Individuals and communities have the knowledge and tools they need to become climate ready.

Goal Feedback 1.1

Accessible and inclusive climate knowledge and tools

If we want individuals and communities to be empowered to take adaptation  action, it’s important they know local climate risks and have access to climate tools to help at place decision making.

Climate information is often not localised enough, too high-level or overly technical which becomes overwhelming and a barrier to action. Climate information that is both local and long-term will enable communities to address their key priorities and make incremental change. Climate education of children and youth will also allow future generations to be better prepared.

Currently many communities feel left out of the climate conversations. Language can be a barrier in receiving information about climate change and its impacts, and getting involved with climate adaptation planning processes. There is a need to work directly with a diverse range of community leaders to develop inclusive ways of building climate knowledge.

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Connect communities with Traditional Owner knowledge

Aboriginal communities have been living sustainably in harmony with the environment for millennia.

There is a real thirst in our communities, especially from young people, to learn how can we implement Traditional knowledge into our everyday practices in order to adapt to the rapidly evolving climate.

Aboriginal knowledge has already been critical in supporting climate adaptation actions. Traditional land management practices such as cultural burns may help us respond to the increased threat of bushfires due to climate change.

Opportunities also exist to support collaboration between regenerative farming practitioners and Indigenous farming and plant use.

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Shared local knowledge about climate impacts  and adaptation solutions at place

Local people are seeing the very real effects of climate impacts in their communities and are often able to respond innovatively with place-based solutions.

Peer-to-peer learning is vital because we are all still finding out about what we need to do to adapt. Sharing what has worked and what hasn’t with other’s facing similar challenges will enable faster adaptation responses and help prevent maladaptation.

Positive storytelling helps individuals and communities see that even small actions make a difference.

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Build communities’ knowledge of emergency events

The increase in emergency events posts a disproportionate risk to the most vulnerable in our communities.

Lack of clarity about what to do and what an individual’s role is in an emergency continues to be a barrier to planning and acting.

Language barriers and digital inequities can be inhibitors to receiving and understanding emergency warnings.

People in communities who are living with a disability or long-term health issues can be particularly vulnerable during bushfires due to a lack of accessible information, emergency housing and access to health services.

Young people in the region want to be involved and should be empowered and resourced to make meaningful contributions to emergency preparedness, response, and recovery efforts.

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