Climate equity

The VCOSS position on climate change is simple: Act now. Act fairly.

Climate change is hurting disadvantaged Victorians.

Whether they’re a low-income household who can’t afford to insure their home against bushfire, or a renter who doesn’t have an air-conditioner to stay cool during a heatwave.

And although we’re transitioning to lower emissions and cleaner technologies, the benefits aren’t being shared equally.

Solar panels, electric cars and energy efficient homes are expensive and out-of-reach for far too many.

VCOSS believes that a truly equitable response to climate change flips the script.

It means addressing existing disadvantage and improving people’s lives.

It means helping the people most at-risk keep save from the impacts of climate change, while targeting new innovations at the households who’d benefit most.

Climate equity research:

Extreme heat is a major killer we should all be thinking about and planning for.
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Submission on Victoria’s emissions reduction target for 2035
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FLAGSHIP RESEARCH | The ways heatwaves are hurting Victorians doing it tough
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More climate research

Extreme heat resources

Department of Health 

Heat health preparedness guidance for health and community services can help organisations self-assess their preparedness for extreme heat. 

The Bureau of Meteorology

Heat health alerts notify organisations when forecast temperatures might present a health risk. 

Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action 

The six Regional Adaptation Strategies outline how Victoria’s six regions can adapt to climate change. 

The Climate Science Report analyses how Victoria’s climate is changing and what hot weather is predicted. 

Department of Families, Fairness and Housing 

The Health and Human Services Adaptation Action Plan outlines in part how the community sector can adapt to climate change. 

Preparing for emergencies: A reference guide for the social services sector can help organisations plan for and respond to emergencies including heatwaves. 

Emergency Management Victoria 

Extreme Heat Sub-plan outlines the official roles and responsibilities for extreme heat events.  

VCOSS is the peak body for Victoria’s social and community sector, and the state’s premier social advocacy body.

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