Climate change is recognised as one of the most serious environmental problems facing the global community
Our climate is changing, largely due to the observed increass in human produced greenhouse gases. Greenhouse gases absorb heat from the sun in the atmosphere and reduce the amount of heat escaping into space. This extra heat has been found to be the primary cause of observed changes in the climate system over the 20th century. These changes include increases in global average air and ocean temperature, widespread melting of snow and ice and rising global sea levels. The extra heat in the climate system has other impacts, such as affecting atmospheric and ocean circulation, which influences rainfall and wind patterns.
Murray Shire recognises its responsibility to act on behalf of future generations, and through the following programs, are trying to reduce the effects of climate change.