Managing climate risk and building our local climate resilience is complex, and will affect many Council plans and services.

View answers to some relevant questions below, together with graphics of some key concepts.

What are the impacts and risks of climate change?

Hotter and more extreme weather could impact on local people, businesses and our environment in a number of ways.

Are some people more at risk?

While everyone will be affected by climate change in some way, some populations are more vulnerable than others. Extreme weather events can be an added burden for people with other challenges.

What contributes to climate risk?

Risks from climate change often increase when there is a combination of the weather event itself (or ‘hazard’), the level of vulnerability of impacted people, and how exposed people or things are to that weather event.

While Council and community can’t change the weather, we can take action to reduce the vulnerability and exposure of people and things we care about.

How we can minimise hazards, vulnerability and exposure in our community.

  • Hazard – Urgently cutting global climate pollution to zero can minimise future hazards
  • Vulnerability – Council services can prioritise support for more vulnerable groups
  • Exposure – Council programs and works can improve the climate-readiness of buildings and places, therefore reducing exposure to climate risks.

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.

Climate risk strategy - Vision for 2040

  • Council competently, accountably, and responsively manages climate risk, and
  • Merri-bek is climate-resilient, verdant, and liveable; with
  • A climate-ready and resilient community