Government at all levels accepts the expert consensus that climate change is a real and pressing problem caused mostly by the emissions of greenhouse gases from human activities.

Clarence City Council is working (in cooperation with State Government, with other Southern Tasmanian Councils  and with a range of experts from industry, and science) to find ways not only to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases but also of coping with the likely future impacts of climate change.

Although nobody can predict the future in detail, expert advice tells us that seasonal temperatures in Tasmania will continue to rise, that patterns of rainfall will continue to change and that high winds, storms and heat waves are all likely to become both more common and more intense in future. To a large extent some of these changes are now unavoidable and expected to affect everybody within the next few decades leading to a range of possible impacts including increasing flooding and bushfire risks, public and private asset risks, environmental and biodiversity changes, agricultural risks and health risks. Although councils and state government can do their fair share to help people to cope (by developing strategic pathways for dealing with these changing risks, for instance by; updating emergency planning, revising inundation overlays etc … ) people can also do a lot to help themselves in some very simple and cost effective ways.

Here are some ideas about how to start to help yourself in adapting to climate change:

For those people who wish to reduce their emission of greenhouse gases and/or reduce their domestic energy consumption Council also provides a self-help toolkit. The Home Energy Audit Toolkit (HEAT) can be borrowed, free of charge from Council.  HEAT provides tools, instructions and information that enable households to undertake a home energy audit in their own space and time.

Visit STCA online to find out more.

The State government also provides a comprehensive resource that gives detailed guidance on many aspects of climate change in Tasmania, including a summary of likely climate futures for Tasmania and on adapting to climate change and on improving the efficiency of your home