Government at all levels accepts the scientific consensus that climate change is a real and serious problem caused mostly by the emission of greenhouse gases from human activities.
The impacts from one-degree of global warming since the industrial revolution are here with us now.
Clarence City Council is working in cooperation with other government and community organisations to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases and adapt to likely future impacts of climate change.
There are many resources available to help us to understand and respond to climate change. The Tasmanian Government’s Climate Change Office leads Tasmania’s response.
Clarence City Council is working with State Government, other Southern Tasmanian Councils, and with a range of experts from industry and science, to find ways to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases AND ways of coping with the likely future impacts of climate change.
Although nobody can predict the future, expert scientific 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.
Governments can help people to cope by developing strategic ways of mitigating risk, but 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 adapt to climate change:
For anyone who wishes 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 Southern Tasmanian Councils Association to find out more about Climate Change research and adaptation for southern Tasmania.
The Tasmanian 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 information about adapting to climate change and improving the efficiency of your home.