By Sally McGlew
DRUMMERS for Climate Action took to James Street, Guildford on Sunday, February 14, encouraging people to take action on global warming and in support of Councillor Ian Johnson’s motion to report on the feasibility of zero net carbon emissions by 2030.
The local drummers want governments to act to halt biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025, especially the City of Swan which heard deputations from a number of residents at the agenda forum on Wednesday February 10, relating to Cr Johnson’s motion which was lost on Wednesday, February 17.
Speaking at the Council forum on February 10, Guildford resident and scientist Peter Langlands said the world’s population is running out of time.
“The recent Wooroloo fires and last year’s Black Summer fires in the Eastern States have shown us climate impacts are already here and are only going to get worse,” Dr Langlands said.
“It’s time for our leaders to wake up and take serious action.”
UWA Professor David Blair, also a Guildford resident, said he was concerned that the City of Swan needed to show leadership on climate change and asked the mayor to lead on the topic with 70 per cent of the community concerned about global warming.
“We must set a target and a date,” he implored Council.
“It is critically important and young people need to see we are taking action,” he said.
In 2020 Professor Blair won the Prime Minister’s prize for science for his work with gravitational waves which received international recognition.
He is a physicist but is also concerned with environmental science.
Dr Langlands said the tipping points globally were already triggered.
He cited Arctic Sea Ice loss, Coral Reef damage and the West Antarctic Ice sheet glaciers melting.
“Sea level rise was higher than first predicted, and the world’s oceans have absorbed 93 per cent of all warming so far,” he said.
“When the ability of the world’s oceans to absorb carbon dioxide decreases there will be an acceleration in temperature rise across the planet, so in many ways 2030 is too late.
“We need this to be done by 2025,” he said.
Cr Johnson’s motion asked council to include $60,000 in the 2021/2022 budget to report on the feasibility of the City of Swan Operations achieving a target of net zero carbon emissions within 10 years.
Those speaking against the motion included Mayor Kevin Bailey, Crs Cate McCullough, John McNamara and Mel Congerton.
Cr Congerton said he had reservations about the motion while Cr Bailey said the motion was premature.
Before the item Swan View student Charles Porter, 14, appealed to councillors to support Cr Johnson’s motion.
“We are born into this deadly problem because generations before us put economic gain over sustainability,” he said.
“We have no time to procrastinate.
“I’m scared the life we share on this planet, the animals and life we share it with will be irretrievably lost.”
The motion was lost 6/9.