Climate change survey results 2020

Key findings of Council’s Climate Change Community Survey

Council’s recent survey shows that our community is deeply concerned about climate change. Over 750 people provided feedback on ways we can work together to meet the challenges of climate change at a local level.

The survey, hosted by an independent agency between July and September 2020, shows that eighty per cent of respondents are ‘extremely concerned’ or ‘very concerned’ about climate change.

The local climate change impacts of most concern to respondents are:

  • loss of biodiversity / flora and fauna/ vegetation / habitat
  • sea level rise and/or coastal erosion
  • harsher and longer fire seasons/ bushfires
  • extreme weather events
  • more hot days and heatwaves/ drought

They told us the four most important areas for Council to work in to address climate change are:

  • preserving and enhancing biodiversity and urban forests
  • increasing renewable energy use
  • avoiding and reducing waste
  • achieving sustainable buildings and homes

To support community climate action, respondents would like Council to:

  • provide advice and incentives to help people make their homes and other buildings more energy efficient
  • provide grants for community groups to work on environmental projects that address climate change issues, e.g. to reduce emissions, increase vegetation, trees etc.
  • advocate on behalf of the community for climate action (e.g. to the State and Federal Government)

The valuable community input will inform the development of Council’s Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan, including ways to support individual and community climate action. 

Further Information

Read the report on the Survey’s key findings in the Related Information below on this page.

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To learn more about climate change visit Council’s Climate Change webpage.

Contact Us 

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