon Evolution 2040 framework to embed the ‘climate emergency’ acknowledgement.
Cr Tapinos moved that the motion be amended to include an additional point as follows:
4. Amends the Municipal Emergency Management Plan to include this statement.
The amendment lapsed for want of a seconder
The substantive motion was carried unanimously

18 October 2018, Byron Shire Council, NSW, Australia, population 33,987

First NSW local council to declare a climate emergency.
motion text


Resolution text:

1. That Council:
a) notes the latest report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC);
b) notes the Federal government’s latest emissions data showing we are increasing, not reducing our carbon emissions;
c) declares that we are in a state of climate emergency that requires urgent action by all levels of government, including by local councils, and
d) acknowledges that Byron Shire is likely to be substantially affected by climate impacts, particularly sea level rise, bushfires, drought and floods.

2. That the recommendation be added to the Agenda of the upcoming Sustainable Emission Reduction Advisory Committee meeting for their input to convene a community-led Climate Emergency Guidance Group that provides a report as to how Council may assist;

3. That the Guidance Group develops a Shire-wide Community Climate Emergency Plan to further enhance resilience and reduce climate impacts in a timeframe that is as fast as practicably possible;

4. That Council, calls upon the State and Federal Governments to:
a) declare a climate emergency, and
b) to back this up with legislated programs to drive emergency action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and meet the lower of the Paris Agreements at 1.5 [degrees]

5. That Council writes to the Member for Ballina, Tamara Smith, the Parliamentary Secretary for Northern NSW, Ben Franklin, the Member for Richmond, Justine Elliot, the NSW Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton and the Federal Environment Minister Melissa Price, advising them of Council’s resolution and urges them to acknowledge a climate emergency and to act with urgency to address the crisis.

6. That Council encourages neighbouring Local Government Areas to join with us by declaring a climate emergency, developing their own Climate Emergency Plans and advocating to State and Federal governments as per point (5).

See minutes of the meeting.

21 November 2018, City of Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, population 101,686

The fourth Victorian local council to pass a Climate Emergency Declaration.
motion text


Minutes (Item 10) are here.
The resolution:

That Council
1. Notes the recent October 2018 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
(IPCC) report on climate change.
2. Notes the successful motion to the Municipal Association Victoria (MAV) May
2017 to recognise that we are in a state of ‘climate emergency’ that requires
urgent action by all levels of government, including local councils.
3. Acknowledges the ‘climate emergency’ and the need for urgent action by all
levels of government, including local councils.
4. Acknowledge the need for priority resourcing of the carbon neutral and 100%
renewables action plan and prioritisation of initiatives that move us towards
carbon neutrality and 100% renewables.
5. Councillors receive a briefing from officers on how to best act on this ‘climate
emergency’ acknowledgment and ensure that this is embedded into the ‘carbon neutrality and 100% renewables action plan’, council plan review and future strategies.

Moved: Cr Belinda Coates
Seconded: Cr Daniel Moloney
CARRIED (R335/18)

22 January 2019, Gawler Town Council, South Australia, population 26,472

The first South Australian local council and the 8th in Australia to declare a Climate Emergency.
motion text


Minutes, Item 15.5, are here.
The motion that was passed with 5 votes for and 4 against.

That Council:
a) notes the October 2018 Special Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC);
b) notes the Federal government’s latest emissions data showing we are increasing, not reducing our carbon emissions;
c) notes the recent data published by 202020 Vision Plan ‘Australia’s Suburbs Most Vulnerable To Extreme Heat’ and by the Australia Institute report ‘Heat Watch: Extreme Heat In Adelaide’, both reported in recent editions of the Advertiser, that Gawler is rated as one of Australia ‘hot spots’ for urban Heat Islands; that South Australia will be subject to the worsening effects of climate change due to global warming; and that Adelaide has the highest level of heat related mortality in the nation.
d) acknowledges that the Gawler Council Area is likely to be adversely affected by climate impacts, such as heat waves, bushfires, drought and floods according to local data and that provided by numerous reports and agencies such as BOM, CSIRO, Australia Institute and 202020.
e) declare that we are facing a ‘Climate Emergency’ and that urgent action is required by all levels of government.
f) joins the growing number of councils in Australia and worldwide who are declaring/acknowledging that we face a Climate Emergency and who are both accelerating and giving priority to policy and actions that will provide for both mitigation and adaptation in response to accelerating global warming and climate change.
g) develops a Climate Emergency Action Plan and Community Climate Emergency Plan to further enhance resilience and reduce climate impacts in a timeframe that is as fast as practicably possible. This should include councils emergency response to extreme weather events, particularly heat waves, that includes providing safe shelter refuges for the most vulnerable in our community such as the homeless, and checking of the well-being of the aged and the infirmed. The foundation of such a Plan(s) is to include community consultation.
h) Seeks that a report on this matter be presented to the March Council meeting outlining a work program, timeframe and budget (as required) for further consideration.

19 February 2019, Maribyrnong City Council, Victoria, Australia, population 82,288

First council in Melbourne’s west and the 5th in Victoria to declare a Climate Emergency.
motion text


Full minutes are here.
The motion that was passed:

That Council:
1. Note the results of 2017/18 Zero Carbon Maribyrnong Disclosure Statement.
2. Request that the Chief Executive Officer investigate an alternative way of achieving Zero Carbon and provide an updated report to Council.
3. Acknowledges we are in a state of climate emergency that requires urgent action by all levels of government, including local Councils.
4. Receives a briefing and report on how to best act on the ‘climate emergency’.

25 February 2019, Upper Hunter Shire Council, NSW, Australia, population 14,112

The 10th council in Australia and the 2nd in NSW. Council recognised that we are in a Climate Emergency which requires urgent action by all levels of government including local councils.
motion text


Minutes of the meeting can be seen here.

NOTICE OF MOTION The following Notice of Motion was received from Cr Abbott:
That Upper Hunter Shire Council recognise that we are in a state of climate emergency which requires urgent action by all levels of government including local councils.

With the failure of state and federal governments to respond effectively to global warming, councils across Australia (and the world) are now playing a leading role in responding to global warming by setting safe climate goals and targets, by implementing local sustainable programmes, by advocating to state and federal governments, and by encouraging other councils to do the same. As local councillors we have a great opportunity to play a key role in building a state and then a national response to global warming.

