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Queenscliffe: the time to act on the climate emergency is NOW

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More than 11,000 scientists across 153 nations recently signed a statement declaring “clearly and unequivocally that planet Earth is facing a climate emergency."  Sir David Attenborough told the United Nations in December 2018: “If we don’t take action, the collapse of our civilisation and the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizon … time is running out."

Coastal communities like Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale are already experiencing the impact of global warming. The Victorian Government has recognised that the Borough of Queenscliffe is a priority area for assessment of coastal inundation, storm surge and erosion. Areas of our municipality are also at high risk of bushfire, likely to increase in frequency and severity with climate change.
The time to act is now. We acknowledge the work the Borough of Queenscliffe has already done to mitigate and adapt to climate change, but more is urgently required.
As the smallest local government in Victoria, we have the unique chance to become a world leader in responding effectively to the climate crisis. We can overcome the climate emergency if we work together. We are excited to work with our community and Council to achieve this.
We call upon the Mayor and Councillors of the Borough of Queenscliffe to:
- Recognise that we are in a state of climate emergency that requires urgent action by all levels of government, including local councils.

- Declare a climate emergency in the Borough of Queenscliffe and in doing so join forces with more than 1180 governments around the world who have made the declaration (including the United Kingdom, New York City Council and more than 20 local councils in Victoria, like the Surf Coast Shire and the City of Melbourne).

- Commit to working in partnership with the community to develop and implement a climate emergency response plan for the Borough of Queenscliffe.

- Make climate action a strategic priority for Council. Embed climate action in all council strategies, plans and action.

- Educate the community on the impact they can make, individually and together.

- Advocate for more climate action from state and federal governments.

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