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Published February 4, 2016 | By Janet Armstrong
Mornington Peninsula Shire has taken an ambitious and forward-thinking approach to climate change mitigation through the adoption of a robust and achievable Carbon Neutrality Policy. Shire Mayor, Councillor Graham Pittock and Councillor Hugh Fraser were invited to attend COP21, the Climate Change Conference in Paris as part of our long standing membership with ICLEI – Local Government for Sustainability and I was very pleased to accompany them.
The Conference exceeded my expectations in its scope, extent and energy. COP21 was the first international conference where Local Government had a strong voice and was included in negotiations. Morn Pen Shire was pleased to attend a diverse array of sessions from Governments, community organisations, banks and not for profits, all establishing a foundation for strong policy, investment and practical solutions to climate change.
Outstanding moments from the experience include:
It was inspiring to be involved in a conference that didn’t question climate change, but questioned why we are not doing more.