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[…]

Biggest parliamentary e-petition in Australian history is a call for a climate emergency declaration

Australians, you can still add your names and join the call from 330,000 people on the federal parliament to declare a climate emergency. The e-petition closes on 16 October 2019. → www.aph.gov.au/petition_sign?id=EN1041 “On September 20th, more than 300,000 Australians protested around the country, uniting with millions worldwide to demand that our governments take serious and Read more about Biggest parliamentary e-petition in Australian history is a call for a climate emergency declaration[…]

United Kingdom: 60 per cent of Councils have declared a climate emergency

Climateemergency.uk have registered 245 local authorities in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland that have declared a climate emergency. 149 of these have set a target of reaching zero emissions by 2030 or earlier. “It is a cross-party movement, illustrated by taking a look at the political control of the councils that have declared a Read more about United Kingdom: 60 per cent of Councils have declared a climate emergency[…]

Australia: Social worker launches petition calling for federal climate emergency declaration

Watching councils, professional bodies and associations declare a climate emergency, and observing the power of the school strike, social worker Jacquelyn Johnson felt that her profession, which pursues social justice as a fundamental tenet, must act in a coordinated manner on what is the single biggest threat to life as we know it. “There are Read more about Australia: Social worker launches petition calling for federal climate emergency declaration[…]

Europe: WeMove.EU launches climate emergency declaration campaign

WeMove.EU – a citizens’ movement campaigning for “a European Union committed to social and economic justice, environmental sustainability and citizen-led democracy” – launched a campaign on 27 September 2018 asking its members to call three specific Members of the European Parliament and ask them to reject any candidate for the EU Commission who is not Read more about Europe: WeMove.EU launches climate emergency declaration campaign[…]

Denmark: Petition calls for a national climate emergency declaration

Mellemfolkeligt Samvirke, the Danish branch of ActionAid which is an international non-governmental organisation whose primary aim is to work against poverty and injustice worldwide, has launched a petition calling on the Danish government to declare a climate emergency. Next week they will have posters about it across the country. The petition has three demands: • Read more about Denmark: Petition calls for a national climate emergency declaration[…]