Saturday, May 25, 2024

Councils unite for community climate action

Yarra City Council is partnering with Darebin and Moreland Councils to help local residents seeking to take effective action on climate change.

“The Community Skills for Climate Action Program supports people to come together and take effective climate action whether this be through conversations, education, local projects or advocacy campaigns,” Yarra Mayor Gabrielle de Vietri said.

The nine-session training program which begins in September, is currently accepting applications.

Darebin, Moreland and Yarra Councils are working together to fund and deliver the program.

“We are really proud to be partnering with neighbouring councils to deliver this important program,” said Mayor de Vietri.

“We are all in this together, and to tackle climate change, we need everyone to play their part.”

This series aligns with Yarra’s Climate Emergency Plan, which was unanimously adopted by Yarra Council in 2020 and is one of the first of its kind from an Australian council.

“An important priority in our Climate Emergency Plan is to mobilise and engage the community on climate change,” Mayor de Vietri said.

“Yarra has a long and proud history of taking bold climate action, as one of the first local governments to declare a climate emergency in 2017,” she said.

“We set high expectations to deliver a best-practice local government climate emergency response, and I am incredibly proud to say we delivered.”

Yarra’s operations are powered by 100% renewable electricity thanks to an investment in solar and Council’s involvement in the Melbourne Renewable Energy Project.

Last year Yarra‘s leadership in this space was recognised when it received the Climate Champion Award in the Cities Power Partnership Climate Awards 2020.

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