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Our climate is changing

Hotter and more extreme weather is already hurting the people, places, plants and animals we love. This will worsen in coming decades.

Heatwaves are causing loss of life and other health impacts. Drier conditions, with more severe storms and rainfall events, put our buildings and green spaces at risk. The Urban Heat Island Effect as well as bushfires and air pollution can make summer in our city hotter and less comfortable to live in.

Are you planning ahead for hotter and more extreme weather?

Building our climate resilience

Our local response to the climate crisis requires working together to:

1. Cut the pollution (from fossil-fuels and waste) that are causing global warming.
2. Prepare now for even hotter and more extreme weather to come.

Some actions (like building insulation and draughtproofing) can help us reduce emissions as well as adapt to more extreme weather. The diagram below shows some actions we are already taking.

Taking action to reduce climate pollution and prepare ahead for a hotter climate, we can improve our climate resilience.

What we are doing now

We are developing a Climate Risk Strategy to prepare Council and the community for climate impacts that are now unavoidable. It will guide our work to:

  • manage climate risks
  • adapt to climate change
  • build resilience.

  • Council needs to prioritise the risks and build climate resilience into:

  • the buildings, infrastructure, natural environments and open spaces we manage
  • the services we provide to the community
  • our communications with community and local business
  • our internal governance and financial management processes.

  • And while we plan for local climate risks and impacts, we will continue our leadership with the community towards a Zero Carbon Merri-bek by 2035.

    Merri-bek City Council acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional custodians of the lands and waterways in the area now known as Merri-bek, and pays respect to their Elders past, present, and emerging, as well as to all First Nations’ communities who significantly contribute to the life of the area.

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