Climate Emergency: We are committed to urgent action
Moreland Council is one of thousands of governments and organisations acknowledging that we are in a state of climate emergency that requires urgent action by all levels of government and society.
Moreland has a long and proud history of leadership action on climate change and environmental sustainability. We acknowledge the need to step up further. We will be engaging more deeply to support our community to take individual and collective action and collaborating in our advocacy to State and Federal Government for urgent and effective policy and legislative reform.
We acknowledge the scale and speed of transformation needed to change our energy markets, our economy, our legislation, and our lifestyles to eliminate and draw down greenhouse gas emissions. This requires a nationwide and global emergency response.
We recognise that effective engagement and mobilisation of civil society and businesses in campaigning to demand emergency-mode action on climate change is critical. It is the foundation for the ‘political will’ required to prioritise action for a safe climate above the vested interests of the fossil fuel lobby. We aim to play our part in moving beyond an incremental approach to transitioning our society.
Take action on climate change
We committed to the Victorian Government’s TAKE2 collective climate change pledge initiative, which will help Victoria reach its net zero greenhouse gas emissions target by 2050.
In doing so, Victoria will make a meaningful contribution to helping keep global temperature rises to under two degrees.
To reach our target, and for Victoria to play its part in reducing global warming, we need to act together.
We are taking action and we encourage you to join us and take the TAKE2 pledge.
To avoid the most severe impacts of climate change, we all need to urgently and significantly reduce our carbon emissions.
What is causing climate change?
The greenhouse effect is a process where radiative energy from the sun passes through the atmosphere and warms the surface of the Earth. The Earth's surface then releases most of the energy as heat, back into the atmosphere. Greenhouse gases absorb some of this heat and raise temperatures on Earth's surface making it suitable for life.
With the enhanced greenhouse effect, human activities, particularly the burning of fossil fuels, are adding more greenhouse gases to the atmospher. This is enhancing the greenhouse effect, trapping more heat and causing global temperatures to rise.
The most common greenhouse gas is carbon dioxide (CO2) so greenhouse gases are often referred to as ‘carbon emissions’.
Changes that are taking place in our climate
The build up of heat in our climate system has already caused substantial changes:
- air and ocean temperatures have increased
- rainfall and snow patterns have changed, and
- extreme weather events such as heatwaves, floods and storms have increased.
Small changes in the Earth’s energy balance can lead to very large changes in the climate due to feedback mechanisms. For example, loss of sea ice in the Arctic Ocean uncovers more dark water that absorbs more heat that leads to a greater loss of sea ice.
Warming of only a few degrees doesn’t seem like much, but a change in the global average air temperature of more than a few degrees will mean that we will see weather events that we have never seen before. In fact, the difference in global average air temperature between an ice age and a warm period in recent Earth history is only 5 to 6 degrees Celsius.
Visit the Climate Council for further information on latest climate change research and monitoring.