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[…]

Pacific foreign ministers declare a climate emergency

The Pacific foreign ministers have declared a climate emergency in the region. This was one of the key outcomes of the forum foreign ministers held on 8 July 2022. The declaration includes key collective decisions including a declaration that the Pacific was facing a climate emergency that threatens the livelihoods, security and wellbeing of its Read more about Pacific foreign ministers declare a climate emergency[…]

Philip Sutton: In loving memory

  Philip Sutton (1951-2022)   The world has lost a groundbreaking climate thinker   Luke Taylor, director of the National Sustainable Living Festival, wrote: “It is with an extremely heavy heart that we send this message to notify the SLF community that veteran sustainability and climate activist, Philip Sutton passed away earlier this week from Read more about Philip Sutton: In loving memory[…]

First Australian state parliament declares a climate emergency

On 31 May 2022, a motion declaring Australia is facing a climate emergency passed both the Lower and Upper House of the South Australian Parliament. The motion also recognised that climate change is already costing lives and destroying vital ecosystems around the world. South Australian Climate Minister Susan Close introduced the climate emergency declaration, saying: Read more about First Australian state parliament declares a climate emergency[…]

Australia: Climate emergency declaration voted down in New South Wales parliament

On 23 March 2022, Cate Faehrmann from the Greens put forward a motion that the New South Wales state government declare a climate emergency. The motion was voted down by 28 votes against (Labor, Liberals, Nationals) and only 4 votes for the motion. https://twitter.com/greencate/status/1506574185518174208 Here is how Cate Faehrmann described it in a live Facebook Read more about Australia: Climate emergency declaration voted down in New South Wales parliament[…]

Australia: Declarations lead to stronger climate response from local government

Academic research from the RMIT University in Melbourne shows that climate emergency declarations do signify a stronger climate response from local government, and that emerging action plans do reflect many of the attributes needed for robust and viable climate emergency strategies. The 16-page paper, which was published on MDPI – a Swiss publisher of open Read more about Australia: Declarations lead to stronger climate response from local government[…]

Canada: Call to confront the climate emergency

More than 310 diverse arts, business, community, environment, faith, health, Indigenous, labour, senior, and youth organisations have signed an open letter calling on the British Columbia government in Canada to confront the climate emergency by implementing ten urgent climate actions. “Dear Premier Horgan and the Government of BC, We write on behalf of diverse environmental, Read more about Canada: Call to confront the climate emergency[…]