Australia Climate action and sustainable development

So you’ve declared a climate emergency. What Next?


  • In March 2020 the City of Melbourne hosted the National Climate Emergency Summit, convening practitioners, advocates, governments, youth leaders, and industry innovators from across Australia to explore and unpack what a climate emergency transition could look like at local, national, and global levels.
  • Coming at the end of a devastating season of bushfires, the March event highlighted the work of councils and others in addressing climate change in our local communities. This briefing looks at the climate emergency movement, its history, and what it means for local government. The climate emergency movement is relevant to local government as it was started by local government and highlights the impact of effective local government advocacy and leadership.
  • The briefing focusses on a case study of the work of individual councils to better understand how local governments are, and can, respond to and leading change in response to global warming. While the case studies focus on two Victorian councils, their actions and initiatives are equally applicable to local governments elsewhere in Australia.
  • This briefing will be of interest to councillors, managers, sustainability officers, land use planners, community engagement experts, and all those in councils interested in building a local government response to slow down the impacts of climate on their local communities.

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