This summer has shown us what lies ahead if we continue to ignore the science and allow short term economics to guide decisions. The cost of doing nothing has far outstripped the cost of action, and the time to act is now!
Greens on Council will:
- Enact stronger climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies.
- Better prepare for more frequent and more intense bushfire and flooding events.
- Improve the Coast’s capacity to care for injured, rare and threatened wildlife.
- Declare a Climate Emergency.
We must do more to avoid further impact from our already fragile and damaged climate.
While we applaud the Council for its groundbreaking decision in 2010 to offset 100% of council electricity usage with the construction of the Solar Farm at Valdora, much more needs to be done to curb the environmental impacts from excessive development and inappropriate land use.
Bushfire and flood events are set to become more common, and have greater impacts on our community as we move into these unprecedented levels of climate instability. With several near catastrophic major fires in just the last three years right here on the Coast, more needs to be done to prepare and adapt to our changing climate.
Our Rural Fire Services and State Emergency Services must be adequately resourced as well as given the opportunity for meaningful input in to Council decisions on when, and where to make preparations (including hazard reduction burns) in advance of predicted events, and not just after the emergency has started.
We also need to ensure our community run services have the resources and capacity to care for sick and injured wildlife, and not just domestic strays and unwanted pets. Our Land For Wildlife hosts and volunteer organisations play a key role in caring for animals and providing shelter, and it is imperative that the Council recognises their contribution to society.
We are already in a Climate Emergency, and the Council should formally recognise this. It’s time to listen to the science, take notes from the professionals, and learn from the traditions of the Kabi Kabi and Jinibara people that successfully managed the land and its fauna for tens of thousands of years, if we plan for future generations to enjoy it for another ten thousand more.