Call for climate emergency vote

• Calls for councils to declare climate emergencies are being driven by the Extinction Rebellion movement.

STIRLING residents have submitted a petition to council urging it to declare a climate emergency.

Vincent, Fremantle and Victoria Park councils have already declared a climate emergency, joining the millions of people across Australia pushing for government action on global warming.

“I am writing to you today to ask that you consider the 150 million people that will die prematurely before the end of the century,” stated the petition.

“I am writing to you today to ask you to consider the 100 to 200 species that

have gone extinct between the time you and I woke up this morning and the time we will go to bed this evening.

“I am writing to you today to ask you to consider the horrible and disastrous effects the climate crisis will have on human rights.”

During public question time at the Tuesday February 11 council meeting, Leisha Jack said Stirling was behind the climate eight ball.

“Is the council aware that 1348 jurisdictions in 26 countries have declared a climate

emergency, including major cities like Auckland, San Francisco, Chicago, Vancouver,

London and 400 councils in Britain all together have signed-up,” she said.

“Forty local councils in Australia, including the City of Sydney, City of Melbourne, North Sydney, and here in WA – Fremantle, Vincent, Augusta and Margaret River. Were you all aware of that?”

Stirling mayor Mark Irwin said the city was aware and it had a decision to make, but they had existing and new policies related to climate like the Energywise City Plan.

During the meeting, councillor Lisa Thornton moved a motion for the city to declare a climate emergency, but after some discussion the motion was withdrawn.

Instead an energywise councillor workshop will be held this month, with the plan presented to the city next month.

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