The ocean and the bush were central to the life of the First Nations people, the traditional owners and original inhabitants of our region. This remains true for our community today.
Climate change is already affecting the way we live. It will continue to impact both our natural environment and the liveability of the Northern Beaches and demands urgent local and global action. We must take the opportunity to work collaboratively with the community and key stakeholders to accelerate action to reduce risks and address long term predicted effects of climate change. This will include impacts from sea level rise, frequency of extreme weather events, bushfires, coastal storms, floods and drought.
In order to manage climate change, a dual approach of both mitigation and adaptation is required.
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.
Greenhouse gas emissions drive climate change with emissions being generated through electricity and gas usage, transport choices and waste generation.
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.
Council offers a range of environmental programs and resources to help you take action on climate change.