When Cr Belinda Moloney saw that councillors were drinking water from single-use plastic bottles at their meetings, she got an idea. At the new council’s first meeting on 1 December 2020, she handed out a mug to each of the 10 other councillors – which can be used again and again, while at the same time sending the important message for many meetings to come: Put climate first in every decision.
On Instagram and Facebook, Councillor Jim Mason posted a photo of himself holding the mug, and commenting: “A thoughful gift. Zero emissions are the only way to ensure meaningful jobs in the future. Otherwise jobs will focus on survival in a diminished society.”