"BSFG, and no doubt the wider community.. are very disappointed with the response from our elected leaders.
"Despite overwhelming world wide evidence of the catastrophic climate related events in recent years, and the most recent IPCC report noting that 'this is the last decade the world has in which to drastically reduce greenhouse emissions in order to contain global warming to 1.5 degrees C; council's motion contains no indication of urgency whatsover, and no demonstrable target to work towards in regards to reducing greenhouse emissions.
"BSFG will continue to advocate vigorously for action on mitigating climate change.
"Therefore, on behalf of the Benalla community, we will declare that the world faces a climate emergency, and must drastically reduce its greenhouse emissions by 2030; and that Benalla must play its part is striving for these emission reductions."
BSFG President Peter Holmes, quoted by Simon Ruppert in the Benalla Ensign, Wednesday October 6, 2021.