We are working collaboratively with the community and key stakeholders to accelerate action to tackle climate change by reducing our emissions to help limit future climate change impacts. We are also reducing risks and addressing long term predicted effects of climate change which include impacts from sea level rise, frequency of extreme weather events, bush fires, coastal storms, floods and drought.
This is a challenge we can all work on together. In December 2019 Northern Beaches Council adopted Protect. Create. Live. Environment and Climate Change Strategy 2040. The strategy provides a roadmap for how we are shaping a bright environmental future by addressing the challenges and embracing opportunities. The strategy is supported by the Climate Change Action Plan.
Greenhouse gas emissions drive climate change and are generated through electricity and gas usage, transport choices and waste generation. At council we recently cut our emissions by around 80% by signing up to 100% renewable electricity.
As a community the Northern Beaches contributes almost 2 million tonnes of these emissions. We all need to reduce our carbon emissions to mitigate the future impacts of climate change.
We are already experiencing changes to our climate and further change is unavoidable (IPCC, 2018). Past emissions remain in the atmosphere for decades and during this time continue to cause temperatures to increase, essentially locking future change into the system. It is critical we prepare for these changes. We do this by being prepared for what is to come and adapting the way we design and build our structures. Buildings, roadways, stormwater pipes and seawalls will need to stand for the next 50 -100 years and be able to withstand future impacts.
We are working to develop and integrate policies and strategies that address climate change adaptation and community resilience. Council is also working with peak bodies to develop new frameworks to build resilience into infrastructure assets.
To see more of what Council has been doing have a look at our sustainability actions page, or check out the range of environmental programs and resources Council offers to help you take action on climate change.