Nine Yarra neighbourhood houses gathered last week to launch a plan to reduce their environmental footprint and support the local community to adapt to climate change.
Neighborhood houses are among the first to step up during community crises such as dealing with the impacts of extreme weather and are key responders for community members experiencing ongoing vulnerability – yet they themselves aren’t often well-prepared for the impacts of climate change.
Across six months Jesuit Social Services’ Centre for Just Places, in collaboration with City of Yarra, supported the network of houses to design a collaborative climate action and resilience plan for the network. The plan builds on the Centre’s work building climate resilience with community services and councils across Melbourne – including work with Springvale and North Dandenong Neighbourhood Houses and the Darebin Neighbourhood House network.
Reflecting on the Yarra Neighbourhood House Network’s plan, Tony Milne, Executive Officer of Carlton Neighbourhood Learning Centre, described it as “a beacon of collective, community-driven action towards a sustainable and resilient future.”