Taking steps towards climate justice
Climate justice through transformation
To support our region to get climate ready this plan aims to strengthen community resilience but acknowledges that capacity and resources are not equally shared. Therefore, to reduce disproportionate climate risk and ensure the benefits and burdens are shared equitably, our Climate Ready Plan aims to:
Planning for climate change in a time of uncertainty
After a summer of record bushfires in 2019–20, our communities have had to face the social, cultural, and economic impacts of COVID-19. It is now more important than ever that we plan for future risks and build community resilience.
In times of crisis, communally held values are essential to building a shared narrative and sense of purpose. If we focus on the importance of preparation and resilience will be more likely to bring people along on the journey and give them the confidence to take action in spite of uncertainty.
Our guiding principles
Inclusiveness and trust
Engage and empower a range of community members from diverse cultural, social, economic, environmental, and political perspectives. Have confidence that residents understand their own communities and are often best placed to develop projects that will assist with local climate adaptation.
Leadership and capacity strengthening
Provide meaningful opportunities for decentralised, grassroots leadership. Strengthen and build adaptive capacity in the region by providing resources that give a diverse range of local people the skills and knowledge they need to influence change in organisations, workplaces, and communities.
Collaboration and connection
Establish networks for knowledge sharing that value lived experience and create supportive environments to trial adaptation actions. Link organisations to address the range of expertise required, geographical barriers and long-time frames involved in climate adaptation.
Equity and fairness
Prioritise actions that support the people, places and sectors that are disproportionately impacted by climate change. Ensure the benefits of new and emerging opportunities are fairly shared in our communities.
Local and place-based
Harness the considerable local knowledge, skills and resources in our region. Focus on strengths, values, assets and opportunities. Respect, value and share learnings of place based actions.