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Climate Action

Across the globe there's an urgent need to reduce carbon emissions to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. We all have a part to play to achieve deep cuts to emissions. It requires a shared effort between residents, businesses, councils and other levels of government.

What is climate change?

It's any change in the climate, lasting for several decades or longer, including changes in temperature, rainfall or wind patterns.

Our climate is changing quite dramatically – it’s getting hotter. The global average temperature has already risen by 1.1°C since the pre-industrial period (1700s).

While the earth’s climate has changed throughout history, scientists agree that the significant changes we’ve seen over the past 100 years or so have been due to human activities. Recent warming is also happening at a rate that is much faster than previous climatic changes.

What's causing climate change?

Since the Industrial Revolution (which began in the mid to late 1700s), greenhouse gases have built up in the atmosphere, which is trapping more heat close to the earth’s surface resulting in warmer global temperatures. This is because humans began digging up and burning coal, oil and gas, as well as scaling up agriculture and tree-clearing (deforestation), and increasing waste (landfill), which are all processes that produce greenhouse gases.

Temperature rise has resulted in warmer average temperatures, heat waves, flooding, poor air quality, species loss, rising sea levels and bushfires.

What does it mean for Moonee Valley?

  • Increased frequency and severity of floods, heatwaves and droughts.
  • Impacts on wildlife due to heat stress, drought and habitat changes.
  • Impacts on health due to changes in air pollution and aeroallergens (such as pollen), vector-borne diseases, extreme weather events and other factors.
  • Increased pressure on emergency services and health systems to deal with the health impacts of climate change.
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Consider solar power for your home

Switch off lights and other devices at the socket when you're not using them

Swap halogen or fluorescent lights for LED lighting

Purchase renewable power through your energy retailer

Learn more through the home Energy Action Guide

Avoid buying products with plastic packaging and recycle your soft plastic at a RedCycle collection point at Coles or Woolworths

Place your food scraps into your green lid bins or compost

Pack nude food (plastic free) lunches for work and school

Buy less stuff and think about repairingswapping or borrowing before you buy something new

Take public transport, cycle or walk when possible

Consider using a car sharing service or car pooling

Climate Change Stories

Climate Stories of Moonee Valley – Community Competition

Share your climate story for a chance to win!

By sharing climate stories, we can all better understand how climate change is impacting us and our community and how we can adapt.

A climate story is your personal story of climate change from your experience and observations. This might include, for example, living through extreme weather events, adapting lifestyles, changing habits, creative solutions or reminiscing about lost environments.

Entries can be submitted under three age categories with prizes for each category winner.

  • Primary up to 12 years of age - Winner receives a $100 Zoos Victoria voucher.
  • Secondary ages 13 – 18 - Winner receives a $100 Biome eco store voucher.
  • Adults ages 19+ - Winner receives a $100 Source bulk food store voucher.

Guidelines:

  • Entries in writing, no more than 800 words (no minimum).
  • Up to three images may be submitted with your story.
  • Children must include guardian contact information as part of submission process.
  • Individual submissions only.
  • Stories should be personal and honest.
  • Stories are not required to be only about Moonee Valley but should involve experiences of and engagement with the changing environment.
  • Stories may be published in Council publications.

Inspiration:

Not sure where to start, consider the below questions:

  • What are your fears?
  • What are your hopes?
  • How things have changed?
  • What have you witnessed?
  • How can we work together?
  • What is your emotional response to the impacts of climate change? Does it differ to your friends and family?
  • What are you doing to make a difference?
  • How and where have you seen the impacts of climate change?
  • Do you have active hope for the future?
  • What action have you taken to address climate change?
  • What do you value?
  • What or who inspires you to care about the changing environment?
  • What have you learnt about in regard to the changing environment?
  • What will you do next to address climate change?

Examples of climate stories from around the world:

Climate Generation

Common Ground

Climate Stories Project

Penn Arts and Sciences

Yale Climate Connections

For more inspiration and tips, join our storytelling workshop with Kate Lawrence from Story Ground.

When: 7pm – 8:30pm, Thursday 16th September 2021

Where: Sam Merrifield Library (to shift to online delivery if restrictions require)

Register via here.

Judging:

Stories will be judged against three categories:

1. Connection to climate change

2. Storytelling

3. Personal connection

Winners will be announced week commencing 15 November 2021.

Submissions:

Submit your entry HERE.

Entries close 5pm, Monday 18 October 2021.

Enquiries to environment@mvcc.vic.gov.au

Take action

We all have a part to play in reducing emissions and it is still possible to limit global temperatures to prevent the most disastrous consequences of climate change.

Don’t leave it too late and be part of the solution and take climate action in 2020!

Reduce your home's emissions 

  • Transition your home from gas to electric. To help get you started watch Council’s webinar Getting Off Gas HERE.
  • Watch Council’s Summer Home Efficiency webinar hosted by the Sapien Group.
  • Consider solar power for your home
  • Watch Council’s solar webinar hosted by Renew HERE.
  • Consider a solar hot water system, State Government rebate available here
  • Remember to switch off lights and other devices at the socket when not in use
  • Swap your halogen or fluorescent lights with LED lighting
  • Install sensor lighting outdoors or remember to turn off outdoor lighting when not required
  • Select energy efficient appliances for your home
  • Purchase renewable power through your energy retailerFind out more through the Energy Action Guide
  • Switch to electric. When replacing appliances go for induction cooktops, electric hot water pumps and reverse cycle heating rather than ducted gas systems. More information here.
  • Calculate your own household carbon footprint
  • Visit the Victorian Government’s Energy Info Hub for support reducing your energy bill.

Reduce your waste

  • Avoid buying products with plastic packaging and recycle you soft plastic at a RedCycle collection point at Coles or Wooolworths
  • Place your food scraps into your Council green lid bins or compost. Avoid creating food waste in the first place with a few easy steps. Visit the Love Food Hate Waste website for inspiration.
  • Pack nude food (plastic free) lunches for work and school
  • Buy less stuff and instead think about repairingswapping or borrowing before you buy something new

 

 

Eat less meat

Choose sustainable transport

  • Take public transport, cycle or walk when possible
  • Consider using a car sharing service or car pooling
  • The Victorian Government is incentivising Victorians to choose to buy an Zero Emissions Vehicle (ZEV) through the Zero Emissions Vehicle Subsidy Program, saving people up to $3,000 on the purchase of a ZEV and driving Victoria’s transition to a net-zero emissions future. Click HERE to find the public place EV charging stations in Moonee Valley.

Divest your funds

  • Do you know if your savings and mortgage are funding fossil fuel projects? Invest your savings in banks and superannuation funds that protect not damage our environment. Learn more at marketforces.org.au
  • Investigate your investments
  • You can view our recent divestment webinar by Market Forces here

 

Take 2- Take the climate change pledge

  • More than 12,000 Victorians have taken the pledge and become part of a growing movement working towards achieving zero-net emissions and keeping global temperature rise to under two degrees. Pledge here.

 

TALK! Have a conversation about climate change

Having a conversation about climate change is a simple way to improve community awareness. Here are some fact to get you started:

  • The World is warming- Global average temperatures have been rising for more than 50 years. According to Monash University the number of warm December night in Moonee Valley has increased significantly since 1970, from three to seven night above 15c.
  • The intensity of extreme weather is increasing – While extreme weather events may occur naturally, climate change is influencing the frequency and severity of these events.
  • Climate change is already affecting our health – heat causes more deaths than any other type of extreme weather in Australia.
  • Australia has an important role to play – Australia is the largest emitter of greenhouse gases per person of any country in the developed world.
  • Immediate action is critical – The decisions we make now will determine the severity of climate change.

Learn more below

Take community action

We've declared a Climate Emergency

We know there's an urgent need to reduce carbon emissions to avoid the worst impacts of this climate emergency. That’s why in October 2019 we joined 58 councils across Australia and more than 1,000 worldwide in declaring climate change should be treated as a national emergency.

The purpose of the climate emergency declaration movement is to accelerate sustained and meaningful action by all levels of government, and for people globally to engage with the challenge of avoiding catastrophic climate change and restoring a safe climate.

Click HERE for a full list of Council’s environmental achievements.

What have we done so far?

 

  • Mar 12, 2020

    From July 1 2021 Council will be powering it’s operations with 100% renewable electricity as part of Australia’s largest ever local government emissions reduction initiative.

  • Mar 12, 2020

    Achieved carbon neutral certification for Council operations

  • Mar 12, 2020

    Declared a climate emergency

  • Mar 12, 2020

    Reduced our greenhouse emissions from our operations by 44 per cent since 2010

  • Mar 12, 2020

    Replaced 6,000 street lights with more energy efficient alternatives

  • Mar 12, 2020

    Installed 2,758 solar panels on 30 of our buildings

  • Mar 12, 2020

    Planting 2,700 trees each year to increase our tree canopy

  • Mar 12, 2020

    Running education programs and events to support the community to adapt to climate change

  • Mar 12, 2020

    Offering to enter into Environmental Upgrade Agreements with commercial building owners to make sustainable upgrades to their operations

  • Mar 12, 2020

    Providing a residential kerbside food and organics recycling collection service to reduce emissions created by food breaking down in landfill

  • Mar 12, 2020

    Have introduced full electric vehicles to our fleet

  • Mar 12, 2020

    Joined the Cities Power Partnership program that brings together Australian cities and towns making the switch to clean energy.

More information

Latest environment news

Joint Council feasibility study into reusable nappies gets funding boost

Joint Council feasibility study into reusable nappies gets funding boost

Moonee Valley City Council has joined 11 other Councils in working together to research and understand how to implement a best practice reusable nappy program to reduce waste to landfill.

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Share your climate change story for a chance to win!

Do you have a climate change story to share? We’re very excited to launch the Climate Stories competition. We want to hear your personal story of climate change from your experience and observations.

Moonee ponds creek

Design concepts for Moonee Ponds Creek Strathmore are here!

Melbourne Water is working with the Chain of Ponds Collaboration Group to reimagine a section of the Moonee Ponds Creek to create a more appealing waterway, activate open space, enhance recreational opportunities along the creek and improve waterway health.