Kyneton group steps up climate campaign

Macedon Ranges Green Energy Coalition members promote the People's Climate Rally Kyneton. Picture: Damjan Janevski.

A group calling for more action on climate change will present a 3500-signature petition to Macedon Ranges council this Tuesday.

The Macedon Ranges Green Energy Coalition wants the council to commit to becoming carbon neutral by 2020.

The group is seeking a stand-alone climate change policy and recommends the installation of solar panels on all council buildings, at an estimated cost of $1 million.

Coalition co-ordinator Rob Bakes said supporters were being encouraged to make colourful banners and attend Tuesday’s petition handover in Kyneton ahead of a ‘‘People’s Climate Rally’’ through the streets of the town on November 29.

Mr Bakes said people were frustrated that various levels of government were still merely talking about action on climate change.

‘‘If we can get ordinary citizens to advise their elected representatives in a serious way, where they will take notice of it, then we’ll get better outcomes,’’ he said.

The council has previously said calls for emissions reduction targets and the installation of solar panels would be considered as part of its new environment strategy but the coalition’s suggested timeframe was ‘‘not feasible’’.

The council recently gave in-principle support to RMIT University’s greenhouse challenge to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions.