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The MAYNE View on climate change

The IPCC report tells us that in the next decade with current emissions, the Earth is likely to heat by more than 1.5°C.

 

In the Eurobodalla our ocean is heating at three times the global rate and land temperatures are on average already more than 1.5 degrees higher.

  

Climate change of this magnitude is already having an adverse impact on our health and well-being. We need to take action.

On 13 August 2019, your Council voted down a Climate Emergency Declaration motion, put forward by Cr Pat McGinlay and seconded by Cr Anthony Mayne. The minutes of that meeting show that Council did everything it could to avoid agreeing to anything meaningful in respect to climate change. Since that day in August 2019, we have had the worst drought on record, the hottest year on record, followed by unprecedented bushfires and seven major flooding events.

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We need a plan

  

Our Council is developing a new Climate Resilience and Adaptation plan for our Shire.  This plan will update the current Emission Reduction Plan 2017-2021. While the MAYNE Team looks forward to this plan to help the Eurobodalla reduce emissions and adapt to the climate change that is already locked in, its implementation must be part of a broader integrated Climate Management Strategy and Plan.

Our Council has no climate management plan for the simple reason that, on 13 August 2019, only a short time before the terrible bushfires, they decided that there wasn’t a problem … or at least, that if there was a problem it was not serious enough to address. We disagree. The MAYNE Team, when we are elected, and at the first meeting of the new Council will seek to pass a resolution whereby the Council accepts that:

  1. we are facing a climate crisis

  2. a climate management strategy and plan must be urgently developed in consultation with the community

  3. that as part of that strategy and plan, a scorecard is developed and updated quarterly.

The objectives of the Climate Management Strategy and Plan will be:

  • net zero by 2035 within the Shire as a whole

  • net zero by 2030 for our Council

  • to engage businesses and the community in managing climate change

  • to put in place processes and programs to meet and deal with business and community expectations

We will work with the community – businesses, community groups and individuals – to make our Shire a national local government benchmark for coping with and managing climate change.

The MAYNE Team's Climate Management Strategy and Plan consists of six integrated components as illustrated below. Working with businesses and the community we will be guided by them and follow the science.

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emissions: this piece will describe what needs to be done to reduce our emissions: this is at the heart of net zero

resilience: this piece will describe what we need to do to improve our management of future disasters 

health and well-being: we will describe how, as the climate changes, we will focus on  the health and well-being of the community

economy: managing climate change is an economic opportunity – this is how we will capitalise on the opportunity

environment: we’ll describe our approach to the conservation of biodiversity (aquatic ecosystems, native vegetation) which requires that we look at urban planning and building design for a warmer climate

food systems: we’ll describe how we’ll encourage and facilitate a sustainable food system that is affordable and healthy

All six components of the MAYNE Team's climate policy will be released along the path to election day.

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Michelle Hamrosi, candidate for The MAYNE Team, with one the people who will inherit the earth that we leave. Michelle’s t-shirt reads: “if not us, who? If not now, when?”

11 September 2021