Knox residents are being asked to consider small, everyday actions they can take to address the impacts of climate change, as part of a community-wide Climate Response Plan developed by Knox City Council.
Knox City Council Mayor, Cr Lisa Cooper said it is easy to feel climate change is beyond our ability to address, but we each have an opportunity to make practical steps towards improvement.
“Climate change is a global and often-intimidating issue causing measurable impacts to the local environment, infrastructure, businesses and households,” said Cr Cooper.
“We’re encouraging individual residents to take practical, manageable steps to reduce their own impact on the climate, such as reducing waste going into landfill, shopping locally, walking or cycling to work or school rather than driving, and even installing solar panels.”
Council will also plan activities to support the community’s efforts, by expanding facilities for electric vehicles, supporting rental properties to install solar panels and implementing car and bike share programs throughout Knox.
These actions will complement city-wide initiatives such as the investigation of a solar energy farm to be installed on a former landfill site, replacing public lighting with LEDs and the introduction of more electric vehicles into Council’s fleet.
Council recognises that without action now to slow its effects and adapt to its impacts, climate change will have consequences for our community’s health, our buildings and facilities, and local biodiversity.
“An issue this far-reaching requires a whole-of-Knox response, and the Climate Response Plan aims to be a blueprint for community, industry and Council to each take manageable steps to make a difference, said Cr Cooper.
“We encourage the community to share their thoughts and ideas on this shared plan,” said Cr Cooper.
The plan is currently available for review and feedback. These actions span the key themes of:
- Community health
- Efficient building and infrastructure
- Renewable energy, and
- Business and industry.
Community members can provide input on the plan through a number of channels, including an online survey and a series of pop-up sessions throughout Knox. Community consultation will end on 18 July 2021. More information on how to have your say is available on Council’s website at haveyoursay.knox.vic.gov.au/climate.