“A rising tide of communities across the country from the ground up are having their views represented by local leaders.”
~ Nic Seaton, deputy program director of Greenpeace Australia Pacific
The following are examples randomly picked from the newsstream, in no way covering the vast amount of news coverage that has been published during the month of June 2019. There are plenty more stories, reports, videos and podcasts out there. Google. Twitter.
Three of the big ones in June, which received world-wide media coverage, were Sydney’s, London’s and New York’s climate emergency declarations:
— The Hill (@thehill) June 26, 2019
The first ever London Climate Action Week starts on Monday. I declared a #ClimateEmergency for our city because we simply can’t wait any longer to take action on reducing emissions. Find out what we’re doing in London to address climate change here. pic.twitter.com/Q0qcpBtyZR
— Mayor of London (@MayorofLondon) June 28, 2019
The City of Sydney has officially declared a climate emergency. pic.twitter.com/RobatF87IK
— Clover Moore (@CloverMoore) June 24, 2019
Sydney, the largest city in a country acutely vulnerable to global warming, moved to declare a climate emergency https://t.co/MsbfyzeezZ
— The New York Times (@nytimes) June 24, 2019
More about Sydney below.
The climate emergency is evolving faster than predicted. We must accelerate our response, with ambition and urgency. This is the battle for our lives. And it’s a battle we can and must win. https://t.co/CQstT1p2ri #ClimateAction
— António Guterres (@antonioguterres) June 30, 2019
“The world is facing a grave climate emergency”
“We are here because the world is facing a grave climate emergency.
Climate disruption is happening now, and it is happening to all of us.
It is progressing even faster than the world’s top scientists have predicted.
It is outpacing our efforts to address it. Climate change is running faster than what we are. Every week brings new climate-related devastation. Floods. Drought. Heatwaves. Wildfires. Superstorms.”
~ Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary-General, speaking at the Climate Summit Preparatory Meeting in Abu Dhabi on 30 June 2019
→ UPI – 30 June 2019:
U.N. secretary-general warns of ‘grave climate emergency’ in Abu Dhabi meeting
→ UN News – 30 June 2019:
‘Act now with ambition and urgency’ to tackle the world’s ‘grave climate emergency’, UN chief urges UAE meeting
“The world is facing “a grave climate emergency”, Secretary-General António Guterres told a climate meeting in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) capital of Abu Dhabi on Sunday, urging all participants to “seize this opportunity to take bold climate action”.”
We are facing a #ClimateEmergency & it is the fight of our lives. Around the world, young people are calling for greater and faster #ClimateAction. Their voices should not & will not be ignored in our process at the @UN #ClimateChange conference. https://t.co/Mka6wAT6Iv #SB50Bonn pic.twitter.com/nbbCby62Gz
— Patricia Espinosa C. (@PEspinosaC) June 18, 2019
“Patricia Espinosa, head of the United Nations climate change secretariat, said existing country pledges to cut planet-warming emissions would heat the planet by 3 degrees Celsius (5.4F) from pre-industrial times. “That is just not possible,” she said, adding it would leave people sicker and result in battles over resources such as water and land, with coastal residents losing homes to rising seas. “We are literally in a climate emergency, and… we are increasingly hearing that this is the fight of our lives,” she said.”
→ Thomson Reuters Foundation – 17 June 2019:
UN climate chief says 3C hotter world ‘just not possible’
“Climate change is an “existential issue”, and stepping up efforts to keep warming to agreed limits is urgent, the U.N. climate chief says.”
→ Green Report – 14 June 2019:
António Guterres: The climate emergency threatens the security and stability of the world (article in Italian language)
“More and more wars in the world of sovereignties and the risk of a global nuclear conflict reappears.”
— Greenpeace Aus Pac (@GreenpeaceAP) June 24, 2019
Australia’s financial capital declares climate emergency
The City of Sydney has officially declared a climate emergency.
Greenpeace wrote on Facebook:
“Earlier this week, the City of Sydney became the latest jurisdiction to officially acknowledge the truth of our climate crisis and declare a climate emergency. ✊ The City of Sydney is the 24th local government or territory in Australia – and one of more than 600 globally – to make the step. It proves that change is coming. And it’s coming from the ground up.”
Lord Mayor Clover Moore wrote on Facebook:
“In 2007, when the City of Sydney consulted for our long term strategic plan – Sustainable Sydney 2030 – 97% of people said they wanted strong climate action, so we made it our top priority.
Successive Federal Governments have shamefully presided over a climate disaster, and now we are at a critical juncture.
Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions have increased for four consecutive years. It is clear that the current Federal Government’s policies are simply not working.
By declaring a climate emergency, we call on the Federal Government to respond urgently, by reintroducing a price on carbon to meet the Paris Agreement emissions reduction targets, and establishing a Just Transition Authority to ensure Australians employed in fossil fuel industries find appropriate alternate employment.”
“This emergency is not just about the numbers, it is about our communities, and its impacts are felt by us all, particularly the poorest amongst us – the vulnerable, the marginalised and those that live in remote communities.”
~ Clover Moore, Sydney lord mayor
→ SBS News – 25 June 2019:
The City of Sydney has officially declared a climate emergency
“City of Sydney councillors have voted to declare that climate change should be treated as a national emergency.”
→ The Guardian – 21 June 2019:
City of Sydney councillors to vote on declaring climate crisis a national emergency
“Clover Moore says ‘successive federal governments have shamefully presided over a climate disaster’.”
First Australian state capital declares climate emergency
— Bill Harvey (@BillHarvey6) June 17, 2019
“Hobart has become the first capital city in Australia to declare a climate and biodiversity emergency and demand urgent action. The motion passed last night eight votes to three, with Aldermen Tanya Denison, Simon Behrakis and Marti Zucco voting against it.
Lord Mayor Anna Reynolds says the declaration of an emergency reflects the concerns of the community. “Acknowledging that you have a really strategic problem for the future is more than symbolic, it’s about recognising that this issue is going to effect our operations and our community is incredibly concerned about the impact of climate change on the future of our city,” she said.
But Alderman Behrakis has described the council’s to declare as emergency as “hypocritical”. He says several of the councillors and aldermen who supported the declaration, also voted against an amendment showing support for a zero-emission power generation program.”
→ ABC News – 18 June 2019:
Hobart City Council declares climate emergency
National General Assembly of Local Government 2019:
Call on the Australian government to declare a climate emergency
Darebin City councillor Trent McCarthy wrote on Facebook on 17 June 2019:
“We just got the National General Assembly of Local Government 2019 to call on the Australian Government to declare a #ClimateEmergency and set up a $10B fund to enable councils to build the resilience of climate change vulnerable communities. Thanks to Moreland Council, Yarra Council and Blue Mountains Shire for co-sponsoring Darebin’s motion and to the 134 delegates who voted for it.”
→ The Guardian – 3 June 2019:
We must mobilise for the climate emergency like we do in wartime. Where is the climate minister?
“A realistic assessment of climate-related impacts and threats depends on understanding the strengths and weaknesses of climate science projections. Unfortunately, much scientific knowledge produced for climate policymaking is conservative and reticent.” By Ian Dunlop and David Spratt
→ Sydney Morning Herald – 3 June 2019:
Time to flick climate emergency switch: a plea to our new Parliament
“A year ago, there was little discussion of climate change as an existential threat, or the corresponding need for emergency action. Today, in the face of rapidly accelerating climate impacts, “existential threat” and “climate emergency” are common currency globally, existential meaning the potential to destroy humanity as we know it.” By Ian Dunlop
→ The Guardian – 15 June 2019:
Australia’s oldest things: how mind-boggling timelines meet the climate emergency
““As the world becomes more unstable in the grip of vast and all-pervasive change,” Falconer writes, “it’s difficult to discern exact chronologies, relationships and meaning.” More than anything, I think, climate change politicises time.”
BREAKING: The House of Commons has just passed a motion declaring that Canada is experiencing a climate change emergency. It passed with support from the Liberals, NDP, Greens, and Bloc. Conservatives and Bernier voted against. #cdnpoli
— Rachel Aiello (@rachaiello) June 18, 2019
House of Commons declares a climate emergency
“The House has voted to “declare that Canada is in a national climate emergency which requires, as a response, that Canada commit to meeting its national emissions target under the Paris Agreement and to making deeper reductions in line with the Agreement’s objective of holding global warming below two degrees Celsius and pursuing efforts to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius.” Forcing a vote on the motion meant all MPs had to stand up and be counted, whether or not they support Canada meeting the Paris targets.”
→ CTV News – 17 June 2019:
Canada’s House of Commons has declared a national climate emergency
“The House of Commons has passed a motion declaring a national climate emergency, and supporting Canada’s commitment to meet the Paris Agreement emissions targets. Conservative MPs voted against the motion, but it still passed 186-63 with the support of the Liberals, New Democrats, Bloc Quebecois and Green MPs.”
