New Zealand declares a climate emergency

In a motion tabled in New Zealand’s parliament on 2 December 2020, the government declared a climate change emergency and committed to a carbon-neutral government by 2025, in what the prime minister Jacinda Ardern called “one of the greatest challenges of our time”. The motion quoted figures from the ICEF spreadsheet which listed the – Read more about New Zealand declares a climate emergency[…]

Climate emergency declarations in 1,849 jurisdictions and local governments cover 820 million citizens

1,849 jurisdictions in 33 countries have declared a climate emergency. Populations covered by jurisdictions that have declared a climate emergency amount to over 820 million citizens, with 60 million of these living in the United Kingdom. This means in Britain now around 90 per cent of the population lives in areas that have declared a Read more about Climate emergency declarations in 1,849 jurisdictions and local governments cover 820 million citizens[…]

Japan – world’s third-largest economy – declares a climate emergency

On 19 November 2020, Japanese lawmakers declared a climate emergency in a symbolic vote aimed at increasing pressure for action to combat global warming after the government last month committed to a firm timetable for net-zero emissions.   The news went around the world when the global news agency Reuters picked it up and featured Read more about Japan – world’s third-largest economy – declares a climate emergency[…]

Australia: ‘Local Government Climate Emergency Toolkit’

This toolkit offers practical recommendations for how local governments – also known as city councils and local councils – can take immediate action to address the climate emergency.   It is written for local government councillors, officers and community members who want to take climate action. The recommendations outlined in this guide are specific and Read more about Australia: ‘Local Government Climate Emergency Toolkit’[…]

UK conference: ‘The Climate & Ecological Emergency: Taking Action Together’

Online conference on 13 November 2020 from 10am to 5pm in the United Kingdom will explore how councils, other public organisations, businesses, charities and communities can all work together to develop radical Action Plans to deliver on commitments after having declared a climate emergency. → Full timetable of sessions here Has your organisation declared a Read more about UK conference: ‘The Climate & Ecological Emergency: Taking Action Together’[…]

Finland: First Nordic capital declares a climate emergency

Helsinki has declared a climate emergency as the first city council in Finland to do so. On the 23 September 2020, the City Council approved the City Board’s proposal of preparing a climate emergency declaration. The proposal was based on a motion by Council member Leo Stranius. Mayor Jan Vapaavuori confirmed Helsinki’s climate emergency declaration on Read more about Finland: First Nordic capital declares a climate emergency[…]

Australia: Zoominars on the climate emergency

Psychology on the climate emergency Video recording of Extinction Rebellion Victoria’s zoominar ‘Sounding the Alarm’ with Paul Gilding, Roger Hallam and Jane Morton on 26 June 2020 Video recording of Extinction Rebellion Victoria’s zoominar ‘Living in Climate Truth’ with Jane Morton and Margaret Klein Salamon on 2 July 2020 Councils in the climate emergency Trent Read more about Australia: Zoominars on the climate emergency[…]

Open letter from Greta Thunberg: #FaceTheClimateEmergency

“It’s time to #FaceTheClimateEmergency,” writes Greta Thunberg and #FridaysForFuture members in an open letter to global leaders, signed by thousands of activists, scientists, representatives of civil society and influencers. Within the first three hours, 20,000 more people had added there name to the letter, which was sent to all EU leaders and heads of state Read more about Open letter from Greta Thunberg: #FaceTheClimateEmergency[…]

Australian builders and planners declare a climate emergency

In a world first, Australian builders have joined architects in publicly acknowledging that we are in a climate emergency, and that business as usual cannot continue if we want a prosperous future for our children and natural environment. “The time is now for professionals in the construction industry to take a stand on climate change Read more about Australian builders and planners declare a climate emergency[…]

Developing a climate emergency action plan

How councils can take a comprehensive approach to the climate emergency: A recording of an insightful seminar on the role of local councils in developing climate emergency action plans – presented by Ernst & Young Melbourne specialists Brendan Tapley and Rob Kyne and hosted by the Victorian Local Governance Association. On 16 June 2020, Ernst Read more about Developing a climate emergency action plan[…]