26 February 2019, Blue Mountains City Council, NSW, Australia, population 76,904

Third council in NSW and 11th in Australia to declare a Climate Emergency. The motion passed 9 to 3 with the Mayor leaving the Chair to speak strongly in favour.
motion text


Minutes of the meeting, Item 19, are here.
Notice of Motion by Councillor Hoare:

1. That the Council recognises that;
• We are in a state of climate emergency that requires urgent action by all levels of
government, including local councils;
• Human induced climate change stands in the first rank of threats to humans,
civilisation and other species;
• 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; and
2. That the Council calls for a briefing on how our Community Strategic Plan addresses the
climate emergency, and outlines the options available to Council to operationalise this
declaration during the life of the Community Strategic Plan

12 March 2019, Hawkesbury City Council, NSW, Australia, population 64,592

Fourth council in NSW and the 12th in Australia to declare a Climate Emergency. Passed almost unanimously.
motion text


Miutes Item 043 are here.
The full motion was:

That Council:
1. Recognises that we are in a state of climate emergency that requires urgent action by all levels of government, that human induced climate change represents one of the greatest threats to humanity, civilisation, and other species and that it is still possible to prevent the most catastrophic outcomes if, and only if, societies take emergency action.

2. Participates in a Climate Emergency Workshop to examine how our Community Strategic Plan, works program and planning documents can address the climate emergency, and which results in an outline of options available to Council to operationalise this emergency declaration.

26 March 2019, Light Regional Council, South Australia, population 14,736

Passed a motion declaring a Climate Emergency with the Mayor’s casting vote getting it over the line.
motion text


Minutes Item 14.3.2 are here.
The full motion:

14.3.2 Climate Emergency – Notice of Motion by Cr Simon Zeller, Mudla Wirra Ward
That Council:
1.Acknowledges we are in a state of climate emergency that requires urgent action by all levels of government, including local Councils.
2.Declares a climate emergency and in doing so accepts that the containment of climate change and its serious social and economic implications is a duty of utmost priority.
3.Factors in the impact on the climate in all its dealings and will, whenever possible, attend to those issues as a matter of priority, which do have the potential to mitigate climate change and its implications.
4.Orients itself in all future actions to combat climate change on the reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
5.Establishes a working group to develop a broadly based response to this emergency

26 March 2019, Adelaide Hills Council, South Australia, population 38,863

Unanimously passed a motion declaring a Climate Emergency.
motion text


Minutes Item 11.1 are here.
The full motion:

MOTIONS ON NOTICE11.1.Climate Emergency
That Council: 1.Notes the October 2018 report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change;
2.Notes the Federal government’s latest greenhouse gas emissions data shows Australia’s total greenhouse gas emissions have increased compared to 2012, not decreased;
3.Recognises we are in a state of climate emergency that requires urgent action by all levels of government, including by local councils;
4.Reaffirms its commitment to both mitigating against and adapting to the adverse impacts of climate change within the Adelaide Hills Council;
5.Commits to finalising the Carbon Management Plan by December 2019 and that it includes a target of 100% renewable energy for the Adelaide Hills Council (as an Organisation) by a defined date;
6.Requests the CEO write to State and Federal Members of Parliament which represent the Adelaide Hills Council region, advising them of Council’s resolution and request they also act with urgency to address climate change.

27 March 2019, Bellingen Shire Council, NSW, Australia, population 12,668

Declared a Climate Emergency with great community support. The motion passed 4 to 2 with no amendments.
motion text


The minutes of the meeting are here.

MOTION
1.Bellingen Shire Council declares that “we are in a state of climate emergency that requires urgent action by all levels of government, including by local councils” and that council:
a.Notes the latest report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) “Global Warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius”;
b.Notes the Federal Government’s latest emissions data showing we are increasing, not reducing our carbon emissions;
c.Acknowledges that Bellingen Shire is, and is likely to be further affected by climate impacts, particularly sea level rise, bushfires, severe storms, drought and floods,
d.Recognises we are in a state of emergency that requires urgent action by all levels of government, that human induced climate change represents one of the greatest threats to humanity, civilisation, and other species, and that it is still possible to prevent the most catastrophic outcomes if, and only if, societies take emergency action now.
e.Participates in a Climate Emergency workshop by the end of 2019 to examine how our community strategic plan, works program and planning documents can address the Climate emergency, and results in an outline of options available to council to operationalise this emergency declaration.

2. Calls upon the State and Federal Governments to:
a.Declare a climate emergency, and
b.To back this up with legislated programs to drive emergency action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and meet the lower of the Paris Agreements at 1.5 [degrees]

3.Writes to, the Member for Cowper, Member for Oxley, the Parliamentary Secretary for Northern NSW, the NSW Environment Minister and the Federal Environment Minister, advising them of Council’s resolution and urges them to acknowledge a climate emergency and to act with urgency to address the crisis.

4.Encourages neighbouring Local Government Areas to join with us by declaring a climate emergency, developing their own Climate Emergency Plans and advocating to State and Federal Governments as per point (2).

23 April 2019, Clarence Valley Council, NSW, Australia, population 51,647

Recognised the Climate Emergency following on from a Climate Change Advisory Committee report from June 2018.
motion text


Minutes P114 are here.
Text from the minutes:

AMENDMENT TO MOTION
Toms/Novak
That Council
1. Recognise that there is a climate emergency which requires actions by all levels of Government.
2. Acknowledge Council’s efforts to lowering its emission.
3. Include a title of subheading “Climate Change” in all reports.
4. Continue carrying out the items “of action” in the “100% Renewables” report.
5. Note the minutes of the Climate Change Advisory Committee dated 22 June 2018; and thank the committee for their ongoing input.
Voting recorded as follows:
For:
Novak, Baker, Toms, Ellem, Clancy, Simmons, Kingsley
Against:
Lysaught, Williamson
The Amendment to Motion was put and declared CARRIED. The amendment became the substantive motion.

30 April 2019, Randwick City Council, NSW, Australia, population 140,660

Declared a Climate Emergency after heated debate, with no amendments to the original motion by Clr Veitch and a great show of support from the local community.
motion text


The motion is on p10 of the minutes here.
Media release is here.
The motion in full is:

Motion:That Randwick City Council:
1.Publicly acknowledges that we are in a state of climate emergency that requires urgent action by all levels of government; that human induced climate change represents one of the greatest threats to humanity, civilisation, and other species; and that it is still possible to prevent the most catastrophic outcomes if societies take emergency action, including local councils;
2.Bring back a report to council to examine how council plans, policies and works programs can address the climate emergency, and ensure this is embedded into future council strategic plans.

