Climate Change

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Overview 

Climate change affects every country on earth – weather patterns are changing, there are more extreme weather events and sea levels are rising. This is disrupting the way we live and the economies we rely on. The effects of climate change are being seen across the Glenelg Hopkins region – it is getting warmer and drier. Into the future we can expect to see:

  • Continued increases in temperatures year round.
  • Less rainfall in autumn, winter and spring.
  • Harsher fire weather and longer fire seasons.
  • More hot days and warm spells, and fewer frosts.
  • More frequent and more intense downpours.
  • Rising sea levels.

Climate change is likely to have considerable impacts on species, habitats, ecosystems and landforms across the Glenelg Hopkins region, with flow-on effects to society and the economy. There will be shorter periods of suitable weather for activities such as revegetation, pest plant and animal control and community’s ability to access and volunteer in the natural environment.

Adapting to climate change is a complex problem. We need to better understand and manage the impacts on our communities, environment and economy, and prepare for a range of possible futures. The Victorian Government Climate Change Act 2017 provides a legislative foundation to manage climate change risks, maximise the opportunities that arise from decisive action, and drive Victoria’s transition to a climate resilient community and economy with net zero emissions by 2050. The Glenelg Hopkins CMA has developed a regional Climate Change Strategy for 2016 to 2023 to inform regional planning through the identification of priorities for adaptation and mitigation under a changing climate.