Social Impacts of Climate Change

Take2 Pledge

enliven has taken the pledge! … and we are keen to encourage all our members and stakeholders to consider also taking the “TAKE2 Climate Change Pledge” if they haven’t already done so. It is as simple as clicking on the following web site and following the prompts from there:

TAKE2 is Victoria’s collective climate change pledge initiative to reach net zero emissions by 2050, and keep the global temperature rise to under 2 degrees.

All Victorians are being called on to pledge and sign up to be part of Victoria’s action on climate change. As leading community sector participants in the south east of Melbourne it would be great to see you consider how you contribute to minimising your climate change impact as well as how you may plan to mitigate against the adverse consequences.

Building Resilient Organisations

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and supported by the Commonwealth Government funded Arup to provide ongoing assistance to support community service organisations and local governments plan for climate change and natural disasters to increase organisational resilience to these events and future change in Victoria.

enliven coordinated this process in mid-2017 for services in the south east and is a partner in the project.  Building ‘resilient organisations’ is a priority for the DHHS community funded sector as they are often the go to place for local communities during times of increased stress and it is important agencies and services can plan to build their resilience and relevance in a sustainable way.

A workshop for a cluster of seven organisations was organised by Arup and enliven on 17 July 2017 in Dandenong focusing on sharing organisational risks and responses to climate change and natural disasters under the program. At the workshop, participants agreed to conduct a mapping of Council activities on climate change and identified that South East Councils Climate Change Alliance (SECCCA) should be involved in helping to lead this piece of work.

In October 2017, an interactive workshop session is planned to review the current strategies, gaps and lessons from progress on implementing climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction and emergency responses implemented by participating Councils and discuss opportunities for future joint planning through SECCCA and individual Councils. 

Climate Change Adaptation for Health and Social Services Publication

The Climate Change Adaptation for Health and Social Services book addresses concerns from the health and community services sector, including local government, about how to respond to climate change and its impacts on communities. This book presents existing research, innovative practice and useful tools to support organisations taking practical steps towards adaptation to the impacts of climate change on people. It examines the evidence of climate change impacts on six of the most vulnerable population groups – people with disability; older people; women and children; Aboriginal people; rural people and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

The book, produced by La Trobe University and enliven, and published by CSIRO makes reference to energy efficiency and low income housing. enliven is working with South East Councils Climate Change Association (SECCCA) to monitor the impacts of climate change adaptation on the health status of communities. Learnings from this research conducted by SECCCA and involving RMIT University will be used to inform future strategies to improve the management of chronic disease in this context.

For a copy of this book please go to the CSIRO website.


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