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Climate Change Policy Statement Review – Discussion Paper released for comment

Climate change is a key issue for Local Governments that impacts almost all aspects of their operations and responsibilities.  
WALGA is reviewing the existing Policy Statement on Climate Change, endorsed by State Council in 2009 to ensure it reflects the contemporary views of the sector and takes into account the significant scientific, technological and political developments that have occurred in that time.
WALGA has released a Discussion Paper and is seeking input from Local Government on key advocacy priorities for Local Government, and on the preferred content of the Policy Statement. Click here to veiw the paper.

Comment on the Discussion Paper is sought by Tuesday, 16 January 2018. Please send comments to environment@walga.asn.au

For further information, contact Laura Simes, Environment Policy Advisor, lsimes@walga.asn.au  or 9213 2049.


Local Governments and Climate Change

Acknowledging Climate Change
1.1.1 Local Government recognises that the global climate is changing as a consequence of increased concentrations of greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere, and that these increased concentrations are largely the result of human activities.
1.1.2 Local Government considers climate change to be a serious current threat to our current way of life and the Earth’s ecosystems.
1.1.3 Local Government acknowledges that some human-induced climate change is already having an impact on human and natural communities and that further climate change will occur as a result of past, present and future emissions.

Australia's Obligation to Act
1.3.1 Local Government acknowledges that the Australian community has historically contributed, and continues to contribute, disproportionately to global greenhouse gas emissions. Australia has achieved considerable economic wealth in the process. It therefore has a responsibility for current climate change and an ethical obligation and opportunity to play a leadership role, commensurate with its capabilities, in contributing to the national and global greenhouse gas reductions necessary to avoid dangerous climate change.
1.3.2 Local Government asserts that climate change, being a matter of national significance, is a direct responsibility of the State and Federal Governments and that as a result the State and Federal Governments have an obligation to address climate change in cooperation with Local Government, and in consultation with the Australian community as a whole.

The policy positions above, are outlined in WALGA's Policy Statement on Climate Change (2009), and the climate change section of WALGA Advocacy Position Statements.

Climate Change Declaration Signatories
Local Governments from across Western Australia have committed to WALGA’s Climate Change Declaration that demonstrates their acknowledgment of the impacts of climate change and their commitment to developing locally appropriate mitigation and adaptation strategies to manage climate change. To date, 40 Local Governments have signed the Climate Change Declaration, representing 65% of Western Australia’s population. WALGA encourages all remaining Local Governments to become signatories of the Declaration, which will further support WALGA to advocate for the appropriate funding and development of legislative mechanisms to support Local Government climate change management.

WALGA provides the following Climate Change information for Local Governments:


WALGA's Carbon Reduction Efforts