The Sunshine Coast Council unanimously passed a motion to acknowledge the climate emergency.
Put forward by Cr David Law, the motion is a win for the grassroots community groups who have been campaigning for the council to declare a climate emergency for the past year.
After a lengthy debate, the motion passed unanimously with over 130 people tuning in online to watch the meeting. The Urgent Climate Action Network Sunshine Coast (UCANSC) is a network of 11 community groups and individuals who collaborated on the climate emergency declaration campaign.
UCANSC Spokesperson, Natalie Frost, said: “We are pleased with the unanimous support for Cr Law’s motion and look forward to working together with Council to rapidly reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.
“For us, this is just the beginning as we continue to advocate for stronger climate action at all levels of government. As a network, we have been working tirelessly to support this emergency declaration and are over the moon with yesterday’s result”.
The motion passed acknowledges the significant action already undertaken by Council, accepts the IPCC’s sixth assessment report and recognises that we are in a state of climate emergency that requires urgent and sustained effort to achieve net zero emissions by 2041.
It also requests that the CEO prepare an interim report on a proposed governance structure / framework that strengthens Council’s daily actions in response to the climate emergency.
Key to the campaign success was the community support. Individuals contacted their local councillors in support of the declaration and described how the impacts of climate change were already affecting their lives.
During the Council meeting, Councillor Suarez herself mentioned how her inbox had been inundated by requests for a declaration of this emergency by members of the community.
The UCANSC network has a membership of over 10,000 and continues to increase in numbers weekly.
If you would like to be a part of the network and advocate for bold climate action please contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org