Community in Mornington consulted on climate change
July 04, 2007
Climate change and greenhouse gas emissions were the topic of community consultations in Mornington Peninsula Shire (Australia).
The reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and the need to act on climate change feature in many of Mornington’s Council policies. The Executive and Council decided that greenhouse issues needed to be better integrated into decision making around infrastructure and building provision.
To achieve this there was a need for greater community awareness of the potential effects of climate change in the region, which would help the community appreciate the activities of council in this area now and in the future. Additionally, there was a desire in council to show leadership on this issue and to support the community to take steps to address their own emissions.
Every two years the council undertakes a round of community consultations to help inform its community planning process. By raising community and organizational awareness of the issues and effects of climate change on the local area, council is now better able to plan support services that will be required by its community, and has brought its message to a broader audience.
Specifically, lessons learned from engaging the community in its planning for climate change and greenhouse action were:
- The community needs to be adequately informed of the content and intent of the sessions prior to their delivery.
- Ways need to be explored to attract a younger audience by offering childcare and other measures.
- The presentation needs to be understandable and tailored to the local area.
- The presentation needs to be positive and informative.
For more information, please go to www.mornpen.vic.gov.au.
More and more cities are facing the need to mitigate climate change while already adapting to the changes brought about by climate change. ICLEI’s Cities for Climate Protection® (CCP) Campaign is an innovative international campaign that helps local government and their communities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and their impact on the environment. And now, the CCP Campaign is launching the Adaptation Initiative, building capacity for climate change impacts at the local level. For more information, please visit www.iclei.org/ccp.
Mornington Peninsula Shire is one of 95 local governments in Australia that are currently Members of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability. For more information on ICLEI and its activities in the Oceania Region, please visit www.iclei.org/oceania.
Source: ICLEI Oceania Newsletter, July 2007.