Did you know?
Council has undertaken a Climate Change Risk Management Assessment (PDF, 1MB) of key functions to ensure that we are prepared for future risks that may impact on the services we provide to the community.
Council is working hard to ensure that all of our services and actions will continue to operate effectively with the changing weather conditions that have been predicted due to climate change. Shoalhaven's Adaptation Plan (PDF, 2.2MB) was endorsed on 12 May 2012 to map out resilience increasing activities that are in our current business plan. It also considers future actions that may be necessary. This document will assist Council to foresee opportunities and respond proactively on the basis that we live in a dynamic world where change is always happening.
A summary of likely climate change impacts for the Illawarra region can be found at the NSW Office of Environment & Heritage website.
A range of climate information is available from the Bureau of Meteorology. This site has excellent data on climate trends as well as up to date weather predictions for the south coast. For example, climate statistics for Jervis Bay. The Bureau also have an excellent flood warning centre.
If you are interested in the international response to climate change, visit the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
The Australian Government has a Department dedicated to Climate Change Issues. You can find information about their programs - including the Carbon Farming Initiative and the Clean Energy Future program from their site.
The NSW Government is also taking this issue very seriously. A range of resources are available from the Office of Environment & Heritage.
How can I help?
Australia generates more pollution per person than any developed country, including the United States. We produce more pollution per person than India and China. Australia's carbon pllution is high because our electricity is mainly generated by burning coal. Other contributors are the transport and mining industries, industry, farming and deforestation.
- Be conscious of your energy and water use.
- Think about what you buy - consumerism leads to carbon emissions
- If renovating or building - think about making your home more energy efficient. The Your Home Guide technical manual can help you.
- Replace regular light globes with compact fluorescent light globes now available for a range of light fittings including down-lights.
- Install ceiling fans - they are the most economical to run and the most energy efficient form of cooling.
- Avoid air conditioning - the worst form of domestic greenhouse gas pollution.
- Heat and cook with gas - gas is cheaper to run and produces less greenhouse gases than electricity.
- Only heat the rooms you are using. Close doors to unused rooms.
- Don't overheat your home - every 1°C can add 10% to your energy bill.
- Before you switch on the heater, put a jumper on or grab a cuddly blanket.
- Don't heat up the whole world - close the curtains and trap up to 50% of the heat inside.
- Turn off electrical appliances from the power point when not in use. Items on standby still churn up the energy and cost you money. Even when turned off, things like hairdryers, mobile phone chargers and televisions use energy.
- Insulate your home - properly insulating your walls and ceilings can save 25% of your home heating.
- Keep track of your energy bills. Notice the dollar savings when you reduce the energy used.