14 May 2019, Inner West Council, NSW, Australia, population 182,043

Declared a Climate Emergency unanimously after adding an amendment to specify action KPIs.
motion text


The minutes P7 are here.

Motion:(Da Cruz/Kiat)

THAT Council:
1.Publicly acknowledges that we are in a state of climate emergency that requires urgent action by all levels of government; that human induced climate change represents one of the greatest threats to humanity, civilisation, and other species; and that it isstill possible to prevent the most catastrophic outcomes if societies take emergency action, including local councils;
2.Include references to this emergency in the CEO’s performance agreement and Council adjust his key performance indicators accordinglyto include:
a.100% divestment of Council’s investment portfolio from fossil fuels;
b.Achieving 100% carbon neutrality AND 100% renewable energy targets by 2025;
c.Making the Inner West a leader in renewable energy for our community by:
i.Establishing the Office of Renewable Energy Innovation;
ii.Expediting the retrofit of Council buildings with solar PV;
iii.Providing a brokerage service to help organisations looking to invest in community energy projects to identify potential partners with suitable roof space in the LGA;
iv.Supporting the Solar Schools program for installation of solar PV on school rooftops across the LGA;
v.Sourcing Council’s daytime power load through a solar PPA, and establishing a second PPA to cover Council’s daytime power load;
vi.Replacing fluorescent street lighting with LED lighting; and
vii.Delivering a ‘zero waste’ strategy; andviii.Any other relative initiatives approved by Council.
3.Review the annual budget key performance indicators and policies over the course of the next twelve months tofocus Council expenditure and revenue on this issue.

16 May 2019, ACT (Australian Capital Territory), Australia, population 422,478

The ACT Parliament passed a motion by Shane Rattenbury MLC to declare a Climate Emergency, making it the first state or territory government in Australia to do so.
motion text


Full Hansard record from 16 May can be downloaded from the ACT Parliament website here.
See the portion of Hansard that records the content of the debate at CED part of Hansard 16 May.
The original motion:

MR RATTENBURY (Kurrajong) (4.01): I move:
That this Assembly:
(1) notes:
(a) globally, nationally and locally, human induced climate change is contributing to record breaking temperatures, extreme weather events, and a range of negative social, environmental and economic outcomes;
(b) ACT residents have just experienced the hottest January on record, and local temperature extremes will worsen as climate change progresses;
(c) Tasmania, Victoria and Queensland have recently been devastated by bushfires and North Queensland has recently suffered extreme flooding;
(d) global temperature rise must be limited to 1.5 degrees to minimise the risk of the worst impacts of climate change, a task the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says requires urgent and unprecedented action; and
(e) ACT and Australian residents want their elected representatives to take urgent and effective action to address climate change;
(2) acknowledges that we are in a state of climate emergency that requires urgent actions across all levels of Government; and
(3) condemns the Federal Government for its continued failure to enact effective climate change policy, and requests the Federal Government provide additional funding for States and Territories to deal with worsening climate change risks and impacts, such as bushfires and extreme weather.

During debate an amendment moved by MS ORR (Yerrabi) was added as follows:

Madam Deputy Speaker, I move:
Add:
“(4) notes the ACT Government’s efforts to make Canberra a more liveable and sustainable bush capital by, amongst other things:
(a) its national and international leadership on climate change;
(b) committing to zero net emissions by 2045; and
(c) powering Canberra by 100 percent renewable electricity by 2020.”.

The amendment was accepted and the motion as amended was passed in the affirmative.

Press release is here.

22 May 2019, Fremantle City Council, WA, Australia, population 28,893

Declared a Climate Emergency in response to a recommendation from the Fremantle Youth Network. Mayor Brad Pettitt proposed an amendment to the original motion and the amended motion was passed unanimously.
motion text


Full minutes are on P11-12 here.

Moved: Mayor, Brad Pettitt Seconded: Cr Jon Strachan
Council:
1. Accept the Fremantle Youth Network’s letter to council and support the Networks concerns on the important issue of climate change in the City’s continuing advocacy.
2. Acknowledge the latest report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
3. Declare that we are in a state of climate and biodiversity emergency that requires urgent action by all levels of government, including by local councils.
4. Acknowledge that the City of Fremantle is likely to be substantially affected by climate impacts, particularly sea level rise, heat waves, drought and floods.
5. Call upon the State and Federal Governments to:
a. acknowledge that there is a climate and biodiversity emergency, and
b. back this up with legislated programs to drive emergency action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and meet the lower of the Paris Agreements at 1.5%.
6. Agree to continue to work with the Fremantle Youth Network in our continuing advocacy on this important issue.
7. In conjunction with the Fremantle Youth Network write to the Fremantle federal and state members and to relevant federal and state ministers advising them of council’s resolution and urge them to acknowledge a climate emergency and to act with urgency to address the crisis.
8. Seek feedback from the community on further actions it might take to give effect to the declaration and the results of this feedback to be subject to a further report at the next appropriate meeting of council.
Carried: 11/0

28 May 2019, Newcastle City Council, NSW, Australia, population: 164,104

Declared a Climate Emergency, but with the original motion by Clr. John Makenzie amended beyond recognition except for retaining the CED clause.
motion text


Full minutes of the meeting (see Item 21) are here.
The declaration clause after amendment:

Recognises that there is a Global Climate Emergency and urgent need for real action on climate change

28 May 2019, Ryde City Council, NSW, Australia, population 127,446

Declared a Climate Emergency
motion text


Minutes of meeting are here.
Excerpt:

RESOLUTION:(Moved by Councillors Gordon and Clifton)
(a)That Council publicly acknowledges that we are in a state of climate emergency that requires urgent action by all levels of government; that human induced climate change represents one of the greatest threats to humanity, civilisation and other species; and that it is still possible to prevent the most catastrophic outcomes if societies, including local councils, take emergency action.
(b)That a report be brought back to Council which examines how Council plans, policies and works programs can address the climate emergency, and ensure this is embedded into future Council strategic plans.

