Climate emergency community forums

The City of Port Phillip joined the growing movement calling for urgent action to address Climate Change.

The City of Port Phillip joined the growing movement calling for urgent action to address Climate Change by declaring a Climate Emergency in September 2019. This declaration recognises the serious risk climate change poses to all Australians – including those living in Port Phillip.

In May 2020, we hosted the Climate Emergency Community Forums, a series of free online interactive sessions presented by the City of Port Phillip Sustainability Team in collaboration with the Port Phillip Emergency Climate Action Network (PECAN).

These sessions looked at what Council is doing to support our community to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and the related opportunities and challenges. There was also be an opportunity for participants to provide input and suggestions about how the community can take action and how Council can best support and facilitate these actions.

To ensure we all came together with a shared knowledge and understanding of the challenges we face, we prepared this video as an introduction. In this video, we present the greenhouse gas emissions data, specific to the City of Port Phillip.

Introductory video:

Session 1: What is the City of Port Phillip doing and why?

Wednesday 13 May 2020

In this session council officers presented Council’s Climate Emergency response including:

  • Council’s current emissions reduction actions
  • Council’s current programs to support community to reduce their own emissions

Recording of session 1:

Session 2: Actions you can take now

Wednesday 27 May 2020 

In this interactive session we asked for suggestions about actions the community can take now. Discussions focussed on how Council can provide support and facilitate change within our community.

Recording of Session 2:

What you told us at this session:

What actions are you taking to reduce the impacts of climate change?

Participants were invited to respond in a few words using a free type field. 99 community responses were made from a total of 83 participants. These have been grouped into key themes in the graph above.

Poll 1: Of the actions suggested by the Port Phillip Emergency Climate Action Network that the community can take with regards to renewable energy, which are you most interested in taking?

In terms of renewable energy, what help do you need to take these actions personally, or support others in our community to take these actions?

Participants were invited to respond in a few words using a free type field. 38 responses were made out of 83 total participants. These have been grouped into key themes in the graph above.

Poll 2: Of the actions suggested by the Port Phillip Emergency Climate Action Network that the community can take with regards to greening, which are you most interested in taking?

In terms of greening, what help do you need to take these actions personally, or support others in our community to take these actions?

Participants were invited to respond in a few words using a free type field. 61 responses were made out of 83 total participants. These have been grouped into key themes in the graph above.

Additional workshops: Community greening and energy sharing 

Dates for these workshops to be confirmed.

We heard at Session 1 and 2 that you want more information about community greening and energy sharing so in response, we’re going to hold workshops on these two topics.

Register your interest in the workshops.

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