Climate Week to shine a light on Noosa’s carbon reduction efforts

Noosa Council presents Climate Week from March 21 to 28.

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Noosa Council is pleased to present Climate Week 2021 to showcase the community’s efforts to reduce emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change.

The week-long calendar of activities – in the lead-up to Earth Hour – will showcase the community’s efforts to reduce emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change.

“There are lots of organisations doing great things in Noosa – Climate Week will shine a light on some of them so that residents can get involved,” says Council’s Carbon Reduction Project Officer Annie Nolan.

The week-long program includes workshops to help residents reduce their carbon footprints by reducing energy consumption and making the most of backyard gardens.

Zero Emissions Noosa (ZEN) Inc will hold an electric vehicle expo where residents can learn about the latest in electric transport technology.

“Vehicle technology is evolving constantly – just last month Jaguar announced that it would switch purely to electric power by 2025. The expo will be a great opportunity to find out what’s available now – including cars, scooters and bikes,” Ms Nolan said.

“Meanwhile, Plastic Free Noosa’s clean-up events are a way for all of us to take an active role in bettering the local environment,” she said.

“Noosa Landcare’s soil health workshops and Permaculture Noosa’s seed harvesting workshops are a must for anyone wanting to become more self-sufficient by growing their own food.”

Australian Energy Foundation will be at the Noosa Village Shopping Centre on March 23 and 24 offering residents advice on energy efficiency and solar systems. AEF will also present a free workshop at Cooroy RSL on Tuesday evening.

“All residents will need to do is bring along a power bill and make the most of free independent advice,” Ms Nolan said.

Cr Brian Stockwell said Council was pleased to support the community’s efforts to reduce Noosa’s carbon footprint.

“If you’ve ever wondered what work is being done across Noosa to reduce emissions and prepare for future climate change impacts, Climate Week is a great way to find out,” he said.

Council’s 2019 Noosa Environment Strategy sets both Council as an organisation and the Noosa Community a target to achieve net zero emissions by 2026.

“These are challenging targets but if we all take the small steps now by switching to renewable energy, walking or riding to school or work, plus composting and mulching our organic waste, Noosa will be a global exemplar in just a few years’ time.

“In the past three years we’ve installed more than 600 KW of solar on Council buildings, and improved energy efficiency through lighting and air conditioning upgrades, saving Council over $1miilion in electricity costs since the program began,” Cr Stockwell said.

“Climate Week’s timing also helps promote Earth Hour which encourages people to switch off their lights for an hour on March 27 in a global effort to reduce emissions. It’s one simple thing we can all do to help make a difference.”

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