17 June 2019, Hobart City Council, Tasmania, Australia, population 206,097

Declared a Climate and Biodiversity Emergency, making it the first capital city council in Australia and the first local council in Tasmania to declare a Climate Emergency
motion text


Item 11 in Minutes is here.
Motion:

Global Climate and Biodiversity Emergency
That the City of Hobart:
– Affirms its commitment to future generations in addressing catastrophic climate change and biodiversity loss through its on-going policies, strategies and leadership by supporting the declaration of a climate and biodiversity emergency.
– Writes to the State Premier and Prime Minister urging them and their Government to declare a climate and biodiversity emergency and to commit to implementing strong national policy, regulation, strategy and resources to secure the well-being of future generations of Australians and to secure the country’s indigenous habitat, ecosystems and ecosystem services on which we all depend and to address the catastrophic causes pushing 1000s of Australian mammal, marine, plant and insect species towards extinction. The council’s actions to date be included in the correspondence
– Submit urgency motions to the Local Government Association of Tasmanian and the Australian Local Government Association to declare a national climate and biodiversity emergency.
– Include acknowledgement of the declaration of a climate and biodiversity emergency in the Council’s new Strategic Plan.

24 June 2019, Sydney City Council, NSW, Australia, population 208,374

Declared that climate change should be treated as a national emergency, making it the second capital city council and 24th jurisdiction in Australia to declare a Climate Emergency (via motion proposed by Lord Mayor) Clover Moore
motion text


The full minute is here.
Excerpt:

It is resolved that:
(A)Council declare that climate change poses a serious risk to the people of Sydney, and it should be treated as a national emergency;
(B)Council call on the Federal Government to respond to this emergency by:
(i)taking urgent action to meet the emissions reduction targets contained in the Paris Agreement by reintroducing a price on carbon; and
(ii)establishinga Just Transition Authority, with enough funding to ensure that Australians employed in the fossil fuel industries have viable and appropriate opportunities for alternateemployment;
(C)Council note that the City has an excellent record on reducing emissions, and preparing for the impacts of climate change;
(D)Council note that the City will be holding the C40 Women for Climate conference in April 2020, bringing together leadersfrom across the world to exchange ideas and work together on climate change solutions;
(E)Council note the importance of getting beyond the politics of fear, and the success of ‘2040’, an inspiring and refreshing documentary that explores what could be achieved by implementing technologies and other climate change solutions that already exist;(F)Council note that Alex Greenwich MP, Greg Piper MP and Joe McGirr MP have written to the Premier of NSW, asking her to protect coal communities from serious economic disruption as a result of an expected decline in the coal export market;
(G)the Chief Executive Officer be requested to note this emergency declaration and ensure the 2050 plan addresses the community’s desire for climate action; and
(H)the Chief Executive Officer be requested toinvestigatea screening of the documentary ‘2040’ at the Town Hall as part of the Sustainable Sydney 2050 consultation.

25 June 2019, Brimbank City Council, Victoria, Australia, population 194,319

Declared a Climate Emergency
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Minutes can be downloaded here.
Motion:

That Council declares a Climate Emergency and receives for consideration at a
2019 Ordinary Meeting of Council, a Brimbank Climate Emergency Plan
delineating Council’s position statement on the climate emergency and the
actions that Council will take to help restore a safe climate.

8 July 2019, Wagga Wagga City Council, NSW, Australia, population 54,411

Declared a Climate Emergency
Councillor Post: https://www.facebook.com/councillorkeenan/photos/a.240422076586590/388359895126140/?type=3&theater
22 July 2019, Declaration rescinded See here.
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Agenda Item Motion 1 is here.
Motion:

That Council:
a recognises that climate change poses a serious risk to the people of Wagga Wagga and it should be treated as a national emergency
b notes that Council has established a sustainable energy reserve and has commissioned the report Climate Change Risk and Adaption Action Plan that outlines the significant risks and associated impacts associated with climate change on Council’s assets
c commits to developing a Climate Emergency Plan in the 2019/2020 financial year and receive a report at the first meeting of Council in August from staff that includes the following:
i current activities already being undertaken to assist in addressing climate change impacts
ii the steps required to develop a climate emergency plan to guide the implementation of a climate emergency response within Council
iii how the Community Strategic Plan can be amended to prioritise a climate emergency response within the Plan
iv investigates the appointment of a Council Advisory Committee of climate emergency experts to assist with steps
v change management processes to educate Council staff about the climate emergency and develop a new approach to Council business to facilitate a climate emergency response
vi identify what existing policies and plans would require updating, as well the development of new policies and plans to address a climate emergency response
vii a public education and support building campaign in order to provide broad community awareness for the declaration and move into climate emergency mode
viii identifies necessary resources to enable the execution of steps

8 July 2019, Kingborough Council, Tasmania, Australia, population 35,853

Declared a Climate and Biodiversity Emergency
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Minutes P13 are here.
Motion:

That the Kingborough Council shall:
1.Recognise that we are in a state of climate and biodiversity emergency that requires urgent action by all levels of government, including local councils, and
2.Acknowledge that Kingborough Municipality is likely to be affected by climate impacts, including extreme weather events, wildfires and sea level rise;
3.Acknowledge the declaration of a climate and biodiversity emergency in the Council’s Strategic Plan and in the Annual Report.
4.Ensure that any strategic financial management and development decisions consider climate change and that this is noted in Council reports.
5.Write to the State Premier and Prime Minister including Kingborough Council’s climate action record to date and urge them and their Governments to:
a)declare a climate and biodiversity emergency and
b)back this up with legislated programs to drive emergency action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and meet the Paris Agreements and facilitate action on coastal management and climate change adaptation.

16 July 2019, Melbourne City Council, Victoria, Australia, population 135,959

The Future Melbourne Committee (one of the 2 decision-making bodies of Council) unanimously passed Clr Cathy Oke’s Climate and Biodiversity Emergency Declaration motion
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Minutes of meeting are here.

1. That the Future Melbourne Committee:
1.1. Declares that climate change and mass species extinction pose serious risks to the people of Melbourne and Australia, and should be treated as an emergency.
1.2. Notes that the City of Melbourne, since 2003, has had a strong record of reducing emissions, restoring and conserving biodiversity, and preparing our community for the impacts of climate change.
1.3. Notes the continued success of the Melbourne Renewable Energy Project, a City of Melbourne led project, powering the City of Melbourne by 100 per cent renewable energy.
1.4. Notes the City of Melbourne support for the recently passed Motion at the Australian Local Government Association National General calling on the federal government to declare a climate emergency.
1.5. Notes the City of Melbourne’s endorsement of, and continued commitment to the following strategies: Climate Change Mitigation Strategy, Climate Change Adaptation Strategy, Waste and Resource Recovery Strategy, Nature in our City Strategy and Resilient Melbourne strategy.
1.6. Requests management provide a review to an upcoming Future Melbourne Committee meeting outlining how our current and planned actions to mitigate climate change, ensure our city is resilient and adapted to the effects of climate change, and to invest in restoration and conservation of biodiversity, align with the current global consensus of how cities should be responding to climate and biodiversity crises.
1.7. Notes that Council has endorsed a communications and advocacy campaign about our climate change mitigation and adaptation activities through a 2019/2020 Annual Plan initiative.
1.8. Asks the Lord Mayor to suggest the State Government and City of Melbourne host a Victorian Climate Week, like the recent Queensland Climate Week, to raise the urgent need to act with all Victorian communities and most affected stakeholders.
1.9. Acknowledges the action young people are taking across the world to raise the need to take urgent action on the dual crises of climate change and species extinction, and ask the CEO to invite youth representatives from Fridays for Future/Climate Strike/Extinction Rebellion to present their concerns on climate change and biodiversity loss at a future Councillor briefing session.
1.10. Notes that there will be a global day of action on 20 September 2019.

