CLIMATE READY COMMUNITIES

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The Climate Ready Communities initiative is your opportunity to support your community to understand how changes in our climate are impacting life in our region so we can plan and prepare to manage climate risks.

Get Your Community Climate Ready! 

 

We want to support communities in the region to build resilience, be ready to face the challenges and embrace the opportunities of a changing climate. 

Local conversations are really important when it comes to addressing climate change. Whether you talk to your friends, colleagues and family members for information-sharing, advice-giving or just to express your concerns, talking things through can help put things into perspective which helps build relationships and resilience. 

Conversations can lead communities to gaining a greater understanding and preparedness for their response to climate change. In other words, a Climate Ready Community. 

  

Do you want to host a climate ready conversation in your community?

We will be supporting 100 communities/groups across the region to host a conversation by providing a conversation toolkit that includes a how-to guide for facilitators, conversation cards to get thing started, and workbooks to record your learnings. The toolkit has been created in collaboration with community leaders from across our region. 

$200 per conversation funding is available to support your event and remunerate facilitator time. 

Who can host a conversation?

Anyone can host a climate ready conversation. Get together with your neighbours, community, volunteer, sporting or parents group – you could even host a conversation with your workmates or at the local pub. You might already have a specific interest area or concern about climate change that will guide your conversation, or your group may represent a community at risk of climate change impact such as higher temperatures, flooding or less rainfall, more drought. 

What’s in the toolkit?

Facilitator Handbook
Steps you through a process that will help you think about and prepare for your climate ready conversation. Provides tips for conversation facilitation. Check out the Facilitator Handbook here.

Facilitator Workbook
Steps you through how to use the toolkit/conversation cards during your climate ready conversation. For you to record your pre-conversation reflections and key learnings from your conversations.

Conversation Cards
Set of 60 photograph cards to help kick start your conversations.

Note-taker Workbook
For the note-taker to record observations made by everyone attending the conversation.

 

What happens after the conversation?

Conversation hosts/facilitators will be asked to feedback their learnings from their conversation to ADAPT LM.

The learning will help inform our regional Climate Ready Plan.

We want to know:

  • What do you value and love most about your community?
  • Where are the key climate risks?
  • Who are the most vulnerable in your community?
  • What are the opportunities for communities?
  • What can individuals do, what can communities do, and what things do communities need support with to be climate ready?
  • What is your community already doing?

To discuss if further if required please contact one of our friendly ADAPT team:

Info@adaptloddonmallee.com.au or call 0436629698

Create your own user feedback survey

Local Climate Update

Warmer and drier

The Loddon Mallee region has already become warmer and drier – a climate trend likely to continue. 

Local communities, residents and businesses are changing the way they do things in response. Getting climate-ready involves understanding how climate change is likely to affect you and your community and working out ways to adapt. Everyone can contribute to the Loddon Mallee region’s climate-ready future. 

Over the past 100 years, global surface air temperatures have risen by almost 1°C. Both the atmosphere and the oceans have warmed. Human activity is causing climate change, through our release of greenhouse gases from the burning of fossil fuels, land use change and agriculture. Atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide are now more than 40% higher than they were before industrialisation. 

In the Loddon Mallee region, the rate of warming has increased since the 1960s. On average, rainfall has declined since the 1960s, especially in autumn. The harsh Millennium Drought (1996 to 2009) ended with two of the wettest years on record in 2010–2011. 

Recent climate

To north of the region, the Mallee, has hot summers with average maximum temperatures of 30°C. Winters are mild with an average daily temperature around 10°C. 

The southern part of the region, the Loddon Campaspe, experiences cool and relatively wet winters and warm, dry summers. Average maximum temperatures are less than 25°C in the elevated southern regions. Frosts are common throughout the Loddon Mallee region. 

The north is dry, with just 330mm of rainfall each year. Evaporation is high. Rainfall is considerably higher in the south, with the Macedon Ranges experiencing between 750mm and 800mm annually. 

Climate variability and change

Our climate varies – it always has and always will. 

This climate variability means that some periods are cooler and wetter than average (as was the case in the 1970s), while others are hotter and drier (such as during the Millennium Drought). However, due to climate change, the long-term average is changing. Future climate will be different from that in the past. 

Looking ahead

The climate experienced over the long term is no longer a good indicator of the climate we can expect in the future. 

Instead, we rely on information from climate models, along with other information. Climate models help us to understand the changes that are already happening and provide guidance on the changes to come. 

Climate models give robust projections of the future climate, providing a solid evidence base from which to assess the risks of climate change and inform decisions that will support Victoria’s resilience into the future. 

Climate projections suggest that Victoria will continue to become warmer and drier in the future. However, natural year-to-year and decade-to decade variability mean that relatively cooler periods and very wet years will still occur. 

More information on climate projections and modelling tools.
https://www.climatechangeinaustralia.gov.au/en/climate-projections/ 

This tool allows you to explore 2050 climate projections for over 4,000 Australian locations.
https://myclimate.acf.org.au/ 

For more information visit: https://agriculture.vic.gov.au/climate-and-weather/understanding-weather-climate-and-forecasting/understanding-weather-and-climate 

The latest projection for all regions of Victoria including High-resolution modelling and analysis 

  • Climate projections for Victoria at a 5 km grid 
  • Temperature, rainfall, evapotranspiration, relative humidity etc. 
  • Two emissions scenarios, out to 2090s 

https://www.climatechange.vic.gov.au/adapting-to-climate-change-impacts/victorian-climate-projections-2019 

Principles

Value lived experience
Local leaders understand their communities’ values and concerns and are best placed to lead climate action through creating a shared sense of community pride, identity and participation.

Peer-to-peer learning
Conversations between community members can build local climate awareness and knowledge, create community connections, and identify direct actions to help respond to the climate crisis locally.

Capacity building
Providing tools and resources to give local leaders a foundation to enact and influence change in their communities.

We acknowledge the First Peoples of the Loddon Mallee and their/our longstanding, rich and resilient cultures, rights and responsibilities to Country, and genuinely pay respect to their/our knowledge holders, leaders, Elders past, present and future.

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