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Councillor Trent McCarthy
Founder, Climate Emergency - Australia
Cr Trent McCarthy was first elected to Darebin Council in 2008 on a climate action platform. In 2016, Trent made history by proposing the world’s first government-level climate emergency declaration. There are now over 2,000 governments around the world - including 104 in Australia - that have declared a climate emergency.Trent is founder of Climate Emergency Australia and co-founder of Darebin’s award-winning Solar Saver program, which has enabled thousands of low-income households and businesses to switch to solar with no upfront costs.Alongside this, Trent has championed the formation of the Victorian Energy Collaboration (VECO), which is the largest ever emissions reduction project of local government in Australia, switching 46 councils to renewable energy.Trent is also CEO of a youth organisation, chair of Victorian LLENs and serves on the boards of Melbourne Innovation Centre, Northern Alliance for Greenhouse Action, Coburg High School, Darebin Nature Trust and Climate Emergency Darebin.