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Climate Change


Here in Far North Queensland we are set to see some of the most serious impacts of Climate Change and in some cases we already are. Predictions say that we are going to experience longer and more frequent heatwaves, similar to November 2018, less frequent but more intense storm and cyclone events, rising sea levels, intense flooding rainfall events, more bleaching of the coral reef, rising sea temperatures, the increased incidence and spread of mosquito-borne and tropical diseases and more. The key issue is that our government is not adequately mitigating and adapting to climate change. Cairns Regional Council does not have a climate change policy and is not adequately planning for climate hazards such as sea-level rise, fire and flooding. Along with this our state government is allowing for new fossil fuel projects and lagging in adopting renewable energy and our Federal Government is ignoring the need for mitigation entirely.


Sometimes climate change can seem like an impossible issue to address, and there are many different ways to improve the current situation. We want governments to acknowledge and accept anthropogenic climate change.

For the Cairns Regional Council to introduce comprehensive climate policy and ensure that our planning systems are accounting for up to date modelling for climate hazards including sea level rise, flooding and storm surge.

For the State and Federal governments to say no to new coal energy projects and to rapidly progress a just transition to renewable energy. We support 100% renewable by 2030, ensuring a just transition for rural, remote and Indigenous communities.

Featured News & Actions

National Climate Emergency Summit

Our Cairns our Coast - coastal hazard

Australia's Wildfires and Climate Change - Time Magazine


 More about the Problem

For decades we have had the experts telling us that climate change is a very real problem and that humanity is the key driver. The great thing about that is we do not need to do the work to tell you about climate change because there are so many great resources out there! 

See the links to the right, there are also great resources here;


Further Reading:

FNQ Climate Impacts Report

Climate Council News

5 Personal Steps to Tackle Climate Change


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CAFNEC has been working to ensure that the community has up to date and reliable information about climate change, it’s impacts, mitigation and adaptation strategies. We are also campaigning to make our governments take immediate and meaningful action on climate change. We need everyone speaking up, joining their community and ensuring our governments know that we want action on climate change. You can make a difference in several ways;

The most effective thing you can do is join a movement of people demanding action on climate change. When we work together we can change the world: Join the us and get active on climate. Email us at getinvolved@nullcafnec.org.au. 

In the meantime you can:

  • Write to your local council demanding action on climate change (local elections are coming up soon which means our representatives are more ready to listen!). See our email petition to the right. 
  • Reduce your carbon footprint:
    • choosing sustainable transport such as cycling or buses instead of driving
    • buying local foods
    • using less electricity
    • supporting renewable energy technologies, and;
    • reducing the amount of recyclable and non-recyclable waste that you generate

Climate Change Petition to Cairns Regional Council

To the Mayor of Cairns Regional Council

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“I know I am doing one of the most effective things I can: being and activist – because while it is good to change individual habits, it is incredible to change societal ones.”

Lulu Arraiza

Cairns School Strike for Climate Co-Organiser

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