Climate emergency declarations in 1,330 jurisdictions and local governments cover 810 million citizens

1,330 jurisdictions in 26 countries have declared a climate emergency. Populations covered by jurisdictions that have declared a climate emergency amount to over 810 million citizens, with 57 million of these living in the United Kingdom. This means in Britain now over 85 per cent of the population lives in areas that have declared a Read more about Climate emergency declarations in 1,330 jurisdictions and local governments cover 810 million citizens[…]

Australia: Most Australians now agree that the country is facing a climate emergency

Most Australians now agree that Australia is facing a climate emergency and should take emergency action, according to new polling research from The Australia Institute. Two thirds of Australians – more women than men – believe the country is facing a climate emergency and that “the Government should mobilise all of society to tackle the Read more about Australia: Most Australians now agree that the country is facing a climate emergency[…]

Australia: First national Climate Emergency Summit

The American climate scientist Dr Michael E. Mann, rock star Peter Garrett and The Guardian Australia’s editor Lenore Taylor are among the 100 presenters who will be speaking at the 2020 National Climate Emergency Summit in Melbourne, Australia. After formal declarations of climate emergency began in Australia in 2016, the impact and influence of this Read more about Australia: First national Climate Emergency Summit[…]

Australia: Lawyers declare a climate emergency

New South Wales Young Lawyers has declared that there is a climate emergency which poses an unprecedented challenge for human rights, and the Board of The University of Sydney Law School has voted unanimously to declare a climate emergency. NSW Young Lawyers, which represents more than 15,000 young lawyers and law students in New South Read more about Australia: Lawyers declare a climate emergency[…]

Journalism alert: Scientists now use “emergency” to describe the situation

“The big climate news of the past week is that more and more scientists are now using the word “emergency” to describe the circumstances facing humanity,” writes Covering Climate Now – a collaboration of 400 news outlets worldwide – in their newsletter The Climate Beat on 5 December 2019.  Covering Climate Now writes: “Science has Read more about Journalism alert: Scientists now use “emergency” to describe the situation[…]

United Kingdom: Families declare a climate emergency

In our globalised world, numerous families have members of the family living in different countries, and Christmas and New Year is often the one time of the year when they travel to be united again. This year, some families have a new idea they will be discussing when they meet: A family climate emergency declaration. Read more about United Kingdom: Families declare a climate emergency[…]

European Union declares a climate emergency

On Thursday 28 November 2019, the European Parliament declared a climate emergency, 429 votes in favour to 225. That vote covers a population of 500 million people. “We are today meeting the expectations of European citizens,” said Pascal Canfin, a French lawmaker who is chairman of the European Parliament’s environment committee. Canfin initiated the Parliament Read more about European Union declares a climate emergency[…]

Oxford Dictionaries: ‘Climate emergency’ is Word of the Year 2019

Oxford Dictionaries has declared “climate emergency” the word of the year for 2019, following a hundred-fold increase in usage that it says demonstrated a “greater immediacy” in the way we talk about the climate. The dictionary’s word of the year is chosen to “reflect the ethos, mood, or preoccupations of the passing year” and should Read more about Oxford Dictionaries: ‘Climate emergency’ is Word of the Year 2019[…]

Australia: First teachers union branch declares a climate emergency

As the first Tasmanian union to declare climate emergency, the Australian Education Union’s Tasmanian Branch has called for urgent action from state and federal governments to protect their students’ future. “Tasmanian teachers won’t sit by while governments burn our students’ futures. Where governments are failing, our students are taking action and we’re proud to join Read more about Australia: First teachers union branch declares a climate emergency[…]

11,258 scientists’ declaration of a climate emergency

11,258 scientists agree with 1,180 governments: it’s time to declare a climate emergency. They write in a paper published in BioScience on 4 November 2019: “We declare, with more than 11,000 scientist signatories from around the world, clearly and unequivocally that planet Earth is facing a climate emergency.” “The declaration is based on analysis of Read more about 11,258 scientists’ declaration of a climate emergency[…]