According to the Climate Council’s On the Frontline: Climate Change and Rural Communities report, rural and regional communities are disproportionately affected by the impacts of climate change (On the Frontline: Climate Change and Rural Communities Report, Climate Council).
Key findings from the The Climate Council’s Report were:
1. Rural and regional communities are
disproportionately affected by the impacts of climate change.
2. The systemic disadvantages experienced by rural and regional communities over those in urban areas are likely to worsen if climate change continues unabated.
3. Rural and regional communities are already adapting to the impacts of climate change but there are limits and costs.
4. While rural and regional communities are on the frontline of climate change impacts, tackling climate change also provides these communities with many opportunities.
This predicted warming is mainly due to C0₂ emissions with Australia – the 16th most polluting country in the world, generating 547 million tonnes of C0₂ per year. To limit global warming to 1.5°C of global warming will require considerable measures to be put in place to reduce net C0₂ emissions to zero. Failing to implement these measures will result in a global community locked to a minimum of 1.5°C of global warming in the near to long term future.
Climate Active certification is awarded to businesses and organisations that have credibly reached a state of achieving net zero emissions, otherwise known as carbon neutrality (Climate Active, 2020). This means that the activities associated with running a business or producing a particular product have no net negative impact on the climate.
The Federal Government’s Climate Active Carbon Neutral Standard is a voluntary standard to manage greenhouse emissions and achieve carbon neutrality. Climate Active provides best practice guidance on how to measure, reduce, offset, report and audit emissions for organisations; products and services; events; precincts and buildings (Climate Active, 2020).
Project Zero30 will achieve certification for the Armidale Local Government Area by 2030 under Category Five – Precincts (Guidance Process Precincts).
By achieving a certification through this standard and receiving a Climate Active trade mark, our Armidale Local Government Area will be supporting climate action.