The city becomes one of six locations worldwide to appoint the ‘officers’.
MELBOURNE ‘HEAT OFFICERS’
In what has been described as “a vital acknowledgement of how serious urban heat is for Australia”, the City of Melbourne has become one of six locations in the world to appoint “chief heat officers”.
The move is a first for Australia and is part of an international climate change movement to “improve how cities handle heat in a warming world”.
In partnership with the US-based Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center, six cities around the world now have chief heat officers dedicated to reducing heat risks.
Of course the usual suspects are right behind the scenes.
“Urban heat does more than cause discomfort for city residents. It’s a threat to their lives.”
“Melbourne is already experiencing the consequences of climate change, with extreme heat a life-threatening reality—it’s why we need to do more,” said Lord Mayor Sally Capp.
“We are proud to become Australia’s champion for taking leadership action on addressing extreme heat, by forging new partnerships with world leaders like the Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Resilience Center.”
Tiffany Crawford and Krista Milne will oversee the work of managing the risks of extreme heat in the city.
That’s right, folks. The old and tired ‘global warming’ message reaches new levels.
As Melbourne’s first ‘climate adaptation strategy‘ from back in 2009 explains, Australians have a “propensity to participate in events in very hot conditions”.
According to the Melbourne Living Melbourne Strategy: “Heart attacks increase by 10.8 per cent when the mean daily temperature reaches 30℃.”
Put simply: Heat is deadly, and it is coming for us all.
Heat that is inexplicably caused by human c02 emissions and farting cows, of course.
The group has also cited regular power failures during recent Victorian heatwaves as a reason to ‘invest more effort into addressing rising temperatures’.
Failures wouldn’t have anything to do with Australia’s foreign ownership of electricity, though.
Stop asking so many questions.
Yes, here we are again with another climate group, backed by multi-million-dollar off-shore influences.
The City of Melbourne already has the ‘Cool Routes project‘, which allows for a path to be plotted through Melbourne based on live temperature data. There are also heat health alerts, ‘cool places mapping‘ and heat-specific support for people who are homeless.
But they say this simply isn’t enough to protect people.
Now we must send in the “heat officers” to level things up a notch.
WHAT WILL THEY DO?
Completely natural and non-geoengineered heat waves, yes.
The first of these ‘officers’ were installed in Miami-Dade County in the United States in 2021. Appointments followed in Greece, Sierra Leone, Chile and Mexico.
In less than two years, these groups have overseen projects such as developing new ways to monitor urban heat, trialling cool pavement materials and creating refuges from the heat.
Mexico is currently sponsoring the roll-out of green roofs across state-owned buildings, such as schools and hospitals. This includes 1,000 square metres of vegetated rooftop to help keep the building cooler.
For Melbourne, practical actions might include trials of urban forms that allow for mixed plantings across buildings, infrastructure and streets.
Another projected focus will be to manage traffic and take account of local ‘climate patterns’.
Melbourne’s heat waves often peak in the very late afternoon as people travel home. Reducing car traffic and adding cooled trams and buses at these times will help move more people safely.
Most importantly, Melbourne’s heat officers will be co-ordinating between partners – both within government and with the developers and private agencies — that shape so much of the city.
They will create ties between policy, strategy, planners, designers, developers, research and tools.
They will also be on the ground and talk to the communities who experience ‘heat stress’.
“Much of our existing work on urban heat has been done from desktops and satellites. It’s time to hit the streets and start negotiating the technical, social and political worlds that determine how Australian cities respond to heat.”
As predicted, the ‘election’ of Anthony Albanese signified a transition to driving the sustainable agenda ahead of 2030, now that many of the surveillance apparatuses are in place.
All based on a subject where the ‘science’ is questionable at best.
If you live in Melbourne, how do you feel about this appointment?
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The circus keeps rolling on and on.
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