Switch your thinking takes national stage

Published on Friday 12 October, 2018

Julie McMinn

The evolution and success of the Switch your thinking program will be highlighted at a national local government climate change forum this month, focusing on accelerating local action.

Switch your thinking Coordinator Julie McMinn was invited to present to the Cities Power Partnership National Summit in New South Wales on 18 and 19 October, to discuss the landmark program.

A joint initiative of the cities of Gosnells and Armadale and the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale, Switch your thinking has been running since 2002 and now works with 16 local governments in metropolitan Perth.

City of Gosnells Mayor Glenn Dewhurst said the City was proud to have been part of Switch your thinking’s inception and continued success.

“Between 2002 and 2015, actions by Switch your thinking cut back carbon dioxide from being released into the environment by about 339,700 tonnes, which is equivalent to the carbon absorbed by growing 8.7 million seedlings for 10 years,” he said.

“With programs that encompass water and energy efficiency, waste reduction, rewards for residents, sustainable transport, green building practices and much more, Switch your thinking services 1.1 million residents, 90,900 businesses and 300 schools.”

Ms McMinn said she hoped the national recognition achieved by taking part in the forum would lead to even more local governments joining the program.

“The support and materials offered through Switch your thinking means that busy local governments are able to spend their time implementing sustainability and climate change programs, rather than researching, designing and commissioning them,” she said.

“We were incredibly honoured to be invited to speak at the Cities Power Partnership forum.”

For more information about Switch your thinking, visit www.switchyourthinking.