The climate emergency revolution is underway!

by Greenpeace Australia Pacific

17 July 2019

From Kingborough in Tassie, to Wagga Wagga, to Sydney, Paris, London and New York: the wave of councils, towns and cities declaring climate emergencies is growing by the day.

While our federal government drags its feet on climate action, ordinary people are stepping up. Since the election, we’ve seen a surge of people from all walks of life committing what it takes to fight for a safe climate.

Break Free training in Melbourne

Together, we – the Australian people – are sounding the alarm from the ground up. Already the climate revolution has begun in our communities. Street by street, neighbourhood by neighbourhood, city by city. Driven by this rising tide of community action, a wave of councils have declared climate emergencies, with more joining all the time.

From Paris to Sydney, Auckland to Noosa, more than 160 million people are now represented by a local government that has stepped up and called the climate emergency for what it is, and many of them are also taking concrete steps to shift to 100% renewable energy.

A climate emergency declaration is an important first step. It’s the beginning, not the end. To fight the climate crisis we have to acknowledge its scale and urgency, something our federal government refuses to do. The more people and local councils that do this, the stronger the mandate for change is for our coal-obsessed Federal government. 

But, the most crucial part of this declaration is for councils to ACT like we’re in an emergency. Many councils already have commendable and innovative sustainability practices, but the big piece here is committing to 100% renewable energy. Coal is the number 1 cause of climate damage, so if a council isn’t actively working to make this commitment to 100% RE then there’s still significant work to be done.

Wondering where your council stands? Here’s the most up-to-date list of Australian councils that have declared a climate emergency:

Adelaide Hills Council
Australian Capital Territory
Ballarat City Council
Bellingen Shire Council
Blue Mountains City Council
Brimbank City Council
Byron Shire Council
Clarence Valley Council
Darebin City Council
Darwin City Council
Fremantle City Council
Gawler Town Council
Hawkesbury City Council
Hobart City Council
Indigo Shire Council
Inner West Council
Kingborough Council
Launceston City Council 
Light Regional Council
Lismore City Council
Maribyrnong City Council
Melbourne City Council
Moreland City Council
Mornington Peninsula Shire Council
Newcastle City Council
Noosa Shire Council
Randwick City Council

Ryde City Council
Sydney City Council
Upper Hunter Shire Council
Town of Victoria Park
Vincent City Council
Wagga Wagga Council
Wollongong City Council
Yarra City Council

The total number of councils is 34, which represents a population of around 3.25 million people or 12.9% of the population. 

Is your council not on the list? Call on them to be next! Or if your council is already on board, sign the open letter calling for the federal government to declare a climate emergency.

Sign the open letter

Want to do even more? If you’re keen to be a part of it, the local Break Free group would love your help to continue the fight for 100% RE. Sign up here. 

Greenpeace Australia Pacific

By Greenpeace Australia Pacific

Greenpeace is an independent campaigning organisation that uses non-violent direct action to expose global environmental problems and to force solutions which are essential to a green and peaceful future.