Think global, act local, a climate emergency campaign launch has heard.
The peaceful gathering on Friday, November 8 called on Port Macquarie-Hastings Council to declare a climate emergency.
Speakers and music featured during the Town Green event organised by a collaboration of groups.
Dr Sarah Mollard spoke to demand our council declares a climate emergency and takes urgent steps to safeguard our community.
"We have now polluted our air with enough extra carbon dioxide to create an emergency situation," she said.
Dr Mollard said this emergency was not of a far-off nature.
"We are facing the impacts of a climate emergency right here and right now," she said.
Speaker Rachel Sheppard told the gathering that the solutions to the climate emergency already existed.
"All it takes is the political will to make them happen," she said.
"A climate emergency declaration is all about mobilising resources in enough intensity and quickly enough to address the emergency that faces us."
Ms Sheppard spoke about the need to think global, act local.
Deputy mayor Lisa Intemann, who spoke from a personal viewpoint, is seeking community ideas.
Cr Intemann plans to hold discussion sessions after the fire crisis is over to give people an opportunity to express their ideas on what they think should be done locally to address climate change and ensure the best future.
People can email their suggestions and comments to Cr Intemann on firstname.lastname@example.org
On the council front, a report is due back to the December council meeting with an overview of significant sustainability initiatives and programs which the council has previously and is currently engaged in.
The report will include how each might relate to climate change mitigation and/or adaptation.
Mayor Peta Pinson told The Port News she respected the democracy shown as a result of the peaceful climate emergency campaign.
"Council already undertakes sustainable and environmental actions," she said.
"Council is committed to a healthy, sustainable community and environment for all.
"I see council taking responsible measures at present to address concerns in relation to climate and climate changes."
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