→ Global News – 17 June 2019:
National climate emergency declared by House of Commons
“The motion was put forward by Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, with the vote passing 186-63.”
One second they declare a #ClimateEmergency and the next second they say yes to expand a pipeline.
This is shameful.
But of course this is not only in Canada, we can unfortunately see the same pattern everywhere…https://t.co/zVbWXnLBSQ
— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) June 19, 2019
— Graeme MacKay (@mackaycartoons) June 19, 2019
→ The Link – 8 June 2019:
Climate Activists Hold Town Hall for Green New DeaL
“A Green New Deal would be a dramatic transformation of the economy tackling the climate crisis and the injustices related to it”
Al Jazeera asks: “Has the media narrative changed around climate change?”
Lawyer Farhana Yamin:
“We have three choices: to die, to survive or to thrive”
“At this point in human history we have three choices: to die, to survive or to thrive. From the wildfires in the U.S., coral die-back in the tropics and the deadly hurricanes battering small islands, the signs are crystal clear: climate devastation is already here. The world’s poorest people and indigenous communities are on the front line. They are also bearing the brunt of the sixth mass extinction, which is under way due to conversion of their forests, wetlands and other wild landscapes into concrete cities, dam reservoirs and fields growing soya.”
~ An excerpt from This is Not a Drill: An Extinction Rebellion Handbook, published by Penguin Books. By Farhana Yamin, an international environmental lawyer and activist with the Extinction Rebellion movement.
→ Time – 14 June 2019:
This Is the Only Way to Tackle the Climate Emergency
→ The Guardian – 15 June 2019:
We must transform our lives and values to save this burning planet
“The case for action to tackle the climate emergency, on a scale far beyond anything that has yet been attempted, is increasingly widely understood.”
→ CommonDreams – 12 June 2019:
Adding to Planetary Alarm Bells, Top US Finance Official Warns Climate Crisis a Recipe for Global Economic Collapse
“It’s abundantly clear that climate change poses financial risk to the stability of the financial system.”
→ Inequality – 15 June 2019:
Global Inequality in a Time of Climate Emergency
“Our world’s richest have a great deal of money. They also have the power to decide whether our civilization sinks or swims. So what can we do?”
On social media
“Mobilization is what happens when an entire nation enters emergency mode, and the results can be truly staggering.” — #EmergencyMode #ClimateEmergency #ClimateCrisis @ClimatePsych https://t.co/cfhJy9oURA
— Extinction Rebellion South Bay (@XRSouthBay) June 19, 2019
"Today, the climate crisis is no less an existential threat than was World War II, which dominated newspapers every day. Yet my news feed tells a different story. Scrolling through it in April, climate coverage was hard to come by." https://t.co/4ev18Jok2l
— David Wallace-Wells (@dwallacewells) May 30, 2019
Absolutely beggars belief
In what world does it make sense – having declared a #ClimateEmergency – to make measures to address the emergency more expensive?
VAT on solar-battery systems to rise from 5% to 20%, while tax on coal will stay at lower rate https://t.co/iAlJtXSsJN
— Caroline Lucas (@CarolineLucas) June 25, 2019
— Extinction Rebellion Australia (@XRebellionAus) June 25, 2019
This is a #ClimateEmergency! If European governments don’t ACT NOW, the #UnescoWorldHeritage old town of #Corfu and many other protected sites will be at serious risk from sea level rise. #UnitedForClimate pic.twitter.com/ZXjHQuEvF3
— Greenpeace UNITED FOR CLIMATE (@GreenpeaceU4C) June 22, 2019
If there's one NZ writer on climate and environment whose work I look forward to reading, it's @weldangel2. Here's her latest piece in the @nzherald on the Zero Carbon Act and #ClimateEmergency: https://t.co/QBWh5Mmqtm @ExtinctionNZ @GreenpeaceNZ @GenZeroNZ #ZeroCarbonTransition
— Tim Jones (@timjonesbooks) June 19, 2019
Day 31 non-stop vigil all day every day outside NZ Parliament until CCE declaration announced #ClimateEmergency #climatechange @nzbenedict @DomPost @Fridays4future @GretaThunberg @GarethMP @ecomanda @jacindaardern @GreenpeaceNZ @jamespeshaw @imaginemyrelief @act_nowclimate pic.twitter.com/A0QFcQVdJL
— thathumbleman (@thathumbleman) June 15, 2019
"If humanity’s two choices are to transform or collapse, the only rational, moral choice is to immerse yourself in the struggle to protect all life." https://t.co/PRsJiGW7TE
— Iina Soininen (@IinaS) June 25, 2019
"The #ClimateCrisis threatens to set back 1000s of years of human development. It has ruined the futures we had planned. It has made the present—what we do now—almost unbearably important. Our actions now, this year & next, have a incalculable amount of importance to all life". https://t.co/Es8wrhWuhK
— Mike Hembury (@schnappz) June 25, 2019
— Luca Iacoboni (@LucaIacoboni) June 27, 2019
"While we’re sat up here on a giant oil rig, let’s clear up a few things… We don’t need more oil. What we need is a planet we can live on." @BP_plc needs to clean up its act. Fast.
