Climate emergency declarations in 2,351 jurisdictions and local governments cover 1 billion citizens

2,351 jurisdictions in 40 countries have declared a climate emergency. Populations covered by jurisdictions that have declared a climate emergency amount to over 1 billion citizens. Over 61 million of these live in the United Kingdom. In Britain around 95 per cent of the population lives in areas where the local authorities – over 570 Read more about Climate emergency declarations in 2,351 jurisdictions and local governments cover 1 billion citizens[…]

References to “climate emergency” spiking in the academic literature

On 30 October 2023, Washington Post reported that references to “climate emergency” and “climate crisis” are spiking in the academic literature. As recently as 2015, only 32 papers in the Web of Science research database included the term “climate emergency.” In 2022, 862 papers contained the phrase. When the Oregon State University ecologist Bill Ripple’s Read more about References to “climate emergency” spiking in the academic literature[…]

USA: Multiple calls on President Biden to declare a climate emergency

In the United States, climate advocacy groups are seizing on the moment after President Joe Biden stated on 9 August 2023 that he had ‘practically’ declared a climate emergency. Numerous activist groups as well as politicians have since then increased pressure on Biden to actually declare an emergency, or a climate emergency. There is an Read more about USA: Multiple calls on President Biden to declare a climate emergency[…]

Australia: Fossil Ad Ban calls for a test of Climate Emergency Declarations 

“2,326 jurisdictions in 40 countries have declared a climate emergency. Now their actions are being checked, including bans on polluting ads,” writes Fossil Ad Ban in their newsletter on 13 April 2023: “More than 100 Australian councils, as well as the ACT and South Australia, have declared climate emergencies, but so far only 11 have Read more about Australia: Fossil Ad Ban calls for a test of Climate Emergency Declarations […]

David Spratt: Reclaiming the term “climate emergency” an urgent task

Volume 43. No. 2 of the academic Slovenian philosophy journal Filozofski vestnik, which was published on 23 March 2023, has ‘Emergency’ as its theme and contains a 29-page article by the Australian author and research director David Spratt titled “Reclaiming ‘Climate Emergency’” David Spratt writes: “Climate emergency” was the Oxford Dictionaries’ Word of the Year Read more about David Spratt: Reclaiming the term “climate emergency” an urgent task[…]

Climate emergency declarations by over 40 sub-national governments

by Margaret Hender Most of the 2,300+ known Climate Emergency Declarations (CEDs) so far have been at the local government level, but 41 have been by sub-national governments. They include UK devolved governments (Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland), state governments (eg. Hawaii, Quebec, and South Australia), six of the 26 cantons in Switzerland, eight of the 20 Read more about Climate emergency declarations by over 40 sub-national governments[…]

United Kingdom: Council climate action scorecards

Having declared a climate emergency, as most council’s in the United Kingdom have done – what do we need to actually get things done? Start to bring people together locally, says Hannah Jewell from Climate Emergency UK, and start highlighting the ‘role model’ councils with a climate action scorecard. 83 per cent of councils in Read more about United Kingdom: Council climate action scorecards[…]

Climate emergency trends in 2022

By Margaret Hender In this newsletter: New Climate Emergency declarations Local council Climate Emergency action reporting Country-specific trends VECO achievements Klimakrise declarations in Norway A new and worrying misuse of ‘climate emergency’ and a huge missed opportunity in the UK New Climate Emergency declarations The most recent Australian local council to declare a Climate Emergency Read more about Climate emergency trends in 2022[…]

Australia: What followed after declaring a climate emergency

A council declares a climate emergency – and then what? In a 45-minute podcast interview, Damien Williams, president of Zero Kingston 2030, tells the story about what happened in Kingston near Melbourne, home of 165,000 Australians, after the declaration. Kingston’s Climate and Ecological Emergency Response Plan was endorsed in July 2021 to guide urgent climate action, after Kingston Read more about Australia: What followed after declaring a climate emergency[…]

Climate Emergency Community Guideline

Volunteers from Climate Reality Europe are working on enhancing climate emergency measures and declarations at the local level. Besides having activities in the United Kingdom, Italy, Albania, Spain and Hungary, they have developed a Climate Emergency Community Guideline, which aims to provide guidelines and tips for citizens on catalysing commitments, dialogue and action for a Read more about Climate Emergency Community Guideline[…]