Climate change is arguably the most important global issue in our current time with very significant social, economic and environmental impacts. The projected impacts of climate change will affect almost every aspect of local government including provision of infrastructure, recreational facilities, health services, land use planning and park and bushland management.
National Context for Climate Action
Australia is one of the world’s top twenty polluters. We release more carbon per person than any other country in the developed world. Thus we have a political and ethical obligation to act and to act urgently.
Effects of Climate Change
On 16 August 2011, the Climate Commission released the report Climate Change Impacts for Western Australia. The report states that the south-west of Western Australia is particularly vulnerable to climate change. The effects include decreasing rainfall, rising sea levels and threats to biodiversity.
The Climate Commission is an independent body set up to provide a reliable and authoritative source of information on climate change, and to help inform the debate on this issue of national significance. Click here to visit the Climate Commission website.
Town of Mosman Park’s Action on Climate Change
The Town of Mosman Park is committed to sustainability with many initiatives in the areas of biodiversity, water, waste and energy. Actions specific to addressing climate change include offsets to the fleet vehicles, all vehicles must comply with a minimum 3.5 star Green Vehicle Guide rating and there is a 6.5KW photovoltaic system on the Administration Building. The Town of Mosman Park Green Team is a group of staff actively working to reduce the environmental impact of the organisation by switching off lights and computer monitors, recycling, saving water and other initiatives.
In September 2011, Council adopted a Local Climate Change Adaptation Action Plan 2011 - 2016 and a Climate Change Policy Statement . These documents outline how to the Town will adapt to and mitigate against climate change in the coming years. The Town is also a signatory of the WA Local Government Association (WALGA) Declaration on Climate Change.
Climate change is also being addressed at a regional level. In 2010, the Western Suburbs Regional Organisation of Councils (WESROC) developed a Change Risk Assessment and Adaptation Action Plan
From left to right: Mayor Ron Norris and WALGA President Troy Pickard, Climate Change Declaration Signing Ceremony, 15 May 2012.
Clockwise from top left: Mayor Phil Marks, Mayor Heather Henderson, Mayor Ron Norris, Mayor Trevor Vaughan, Mayor Alannah MacTiernan, President Shane Love,
President Wally Barrett, WALGA President Troy Pickard and Mayor David Boothman, Climate Change Declaration Signing Ceremony, 15 May 2012.