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Council Leadership in the Climate Emergency

Kingston’s Climate and Ecological Emergency Response Plan (CEERP) was endorsed June 2021.

Council recognises that transformational change is needed to rapidly reduce carbon emissions and draw down emissions from the atmosphere in order to restore a safe climate.

Our ultimate target is net zero community emissions by 2030. Council’s own target for our corporate emissions is net zero by 2025.

Focus areas for Kingston’s Climate and Ecological Emergency Response were identified to have the biggest impact, in the shortest amount of time. 

The priority areas are:

  • Support low carbon living
  • Future proof business and industry
  • Transition to sustainable transport
  • Draw down or capture carbon from the atmosphere
  • Adapt to the impacts of climate change
  • Transform Council operations

Actions in these priority areas are detailed further in Kingston’s Climate and Ecological Emergency Plan.


Climate Emergency - actions you can take

Your decisions and actions can make a difference to your environmental footprint, particularly greenhouse gas emissions.

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is something we can each play a part in. Council is taking action but we all need to do much more.

Individuals, businesses, and whole communities can and must take action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to reduce the adverse effects of climate change.

Everyday actions and decisions we can make as an individual and community to reduce emissions are listed below.

Transport

  • Use public transport.
  • Walk and cycle instead of using a private car.
  • Consider using car share programs
  • Consider purchasing an electric vehicle.
  • Offset air, other travel, freight and other unavoidable emissions.

Food and homelife

  • Eat less meat to reduce the need for land clearing, intense water use, and greenhouse gas emission associated with ruminant animal production.
  • Grow some food, join a community garden, buy organic, and shop locally to reduce transport miles.
  • Reduce food waste, recycle, use your organics waste bin or compost food waste at home to reduce methane gas emission.
  • Plant a tree, bring plants into your home and workplace.

Energy

  • Have solar installed on your home, plan an all-electric home and make the switch from gas to efficient electric items if replacing items.
  • Advocate for solar on your workplace, school, sports club etc.
  • Buy renewable energy, such as Greenpower.
  • Insulate and draught proof your home, plant vegetation to assist with shading and cooling

Purchasing

  • Buy fewer disposable products.
  • Use what you already have more and buy less in general.
  • Buy used goods and support the second hand economy.
  • Give experience gifts rather than things.
  • Shop locally, choose low waste/low packaged items.
  • Use a web search page such as Ecosia – the search engine that plants trees.
  • Choose banks and super funds that don’t invest in environmentally damaging activities, particularly thermal coal.

Model your passion

  • Create new social norms by what you do to be more sustainable.
  • Talk about climate change and what decisions you are making to reduce your emissions with friends, your children, on social media.
  • Join a local group such as ‘Transition Kingston’ ‘zeroKingston2030’ or ‘Climate for change’.
  • Write to your MP asking for action.
  • Prioritise climate action when you vote.

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