Greens call for local climate action

Central Coast Greens are calling on the next 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,” according to The Greens”.

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.

Gosford West ward Greens candidate Ms Kate da Costa 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. 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.”

This article originally appeared in the Peninsula News on 21 August 2017

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