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To: Yarra Ranges Council

Yarra Ranges Council Breakfree from Fossil Fuels

We did it!!

On September 10th Yarra Ranges Council declared a Climate Emergency! They have joined many other councils from around the world in taking a big step to address the climate emergency.

Thanks to you all for signing the petition, and to those who packed the council chambers to call for change.

Yarra Ranges Council is already being proactive in taking action on climate change - this motion will push them to raise the bar even higher, as well as adding to the worldwide chorus of councils, professional groups and organisations calling on national governments to take real action to address the climate crisis.

Now we must keep the momentum going - this is just the beginning.

Yarra Ranges Council Breakfree from Fossil Fuels

We ask the council to address the climate crisis by:

1. Declaring a state of climate emergency;
2. Committing to a target of 100% Renewable Energy for Council Operations by 2025; and
3. Committing to a target of net zero carbon emissions for the community by 2040.

Why is this important?

We are facing a climate catastrophe. Leading scientists have warned that we have less than 12 years to take emergency action on climate change, or we face the gravest threats to our local and global environment. The climate emergency is already all around us and is impacting our lives in so many ways - devastating droughts, floods, bushfires all over the country, deadly air pollution, and a reef on life support.

This is an emergency and we must act now.

Globally, several hundred cities/councils have already declared climate emergencies, and they are making an important and vital contribution to addressing the climate crisis. Bold climate action can deliver new green jobs and economic benefits, preserve wildlife and habitats, and improve the lives of people in our community.

By declaring a climate emergency, the council will show our community, the State and the Federal Government that urgent action is needed to restore a safe and healthy planet for ourselves and generations to come.

2442-2444 Warburton Hwy, Yarra Junction VIC 3797

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Reasons for signing

  • I am panicking about having only 10 years to make change happen.
  • We all need to make this issue visible and urgent to all levels of government. Sadly the LNP have their heads in the sand with their ‘profit at any cost’ outlook!
  • To persuade councils to think global and act local. It is every person's moral obligation to save our planet, including our elected representatives.


2019-09-12 09:05:38 +1000

Petition is successful with 492 signatures

2019-08-12 12:48:23 +1000

100 signatures reached

2019-07-25 22:23:58 +1000

50 signatures reached

2019-07-18 23:19:24 +1000

25 signatures reached

2019-07-18 12:34:05 +1000

10 signatures reached