- Reducing Council’s contribution to climate change and supporting the community to reduce their contribution to climate change.
- Adapting Council’s activities and services to become more resilient to climate change and realise the opportunities it provides.
- Working with the community to help build the resilience of our residents and local ecosystems to adapt to the effects of climate change.
In December 2014, Council unanimously adopted Stage 1 and Stage 2 of a new Coffs Harbour Emissions Reduction Plan (CHERP). The key targets were:
Emissions reduction target: Coffs Harbour City Council will reduce its per annum corporate emissions (tonnes CO2-e) from 2010 levels by 25% by 2020 and by 50% by 2025
Renewable energy target: Coffs Harbour City Council energy use to consist of 25% renewables by 2020, 50% renewables by 2025 and 100% renewables by 2030.
This is all good!
But we are now waiting for Council to put these commitments into action. We have launched a petition (text below) to let Council know that the community is watching and expects decisive action on climate change.
We, community members of the Coffs Coast, wish to express our support for and call for the full implementation of the Coffs Harbour City Council’s Climate Change Policy, Emissions Reduction Targets and Renewable Energy Targets.
We recognise the urgent need to address climate change and call on Council to:
- Follow up the targets with a plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions as quickly as possible;
- Integrate action on climate change into all of their activities;
- Support the community to fully transition to net zero emissions.
This petition will be available to sign at our upcoming markets stalls (the next ones are at Harbourside Markets on Sunday 13 March and at Coffs Growers Markets on Thursday 17 March) and our upcoming events, including the Earth Hour dinner at Park Beach Reserve on Saturday 19 March.
Want to do more?
- call or email Coffs Harbour City Councillors (contact details on Council website) and let them know why action on climate change is important to you;
- sign up to Coffs Coast Climate Action Group email list to be kept up to date with developments and actions, and come along to our meetings to get more involved.