Central Coast Greens have called for the next Central Coast Council to heed a new report from the Climate Council and make a pledge for local action on climate change. The Climate Council report shows local governments are able to deliver effective action and are “leading State and Federal governments on tackling climate change and capitalising on opportunities in renewable energy”.
In conjunction with the report, the Climate Council has invited local governments to sign up to its ‘Cities Power Partnership’ pledge. The program would give Central Coast Council access to resources, mentoring, networks and development opportunities to help it take action in areas ranging from renewable energy and efficiency to transport and advocacy.
Ms Sue Wynn, Greens Candidate for the Budgewoi Ward in the upcoming council elections said:
“This is a fantastic opportunity for the new Central Coast Council. “We must get on board in order to gain access to the networks and support being offered. Central Coast Greens already have comprehensive policies for local action on climate change.”
The Green’s candidate for The Entrance Ward, Ms Cath Connor, said:
“This report backs up our view that the Council must take a lead in this area, and it provides an incentive to take action now. Our climate action policies include promoting renewable energy and transport solutions, divestment from fossil fuel industries, disaster planning, design innovations and improvements in waste management.”
“Taking the Climate Council’s pledge will give Central Coast Council access to resources that support us in achieving meaningful, measurable action in our local community. Climate change may be a global issue, but action at a local level matters, not least because it builds momentum and pressure on others to do the same.”
This article first appeared in the Wyong Regional Chronicle on 15 August 2017