From Friends of the Earth Melbourne (Australia)
The Victorian Climate Change Act 2017 required the Andrews government to prepare the state’s first Climate Change Strategy by 31 October 2020. It’s a key piece of work that will outline how each economic sector and region in Victoria can cut emissions over the next 10 years, and how we will deal with the impacts that are already locked in.
However, the disruptive nature of COVID-19 has seen the government’s strategy delayed in completion, and we still await its publication. Last year, with the Andrews government leading the pandemic response, we saw a need for civil society groups to step up with a clear vision for how the state can tackle the climate crisis by creating jobs, reining in emissions, and advancing social justice in communities.
In the second half of 2020, over 1,000 people from around the state participated in two surveys, roundtables discussions, online forums and social media actions that we ran to source grassroots, local knowledge from communities about the climate impacts they are worried about and the solutions they want to see. The ideas people contributed have shaped the now-completed People’s Climate Strategy for Victoria.
The Strategy is now available to read and we encourage community members to use it as a resource for knowledge on what local climate impacts people are reporting, and ideas for local campaigns.