Hobart Lord Mayor Anna Reynolds has thrown her support behind thousands of Hobartians who are participating in today’s climate strike action.
Cr Reynolds said Hobart was one of many cities worldwide that had resolved to declare a climate emergency.
“Recent modelling shows that Hobart faces the threat of more frequent bushfires, longer heatwaves, heavier rainfall, sea level rise and storm-tide events as a result of climate change,” she said.
“As a city, we are working to reduce our impact on the climate. But we are very keen to see strong and genuine leadership from our federal government.
“Today’s protests demonstrate the importance of climate action to our community, as well as those across Australia and the world.”
Cr Reynolds said the City of Hobart had been taking action on emissions for many years.
“We are proud of what has been achieved during the past 20 years to reduce the City’s greenhouse gas emissions, energy consumption and waste. But we agree there is still more that can be done,” she said.
“We are currently developing a climate change strategy that will guide the way we consider sustainability in every part of the City’s operations. But we are also looking for new ideas to enhance the ability of the Hobart community to address climate chance on a personal or local level.”
By the numbers – a sample of City of Hobart’s sustainable actions and achievements
- More than 2600 solar panels – generating 750kW of renewable energy – installed on the rooftops of City of Hobart buildings
- 44% reduction in fuel use in council fleet since 2010
- 98% of the City’s 2600 street lights upgraded to efficient LED technology, with energy savings equivalent to the consumption of about 100 typical households
- Energy consumption reduced by 35% since 2010
- Corporate greenhouse gas emissions reduced by 17% since 2010 (on top of 75% reduction on 2000 levels by 2010)