Regional and local climate leaders to meet at Sydney Conference
Regional and local governments have emerged as the global powerhouse of climate action, as demonstrated by the Local and Regional Leaders Bonn Fiji Commitment to take further, faster action to deliver the Paris Agreement.
This is especially the case in Australia where, at the national level, we are lagging abysmally, third last on the 2018 Climate Change Performance Index . Within this ranking, Australia was 7th from the bottom in terms of Climate Policy, scoring 'Very Low' in both National and International Climate Policy Performance.
At the State and Local government levels, however, Australia has shown leadership.
Four state and territory governments are signatories to the Climate Leadership Declaration which includes a commitment to help Australia meet its obligations under the Paris Agreement and to achieve net zero emissions in their jurisdictions by 2050.
36 local councils and the ACT Government are members of ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability, a global network of more than 1,500 cities, towns and regions that convened the Summit of Local and Regional Leaders at COP23 (an event that was guided by Melbourne City Councillor, Cathy Oke, as Master of Ceremony). Many Australian councils have adopted climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies.
Like the United States, Australia is getting on with urgent, science-based climate action despite the lack of national leadership.
The range of climate activity across the nation, from carbon mitigating trends in energy, transport and urban planning, through investment and financing opportunities, to community understanding and response to climate change, will be the focus of The Climate Leadership Conference 2018 in Sydney on March 15-16, 2018.