Climate extremes have pushed Sydney to officially declare a climate emergency. This makes the City of Sydney the first Australian state capital to do so. The move also follows the publishing of a policy paper from a climate authority in Melbourne. The paper claims that climate change poses an existential threat to the human race.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore helmed the motion supported by councilors of the city. The motion is set to utilize city resources to reduce carbon footprints and minimize its disastrous impacts.
The official declaration puts climate change at the forefront of priorities when making policy and planning decisions. So what can Aussies expect from this declaration?
Measures will be taken to reduce emissions from transport. Currently, transportation emissions are a notable cause of the country’s increase in greenhouse emissions.
Faith leaders last Tuesday signed an open letter urging the transition to 100% renewable energy by 2030. If this pushes through, new coal and gas projects won’t be approved.
The city has also urged the federal government to support around 8,000 fossil fuel workers in the transition. This includes nationwide training programs to re-skill workers in the field of renewable energy. The movement will provide thousands of jobs that need to be filled.
Sydney’s move towards a low-emissions economy is a turning point for the country. Communities across Australia are urged to take part in the efforts to decarbonize the economy. Other nations should be inspired to follow suit. Hopefully, the declaration will ultimately pave the way for a better Australia and a better world for future generations.