Shire Climate Action Network (ShireCAN) is a group of Sutherland Shire residents who are deeply concerned about the threat climate change poses to our planet. The reality is climate change is and will continue to impact on our lifestyle as we know it within the Shire, due to increased and extreme weather conditions. As a group we want to play an active role in climate action to ensure the planet is protected for our children and future generations.
The aim of the network is to raise community awareness about climate change and promote strong, practical actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across the Sutherland Shire, New South Wales, Australia, and the world.
Raising awareness and having climate conversations within the community, business, media and local authorities is important to highlight how climate change negatively affects the things we most value. As a group we rally support, educate and engage the broader community to encourage everyone to take a stronger stance on climate change action and develop and collaborate on vital climate strategies and initiatives.
ShireCAN was originally called the Sutherland Climate Action Network and was formed in 2007. However, in 2021 we changed our name to Shire Climate Action Network (ShireCAN) to better reflect the Shire community.
ShireCAN is not politically aligned, but we are prepared to challenge the status quo, and we often join with other like-minded community organisations across Australia to bring about positive climate initiatives. To help achieve this ShireCAN lobbies/petitions all tiers of government. For more info see some of our Submissions.
We applaud Sutherland Shire Council’s commitment to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030, and we are keen to work with Council to ensure the Shire transitions to 100% renewable energy by 2030.
Encouraging Local Climate Change Advocacy and Uptake of New Initiatives and Technology
We keep abreast of the latest developments and opportunities for households, businesses and government to address climate change and share and discuss our knowledge with others, both in person and online to amplify positive initiatives.
Transport accounts for a third of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions. Encouraging people to walk and cycle for short trips is one way to help address climate change. State government has been less than clear about its intentions to honour a 2015 promise to build a useful ‘spine’ for the Shire’s active active transport network, though recent announcements indicate that public pressure is making a difference. Help us campaign for a safe, efficient and enjoyable route and find out more at the Sutherland to Cronulla Active Transport Link page.