18 July 2019, Noosa Shire Council, Queensland, Australia, population 52,149

First local council in Queensland to declare a Climate Emergency. An article by the Mayor is here.
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Council press release and Mayor’ video clip are here. Minutes (P17) are here.

CLIMATE EMERGENCY DECLARATION
That Council note the report by the Director Environment and Sustainable Development, Carbon Reduction officer and Climate Change Adaptation Program Coordinator to the Planning & Environment Committee Meeting dated 9 July 2019,and
A.Endorse the following statement: “Council accepts the latest science on climate change provided in the October 2018 report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and acknowledges that the Noosa Shire is vulnerable to the impacts of climate change including heat waves, more intense storms and sea level rise all of which is likely to adversely affect the Noosa natural and human environment. Council therefore declares that we are in a ‘Climate Emergency” which requires urgent action by all levels of government”; and
B. Write to the Prime Minister, the State Premier, State and Federal Opposition Leaders, and State and Federal Members of Parliament representing the Noosa Shire region, advising of Council’s declaration and requesting they also act with urgency to address climate change through legislated programs and policy positions, to drive action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to keep global temperatures to a maximum increase of 1.5 degrees Celsius.

22 July 2019, North Sydney Council, NSW, Australia, population 67,658

Unanimously declared a Climate Emergency
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Minutes of meeting: North Sydney Minutes-2

RESOLVED:
1. THAT Council:
a. prepare a report on initiatives that Council is currently undertaking, or could be improved, which have the effect of reducing carbon emissions. The report should particularly address:
• adoption of a guiding principle in all Council operations to reduce carbon emissions towards the reduction targets contained in the Paris Agreement.
• Introduction or strengthening of existing policies that make a positive contribution to reducing carbon emissions.
• A specific budget provision for climate change initiatives linked to the Delivery Program.
• Facilitating the roll out of car charging battery stations in the local government area.
b. join nearly 600 jurisdictions worldwide, including 22 Australian councils, and recognise that we are in a state of climate emergency that requires immediate action by all levels of government;
c. acknowledge that climate change poses a threat to the future of our cities, including the North Sydney Local Government Area;
d. note the latest report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) ‘Global Warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius’;
e. note the Federal Government’s latest emissions data showing we are increasing, not reducing, our carbon emissions;
g. join with and support the City of Sydney’s resolution of 24 June 2019 calling upon the State and Federal Governments to declare a climate emergency and to respond to this emergency by taking urgent action to meet the emissions reduction targets contained in the Paris Agreement;
g. encourage neighbouring Local Government Areas to join us by declaring a climate emergency and advocate to State and Federal Governments in their own right;
h. write to the Prime Minister, Premier of NSW and relevant State and Federal Ministers providing a copy of this resolution and calling upon them to act urgently to address climate change and its impacts; and
i. submit this motion to LGNSW for debate at the next LGNSW conference.

30 July 2019, Darwin City Council, Northern Territory, Australia, population 148,564

Approved the Mayor’s motion to declare a Climate Emergency
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Minutes of the meeting are here.

That the City of Darwin:
a. declares that we are in a state of climate emergency that requires immediate action by all levels of government;
b. calls upon the Northern Territory and Commonwealth Governments to join us in declaring a climate emergency;
c. declares its commitment to action on the devastating effects of climate change and by doing so joins nearly 600 jurisdictions worldwide, including 28 Australian councils, in recognising that human induced climate change represents a substantial threat to our community and the local environment we cherish;
d. acknowledges that our obligation to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions through policies such as zero net emissions by 2030 is just one action that we must implement and that we need to identify other opportunities across all of Council’s service areas and encourage the Darwin community more broadly to reduce our contribution to climate change;
e. recognises and responds to the state of climate emergency that we are in to prepare, respond and adapt to climate change across all areas of Council
f. acknowledge the action of local community members and invite stakeholders from across the Darwin community to participate in a Lord Mayor hosted Climate Emergency Round Table
g. Calls for a report to be prepared by the 2nd Ordinary Council meeting in September, outlining a plan and timeframe to prioritise the development of a whole of Council approach, inclusive of asset management, to mitigating and responding to Climate Change, based on the criteria of preparation, response, adaptation and resilience

30 July 2019, Indigo Shire Council, Victoria, Australia, population 15,952

Declared a Climate Emergency
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Minutes P64 are here.

That Indigo Shire Council declares a Climate Emergency and in response:
1. Directs the CEO to;
– Develop a Notice of Motion declaring a Climate Emergency for presentation at the
next MAV and RCV State Council meetings.
– Prepare an Advocacy Plan to encourage the State and Federal Government to do
more to combat the effects of Climate Change;
– Develop a Climate Change Policy Action Plan in consultation with the Indigo Shire
Environmental Advisory Committee and the community, that will at a minimum
examine the merits and efficacy of;
— Convening a series of public meetings to address and educate our community
on the threat from Climate Change and develop a suite of ideas that they can
undertake to mitigate and prepare for the changing environment.
— Selling the Council owned Buller Gas operation to fund the Environment and
Sustainability Strategy Action Plan and the Climate Change Action Plan.
— Apply to the Essential Services Commission for a rate cap variation to fund
specific actions within the Environment and Sustainability Action Plan.
— Purchasing low productivity cleared land within the Indigo Shire to plant it out with trees to capture carbon or encouraging other organisations and land owners to do the same.
2. Requests the Municipal Emergency Management Planning Committee to critically examine
the likely Emergency Management effects of Climate Change in the Indigo Shire and report
back to Council on how best Council and the Community can prepare and plan in the long
term to mitigate the risks and adapt to the increased likelihood of extreme events.
3. Notes that there will be a global day of action on 20 September 2019 and requests that the CEO use Council’s communication resources to help publicise this event
Moved: Cr Goldsworthy
Seconded: Cr O’Connor

8 August 2019, Launceston City Council, Tasmania, Australia, population 84,153

Unanimously declared a Climate Emergency and set a 2025 carbon neutral target date
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Agenda Item 14 can be downloaded here.
Excerpt:
We are facing a rapidly warming climate, requiring urgent action by all levels of government. City of Launceston acknowledges this and joins many jurisdictions around Australia in declaring a climate emergency. In recognition of the climate emergency, need for carbon reduction and action to be taken, the City of Launceston resolves to:
1. Acknowledge the urgency created by climate change that requires immediate and collaborative action across all tiers of government;
2. Council resolve to write to all State and Federal parliamentarians whose offices lie within the City of Launceston boundaries, and to the Prime Minister, the federal Opposition Leader and the Tasmanian Premier, expressing its position on the climate emergency we are facing;
3. Immediately conduct an audit of all City of Launceston Operations to obtain current base line Greenhouse gas emission levels;
4. Complete the Council’s Sustainability Strategy by December 2019 for implementation commencing in 2020. The Strategy will need to address the following –
a. An implementation action plan for City of Launceston to strive towards achieving 100% neutrality of carbon emissions by 2025;
b. A renewable energy action plan for the City of Launceston to move towards 100% renewables as sources of energy by 2025; and
c. A plan for engaging and working with the community, business and not-for-profit sectors to reduce community emissions and move towards renewables.

12 August 2019, Wollongong City Council, NSW, Australia, population 216,071

Declared a Climate Emergency
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Motion 19 in minutes is here.

RESOLVED on the motion of Councillor Martin seconded Councillor Cox that –
1 Council recognises we are in a state of climate emergency that requires urgent action by all levels of government.
2 A report or briefing be provided that includes options to best articulate how Council’s actions to combat climate change can be explained and promoted to local residents, businesses, government agencies and other stakeholders.
3 The report or briefing above include, but not be limited to –
a Exploring the production of a ‘state of the environment’ type report that details actions Council is presently undertaking or has plans or budgets for, in climate change mitigation and environmental protection
b Updating Council’s progress in responding to obligations under the Global Covenant of Mayors
c Describing how residents businesses, government agencies and other agencies will be engaged within the Global Covenant of Mayors noting that the region’s heavy industries play an important ongoing role in the local economy and will play a key role in developing and meeting targets within the Covenant process.
d Investigating an annual public event to help promote a-c above.
e Identifying options to seek ideas, project opportunities and potential partnerships to reduce the impacts of climate change on our community.
f Investigating cost effective local power generation, water and energy saving initiatives, waste reduction strategies and projects (perhaps through the Joint Organisation of councils) as a response to obligations under the Global Covenant of Mayors.

13 August 2019, Lismore City Council, NSW, Australia, population 43,843

Unanimously declared a Climate Emergency
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Minutes Item 10.1 is here.

That Council:
1. Publicly declares the world is in a state of climate emergency that requires urgent action by all levels of government; that human-induced climate change represents one of the greatest threats to humanity, civilisation, other species, and the life-supporting capacity of air, water, soil and ecosystems; and that it is possible to prevent the most harmful outcomes if societies take sustained emergency action, including local councils, and
a. Notes the latest report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC);
b. Notes the Federal government’s latest emissions data showing we are increasing, not reducing our carbon emissions;
c. Acknowledges that Lismore City Council LGA is likely to be substantially affected by climate impacts, particularly floods, bushfires, drought, heatwaves and sea level rise, and notes that economic data for the 2017 floods was not collected but research by Roche et al. (2013) estimated that the total normalised economic cost of the previous 1954 floods in current dollars, throughout the Northern Rivers region would have been of the order of $7.5 billion. The 2017 Flood was marginally smaller than the 1954 flood but the magnitude of economic impact would have been significant;
d. Acknowledges that agriculture is one of the leading industries in Lismore, and that it is at risk from climate change;
e. Acknowledges that the Northern Rivers region is facing significant impacts from sea level rise.
2. Reaffirms commitment to its 100% Renewable Energy Target and continues to actively pursue opportunities to meet this target.
3. Calls for a briefing on how the current Community Strategic Plan (CSP) addresses the climate emergency.
4. Includes specific questions regarding Climate Change and Disaster Preparedness in the next CSP review and Community Satisfaction Survey in order to inform Council’s operational response.
5. Maintains strong partnerships with local Emergency Services and seeks funding opportunities to work with them to deliver disaster preparedness information and initiatives across the LGA.
6. Writes to the Member for Page, the Member for Lismore, the Parliamentary Secretary for Northern NSW, the Federal Environment Minister, and the NSW Environment Minister advising them of Council’s resolution and urging them to acknowledge a climate emergency and to act to address the crisis.
7. Submits point 1 with sub points 1a and 1b above as a motion to the LGNSW Conference.

13 August 2019, Mornington Peninsula Shire Council, Victoria, Australia, population 165,633

Unanimously declared a Climate Emergency
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Minutes can be downloaded here.

COUNCIL DECISION (via email from Council)
The Mornington Peninsula Shire Council notes its 2014 commitment to carbon neutrality and:
A. Acknowledges that current levels of global warming and future warming already
committed constitute nothing less than a climate emergency for most life on this
planet, requiring an emergency response by all levels of government, including
local government;
B. Resolves to develop a Climate Emergency Action Plan to guide the climate
emergency response by Council, to be prepared by the Chief Executive Officer
within six months of the date of this resolution; and
C. Undertakes to work with the Mornington Peninsula community to raise awareness
of the climate emergency and support community action to mitigate greenhouse
gas emissions and build resilience.
2. The Morning Peninsula Shire Council calls upon the Australian State and Federal
Governments to:
A. Declare a climate emergency; and
B. Back this up with legislated programs to drive emergency action to reduce
greenhouse gases and meet the lower target of the Paris Agreement to keep
global warming below 1.5 degrees.

19 August 2019, Port Lincoln City Council, SA, Australia, population 14,064

Declared a Climate Emergency
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Minutes P7 are here.

CO 19/148 Moved: Councillor Ritchie Seconded: Councillor Broadfoot
That Council:
1.Acknowledges the findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (October 2018);
2.Recognises we are in a state of climate emergency that requires urgent action by all levels of government, including by local councils;
3.Affirms a commitment to both mitigating against and adapting to the adverse impacts of climate change within the Port Lincoln City Council;
4.As part of the strategic direction for Port Lincoln City Council commits to developing a Carbon Management Plan that includes a defined target of renewable energy (electricity) for the Port Lincoln City Council (as an Organisation) by a defined date as well as a series of staged targets over the intervening period; These actions could encompass:
• Energy planning and energy savings strategy
• Community solar initiatives,
• Waste reduction and waste management
• Long term climate change response planning, including a response strategy to anticipated sea level rise
• Re-vegetation and protection of biodiversity including planting of street trees
• LED Lighting transition
• Consider low or no emissions plant and equipment
5.Undertake a review of further actions that can be taken to manage and mitigate the risks associated with the climate emergency as part of strategic planning and embed further actions into ongoing planning and systems.
CARRIED

20 August 2019, Bunbury City Council, WA, Australia, population 31,919

Declared a Climate Emergency on 20 August 2019 via the WALGA Climate Change Declaration
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Agenda Item 12 is here.
Excerpt:

Council acknowledges:
I. The science is clear: climate change is occurring and greenhouse gas emissions from human activities are the dominant cause.
II. Climate change threatens human societies and the Earth’s ecosystems.
III. Urgent action is required to reduce emissions, and to adapt to the impacts from climate change that are now unavoidable.
IV.A failure to adequately address this climate change emergency places an unacceptable burden on future generations.

21 August 2019, Bass Coast Shire Council, Victoria, Australia, population 32,804

Declared a Climate Emergency
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Minutes P17 are here.

That Council:
1.Declares that climate change poses serious risks to Bass Coast and Australia and should be treated as an emergency
2.Notes that Bass Coast Shire is vulnerable to sea level rise and greater climate variability leading to more intense disaster events including storms, heat waves and bushfire and flooding
3.Notes that the effects of climate change extend beyond environmental impacts into, e.g., business, finance and health outcomes, and will impact species and population in a range of ways requiring a change to business as usual and an integrated response to managing the impacts of a changing climate
4.Directs the CEO to urgently commence the development of a Bass Coast Climate Change Action Plan 2020-30 with a view to ensuring Bass Coast can more effectively contribute to climate change mitigation and be more resilient and well adapted to the effects of a changing climate (climate change adaptation). It should inter alia:
a.Include a target of zero net emissions by 2030 for both (a) emissions attributable to Council’s own operations and (b) emissions attributable to the broader Bass Coast community;
b.Quantify what council can do to reach the target and project how and when Council will reach it
i.Quantify what the community can do toward reaching the target, including ongoing support for and building on the Totally Renewable Communities model currently being applied through Totally Renewable Phillip Island (TRPI). TRPI is developing the pathway to and mapping the process toward achieving 100% renewable energy
c.Include engagement and communication strategies to ensure Council and the community are properly engaged with and advised of climate change risk and what action can be takend.Include an ongoing advocacy strategy seeking strong government action to address the threat of climate change and for appropriate adaptation measures
5.Directs the CEO to urgently review Councils governance arrangements and request the Audit Committee update their Charter to ensure that climate change governance is integral to review of Council’s activities
a.Build the capacity of staff around Climate Change Governance and Council’s role in addressing it
6.Notes that Bass Coast has made progress in reducing emissions through:
– The introduction of the Food Organics and Garden Organics waste collection that has increased diversion fromlandfill by 35% since its introduction
– Totally Renewable Phillip Island that is undertaking groundwork to support community energy projects, waste strategies, low emission vehicles and carbon insetting
– Has committed to purchase 30% of its electricity through a renewable energy Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with other Victorian councils and is investigating possible further PPAs and local Community energy projects
– The Council Plan commits to increasing vegetation cover by 1.5% a year and that Councilhas been a leader in developing the bio links program
7.Notes the BCSC support for the recently adopted resolution at the Australian Local Government Association National General Meeting calling on the federal government to declare a climate emergency and that BCSC moved a resolution calling on the Australian Government to support initiatives by councils to develop and implement coastal climate change adaptation plans, to improve the sustainability and resilience of coastal settlements vulnerable to increasing climate change risks

26 August 2019, Central Coast Council, NSW, Australia, population 342,047

Declared a Climate Emergency
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Motion in agenda P 458 is here.

1 That Council accepts that warming due to human release of greenhouse gasses (generally termed climate change) poses a clear and present danger to the local and global community.
2 That Council notes that climate change impacts are affecting people today and are projected to get much worse as time passes.
3 That Council understands that government decisions made today are directly impacting and will impact on the future health and well-being of residents on the Central Coast and elsewhere.
4 That Council acknowledges that declaring a climate emergency is meaningless without strong policy and the action to implement it and therefore,
5 That Council declare a climate emergency and request the CEO to prepare and submit a report to Council on the costs of providing sufficient resources and action to implement the following measures as a response to the declaration of a climate emergency:
a) Immediately implementing the Climate Change Policy (CCP) including urgent preparation of the plans required to reduce emissions and adapt to environmental changes and extreme events including a climate action plan.
b) Appoint a council reference group of suitably qualified selected experts to provide advice on the councils response to the climate change emergency.
c) Set measurable targets and times for achieving the climate action plan that are in line with the emergency regarding GHG emissions and for urgent preparation for extreme events.
d) Set council emissions reduction target (below 2017/18 levels) consistent with the pathway number 1 in the IPCC special report that follows 60% by 2022 and 85% by 2028. e)Include consideration of the threats from environmental change due to climate change (as set out in IPCC reports, CSIRO and BOM studies) into council plans and decision making processes.
f) Investigate opportunities and provide appropriate support for local industry that reduces emissions or increases community resilience to climate impacts.
g) Support employment opportunities that would encourage a just transition away from fossil fuels both on the Central Coast and elsewhere.
h) Commence advocating for the establishment of a just transition authority to be based on the Central Coast to oversee the transition of local workers in the power and mining industries into new employment positions that reflect their skills training and current remuneration levels for future employment.
i) Seek to develop the WEZ and other suitable employment lands on the Central Coast as job hubs for industries such as renewable energy, smart manufacturing, robotics, ICT and other associated sustainable industries.
6 That Coucil request the Chief Executive Officer write to the NSW Premier and the Prime Minister and relevant Energy and Environment Ministers declaring a climate emergency and calling on the State and Federal government to do so too.

27 August 2019, Surf Coast Shire Council, Victoria, Australia, population 29,397

Declared a Climate Emergency, with the Mayor’s casting vote getting it across the line
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Motion text P266 in agenda can be downloaded here.

That Council:
1. Declares a Climate Emergency
2. Commits to develop a Climate Emergency Response Plan in partnership with the community
3. Receives a further report on how a Climate Emergency Response Plan will be developed
including any resources needed
4. Commits to setting corporate energy, greenhouse gas emissions, water, waste, land use and biodiversity targets informed by the advice of the Renewable Energy Task Force
5. Confirms its commitment to use the One Planet Living Framework and Towards Environmental
Leadership Program to guide corporate responses to climate change
6. Notes the opportunity to consider climate change in future reviews of the Council Plan
(incorporating the Health and Wellbeing Plan)

27 August 2019, Northern Beaches Council, NSW, Australia, population 252,878

Declared a Climate Emergency
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Agenda P175 is here.

That Council:
A.Thank the Environment Strategic Reference Group for their ongoing focus on climate change action and their support in developing the draft Environment and Climate Change Strategy.
B.Note that even with ambitious emissions reduction targets on the Northern Beaches, so much of what we need to achieve rests with other levels of government both within Australia and across the world.
C.Join over 900 jurisdictions worldwide, including 35 Australian councils, and declare that we are in a state of climate emergency that requires immediate action by all levels of government.
D.Brief Councillors within 3 months of what Council is doing currently and can do in future to accelerate action on climate change, including the action plans being developed under the Environment and Climate Change Strategy.
E.Noting the NSW State Government’s laudable target of net zero emissions by 2050, write to the NSW Environment Minister the Hon. Matt Kean and Premier the Hon. Gladys Berejiklian, as well as the relevant federal MPs and Prime Minister, to ask them to declare a Climate Emergency as a pathway to achieving this target.
F.Inform our local state and federal MPs of this resolution and request that they continue to advocate for strong climate action at state and federal government level, and set up meetings with them to immediately identify opportunities for partnership.

27 August 2019, Adelaide City Council, SA, Australia, population 23,000

Declared that climate change should be treated as a national emergency
PROGRESS SO FAR:
12 September 2019: Banned use of fake (plastic) turf on verges
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Minutes are here.

19.Item 16 –Councillor Simms –Motion without Notice –Climate Change
[C]Moved by Councillor Simms, Seconded by Deputy Lord Mayor (Councillor Abiad)
-That Council:
1.Acknowledges the City of Adelaide’s (CoA) long-standing commitment to managing and reducing the greenhousegas emissions of the CoA and the community.
2.Requests that the CoA consider and address climate change risks in its own operations and service delivery; witha report on progress and implementation to be provided to the City of Adelaide Audit Committee for its review andassurance to Council.
3.Declares that climate change poses a serious risk to the people of Adelaide, and it should be treated as a nationalemergency.
4.Requests that the Lord Mayor advocates to other tiers of government through the Capital City Committee and theCouncil of Capital City Lord Mayors that urgent action is taken to understand, disclose and manage risks related to Climate Change.
Division For (9):Deputy Lord Mayor (Councillor Abiad) and Councillors Abrahimzadeh, Couros, Donovan, Hou, Hyde, Martin, Moran and Simms. Against (1):Councillor Khera.

28 August 2019, Bega Valley Shire Council, NSW, Australia, population 33,253

Declared a Climate Emergency
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[Minutes, including an addition to the agenda item, coming soon] Agenda Item 16.2 is here.

1. That Council’s Climate Resilience Strategy recognise the climate emergency, through the strength, scope and immediacy of initiatives for Council and the community to combat climate change.
2. That Council requires reports on relevant strategies, plans or initiatives to include assessment of potential climate change impacts.

28 August 2019, Swan City Council, WA, Australia, population 133,851

Declared a Climate Emergency
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Minutes can be downloaded here.

RESOLVED (12/3):
1) The City of Swan lobby State and Federal Government to recognise that a climate change emergency exists and action is required by all levels of government.
For: Crs Bailey, Catalano, Elliott, Johnson, Jones, Kiely, Kovalevs, Lucas, McCullough, McDonnell, Scanlan and Zannino
Against: Crs Haynes, Henderson and McNamara

27 August 2019, Canterbury Bankstown City Council, NSW, Australia, population 346,302

Declared a Climate Emergency
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Minutes P13 are here.

RESOLVED that Council
1. Writes to the Federal and State Members for Canterbury-Bankstown, the NSW Environment Minister Matt Kean, the NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian and the Federal Environment Minister Susan Ley, and urge them to:
a. Acknowledge a climate emergency and to act with urgency to address the crisis
b. Step up and put measures in place to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and meet Australia’s commitment to the Paris Agreement.
2. In acknowledging that there is a climate emergency supports the planned Climate Strike in Sydney CBD on 20 September 2019, and encourages people to attend.
– CARRIED

9 September 2019, Woollahra Municipal Council, NSW, Australia, population 58,964

Declared a Climate Emergency. Minutes of amended motion coming soon.

10 September 2019, Yarra Ranges Council, Victoria, Australia, population 149,537

Recognised that we are in a state of global climate emergency
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Minutes are here.

MOTION
Further to Council’s endorsed motion of June 25, 2019; being:
“That Council
a. Note recent reports from the Bureau of Meteorology, CSIRO and IPCC highlighting the risks that climate change poses to the health and prosperity of our communities.
b. Seek a report from the Director Environment & Engineering to councillors that includes a comprehensive evaluation of the current Adapting to a Changing Climate and Energy Future plan; and outlines a range of actions Council could take, as an organisation and in partnership with the community, that would be consistent with global efforts to limit warming to below 1.5 degrees and adapt to the likely impacts of climate change.”

Council acknowledges that this report will proceed as planned and be incorporated into a Climate Emergency Framework that:
1. delivers an approach for all council staff to have consideration, in all their actions and decisions, for significantly reducing carbon emissions and adapting to a changing climate;
2. delivers an approach for council staff to engage with the community to encourage them to consider significantly reducing carbon emissions and adapting to a changing climate;
such that this promotes an awareness of the urgency needed to reach the goals set in the report, when endorsed by council, with a plan that treats the approach as a pending emergency, thereby establishing the Climate Emergency Framework.
Council recognises that we are in a state of global climate emergency that requires urgent action by all levels of government, including by local councils.