COMMUNITY group Peninsula Voice is holding a public meeting to discuss the detrimental effects and ways of combating climate change.
“Worldwide, there is significant concern and confusion about climate change. On the Mornington Peninsula, we’re seeing changes in our climate and our natural environment impacting our health and wellbeing,” Peninsula Voice convenor Peter Orton said.
“Coastal erosion is really just the tip of the iceberg. We’re naturally worried about how the peninsula is being impacted, and we also want action before it’s too late.”
Orton said temperatures in Victoria had risen 1.2 degrees Celsius since 1910, cool season rainfall had declined while the number of days with dangerous weather conditions for bushfires had increased.
Longer fire seasons, rising sea levels and more extreme rain events were predicted over the coming decade across Australia.
“The peninsula has seen an increased frequency and intensity of storms with the resultant damage to property, businesses and the environment, especially to our coastline,” Orton said. “In addition to environmental, social and economic impacts, our health is also impacted directly by climate change due to more intense and frequent extreme events including heatwaves, floods, drought and bushfires. It also affects health indirectly, such as through deteriorating air quality, changes in the spread of infectious diseases, risks to food safety and drinking and recreational water quality, and mental ill health.”
Orton said many groups within the community were “highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, so protecting them is an important priority”.
“Much is already being done to address climate change but there is more we must do.”
Orton said the public meeting would hear from experts on the environment, our economy and health, and from “some of the many groups and individuals taking action and making a real difference locally”.
One of the groups at the meeting included Repower, which helped households and businesses “to get off fossil fuels and repower with 100 per cent renewable energy”.
Another speaker would Sam Lundberg, who works with schools to become emissions neutral.
“There are some fantastic local initiatives we’ll be showcasing at this event as we want our community to feel both informed and empowered,” Orton said.
The Peninsula Voice Thursday 29 February meeting to discuss climate change starts at 6.30pm at the Peninsula Community Theatre, 91 Wilsons Road, Mornington.