Libby Coker MP has congratulated the Surf Coast Shire on their decision to declare a climate emergency, saying it is imperative that all levels of government make a commitment to stronger action on climate change.

Ms Coker said she supported local councils declaring a climate emergency and called on the federal government to follow the lead of the state government, and increasingly local governments,  as they act decisively to address climate change.

“I applaud the Surf Coast Shire on their decision. It is a clear indication of the concern amongst the local community who are witnessing the impact of climate change on the environment both locally and globally.”

“Australia is extremely vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and those impacts are being felt across Corangamite now. We are witnessing the loss of habitats, coastal erosion, increased heatwaves and drought.”

“I want to reiterate my calls for the federal government to face the reality that climate change is real and we are facing a climate emergency. We must act to protect Australia’s future.”

“I will be giving my First Speech to Parliament on Tuesday 10 September and will be raising the climate emergency as a key issue for Australia’s future.”

“The Morrison Government must commit to effective emissions reductions, better support the renewable energy industry and take a leadership role in our region to help facilitate a shift towards a climate friendly future.”