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[…]

Climate emergency declarations in 2,309 jurisdictions and local governments cover 1 billion citizens

2,309 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 2,309 jurisdictions and local governments cover 1 billion citizens[…]

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[…]

Week-long series of workshops and high-level dialogues about the climate emergency

The theme and focus of Daring Cities 2022 – the virtual global forum “for urban decision-makers leading in the climate emergency” – is Climate Emergency Finance. During 3-7 October 2022, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability – and the Federal City of Bonn will host the Daring Cities 2022 Virtual Forum, a week-long series of Read more about Week-long series of workshops and high-level dialogues about the climate emergency[…]

Victorian energy minister signs climate emergency declaration

In Australia in 2018, the Victorian Minister for Energy Lily D’Ambrosio, Labor, signed on to the climate emergency declaration mobilisation movement. Why would this be worth mentioning four years later? It could become significant because it is election time again in Victoria – Australia’s second largest state, where more than a quarter of all Australians Read more about Victorian energy minister signs climate emergency declaration[…]

Which should come first – climate emergency declarations or action plans?

By Margaret Hender Last week saw two new Climate Emergency Declarations (CEDs) in Australia, taking the total to 114, along with some interesting twists and turns. Liverpool City Council in NSW and Derwent Valley Council in Tasmania both passed CED motions, and Eurobodalla Shire Council adopted a new 10-year Climate Action Plan but postponed a decision on declaring a Climate Emergency. Read more about Which should come first – climate emergency declarations or action plans?[…]

Climate emergency declarations: analysis of the graphs

New declarations might not be receiving a lot of media coverage these days but there are now 2,248 jurisdictions that have passed a Climate Emergency Declaration (CED). In just the last fortnight there have been two more CEDs in the UK (North Yorkshire County Council and Swindon Borough Council) and one more in Japan (Hiroshima Read more about Climate emergency declarations: analysis of the graphs[…]

USA: American president close to declaring a climate emergency

In a speech the American President Joe Biden delivered from the site of a former coal-fired power station in Somerset, Massachusetts, he said: [14:50] “Congress has failed in its duty. Not a single Republican in Congress stepped up to support my Climate Plan. Not one. So let me be clear: Climate change is an emergency, Read more about USA: American president close to declaring a climate emergency[…]

United Kingdom: Search for council climate emergency banners on websites

By Margaret Hender Following on from my recent hunt for Climate Emergency Declaration (CED) banners on the websites of Australian local councils who have declared a Climate Emergency, I knuckled down to search the homepage of all 543 CED local councils in the UK. Maybe there are better ways to spend a wet and wintry week, Read more about United Kingdom: Search for council climate emergency banners on websites[…]