Councils across the state take key leadership role on Climate Emergency

Credit NSW Greens article.


The Local Government NSW annual conference representing 127 councils across NSW yesterday passed a motion declaring a climate emergency, reflecting the role of councils across NSW in responding to climate change, and supporting their residents in this challenge.

The annual conference supported a motion from Greens Councillor for Ryde Christopher Gordon to declare a Climate Emergency.

So far 24 Councils across NSW have declared a climate emergency, with 14 of these initiated by Greens Councillors. Our 56 Greens Councillors across the state continue to represent residents seeking to reduce emissions, acknowledge the reality of climate change and protect their local environments.

Greens MP and Local Government Spokesperson David Shoebridge said: “It is significant that this conference with hundreds of voting delegates has drawn a line in the sand on climate change.

“Recognising the climate emergency is the first step in moving towards urgent action at all levels of government.

“Local Government is uniquely placed to understand the threat climate change poses to their area with councils close connections with local environment and community groups who are already witnessing the impacts of climate change.

“With Federal and State Governments controlled by climate deniers Local Councils have assumed a critical leadership role.

“We all live on the same planet, and all levels of Government need to do their bit to save our natural world and ensure a liveable future,” Mr Shoebridge said.

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