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Local Governments and Climate Change

Local Government acknowledges:
  1. The science is clear: climate change is occurring and greenhouse gas emissions from human activities are the dominant cause.
  2. Climate change threatens human societies and the Earth’s ecosystems.
  3. Urgent action is required to reduce emissions, and to adapt to the impacts from climate change that are now unavoidable.
  4. A failure to adequately address this climate change emergency places an unacceptable burden on future generations.
Local Government is committed to addressing climate change.
 
Local Government is calling for:
  1. Strong climate change action, leadership and coordination at all levels of government.
  2. Effective and adequately funded Commonwealth and State Government climate change policies and programs. 
The policy positions above come from  WALGA's Policy Statement on Climate Change (2018).

This Policy Statement was endorsed by State Council on Wednesday, 4 July 2018, following extensive consultation with the sector over the last six months, including a Climate Change Policy Statement Discussion Paper  and draft WALGA Climate Change Policy provided for sector feedback.

The previous Policy Statement was endorsed by State Council in 2009 and it was recognised that the statement required updating to take account of significant developments in scientific understanding of climate change, international and national political developments, and the increasing urgency for effective climate change adaptation and mitigation action.

The overwhelming response from Councils, elected members and officers was supportive of producing a stronger climate change policy statement. The revised Policy Statement represents the consolidated view of the sector and forms the basis of WALGA’s climate change advocacy. It does not bind individual Local Governments.
 

Climate Change Declaration Signatories

Local Governments from across Western Australia have committed to WALGA’s Climate Change Declaration that demonstrates their acknowledgment of the impacts of climate change and their commitment to developing locally appropriate mitigation and adaptation strategies to manage climate change. To date, 40 Local Governments have signed the Climate Change Declaration, representing 65% of Western Australia’s population. WALGA encourages all Local Governments to become signatories of the Declaration, which will further support WALGA to advocate for the appropriate funding and development of legislative mechanisms to support Local Government climate change management. For further information, see the first item on our Templates and Tools page. 

WALGA provides the following Climate Change information for Local Governments:

  • Templates and Tools includes policy templates, climate change mitigation tools and information for developing a climate change adaptation strategy;
  • Climate Change Projects includes information on relevant topics such as divestment, street lighting, urban forestry, coastal hazards, legal advice and funding opportunities;
  • Local Government Project Map to link together up-to-date resources on climate change adaptation and mitigation;
  • WALGA Events: Past Presentations incudes past and relevant information presented at the Climate Change Collaborators events, the Climate Change Forum, and other events related to climate change; and
  • Additional Climate Change Resources for external advice.

 

WALGA's Carbon Reduction Efforts

6 Star NABERS Energy Rating

WALGA headquarters in West Leederville was officially operational on 20 January 2014. The Office achieved a five star Green Star Design rating, and a six star NABERS energy rating. Further information is set out in the documents below: