Adelaide, Australia

Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot!

Last summer, as record temperatures were broken, the City of Adelaide launched 'Feeling Hot Hot Hot!', a campaign to protect the health and wellbeing of the community by preparing them for extreme heat as a result of a changing climate. The campaign included a range of events, training, and community education activities including:

  • booked out 'Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot!' event at the Adelaide Town Hall (expert panel discussing extreme weather scenarios, 860 registered participants, 12 community stalls),
  • Adelaide’s Heatmapping Project presenting an online heat mapping tool enabling communities and councils to identify hotspots and make better decisions to minimize urban heat,
  • a Citizen Science Urban Microclimate study,
  • a seminar “Risky Business, Managing the Unexpected” to prepare city businesses for extreme weather events to minimize risks to wellbeing, productivity, and economy,
  • partnering with SA Health to promote Healthy in the Heat educational program,
  • partnering  with the Red Cross to deliver Climate Ready Communities Training,
  • partnering  with the University of Adelaide concerning research on urban heat and solutions (greening, cool materials) to help deliver the Health, Habitat and Heat Symposium,
  • an online engagement campaign to support the community in preparing for heatwaves.

“Cities are about people and Local Governments play a key role in supporting the health and wellbeing of our communities. We are doing this by helping them adapt and become more resilient to the impacts of climate change. The City of Adelaide’s Hot! Hot! Hot! wellbeing initiative helps prepare our city’s communities for the changes that are happening now, as well as highlight ways we can work together to lessen the increase of future climate change.”

Sandy Verschoor
The Lord Mayor of Adelaide

* Disclosure: The Wellbeing Cities Award’s laureates and finalists were selected prior to the COVID-19 pandemic and the civil rights protests. In the light of these new events, our events team is working to reflect these crucial changes in the program of the Wellbeing Cities Forum.

All photos sent by City of Adelaide, Australia.