There’s a lot of talk about climate change, and what it might mean for our livelihoods in the future. Recent work undertaken by state government in partnership with the Bureau of Meteorology and CSIRO indicates that by 2050, we’ll be living in a very different climate, with more days above 38C degrees, fewer days of frost, more days of high fire risk, and greater variations in frequency and intensity of rainfall patterns (see the Loddon Campaspe Climate Projections 2019(PDF, 2MB)). This will impact on many aspects of life, from the number of days people can work or play outdoors, to our ability to grow food, to the health of our flora and fauna, to our comfort levels at home, and to the costs of maintaining and repairing infrastructure.
The good news is that we can take a wide range of action now to minimise these disruptions.
The Romsey and Lancefield region is in a perfect position to maximise the impact and effectiveness of local action on climate change, extending from the foundation of grass roots activity already underway to build community connections and resilience, from the farmers market at Lancefield, to work by the Friends of Five Mile Creek, to plans for expanding the Romsey Coop and Feed it Forward initiatives.
Council’s Cool Changes program works as a partnership with local communities and independent facilitators to guide the development of local action plans, for the community to own and implement into the future. It will draw together existing actions, identify opportunities for action, and provide a framework for enabling that action.