— Greenpeace (@Greenpeace) June 15, 2019
— Greenpeace UK (@GreenpeaceUK) June 19, 2019
Just as @OMV arrives in NZ fixing to drill 22 new oil wells, Statoil (@Equinor) and @Chevron admit defeat and announce that they're leaving >> https://t.co/Ed5DDTNM4t#NoMoreOil #ClimateEmergency #ClimateChange pic.twitter.com/IFCn1ovHu8
— Greenpeace NZ (@GreenpeaceNZ) June 19, 2019
"We are throwing everything, EVERYTHING at this; to stand between BP and the production of more fossil fuels than our climate can take." – @GreenpeaceUKhttps://t.co/suEtdWMk0Q #NoMoreOil #ClimateEmergency
— Greenpeace NZ (@GreenpeaceNZ) June 19, 2019
— Greenpeace Canada (@GreenpeaceCA) June 18, 2019
“Everyone knows that our responses to climate change must be speeded up. While personal change is admirable, it is slow. The situation now demands very rapid, mostly technological, top-down changes,” writes Peter Harper #ClimateEmergency https://t.co/UvQeKYgZwT
— TimesHigherEducation (@timeshighered) June 15, 2019
This is now.
The planetary emergency is here, today. https://t.co/7Hm4tyZx64
— Alex Steffen (@AlexSteffen) June 8, 2019
“A UN expert has warned of a possible "climate apartheid", where the rich pay to escape from hunger, "while the rest of the world is left to suffer".
— Andrew Laird (@ReclaimAnglesea) June 25, 2019
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These are just some of the letters written by school children in Surrey who will face the consequences of #climatebreakdown The letters were presented to Surrey County Council’s pension committee urging them to divest the pension fund from fossil fuels. Shockingly the council failed to act and we need your help to keep up the pressure #dorking #extinctionrebellion #surrey
Rising methane may thwart efforts to avoid catastrophic #climatechange #Auspol #Qldpol #ClimateEmergency #ClimateStrike #GreenNewDeal #ExtinctionRebellion #StopAdani https://t.co/d5JNHoAEqQ @AlboMP @AnnastaciaMP @LeeanneEnoch @Mark_Butler_MP @terrimbutler @AngusTaylorMP pic.twitter.com/Lea223PTW8
— John Pratt (@Jackthelad1947) June 18, 2019
→ Greek Travel Pages – 5 June 2019:
Greek Green Groups Calling on Parties to Declare ‘Climate Emergency’
“Dozens of local environmental groups are calling on the Greek government and political parties to take immediate action and move swiftly ahead with the implementation of measures against global warming and are demanding a “climate emergency” be declared.”
On 29 June, the news agencies Reuters and Ritzau distributed stories to various newspapers in Northern Europe, and India, about two Indian petitions:
→ SN.dk – 29 June 2019:
Close to 500,000 Indians require stronger climate policy
“Inspired by the Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old Indian has collected signatures.”
Up to 500,000 people in India have participated in petitions that require the Indian government to declare a climate emergency due to severe heat waves and lack of water.
Inspired by the Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old Indian, Aman Sharma, has taken the initiative for the action on the Internet at Change.org. He took the initiative in May after he had noticed that year by year, it has become warmer, more dry and more polluted. Over 183,000 had signed his petition on Friday.
“I started this campaign to put pressure on the government because if we are silent now, it will affect our survival in the future,” he said.
In Mumbai, another activist, Jatindra Sharma, has started a similar petition where he has received nearly 300,000 signatures. Jatindra Sharma is a popular Instagram influencer under the handle name Ted the Stoner.
His demands on the Ministry of the Environment include the fact that a faster green transition must take place and that India must live up to the Paris Agreement from 2015. The key purpose is to get the climate emergency in focus. Sharma’s action has been supported by several filmmakers – including actress Nathalie Kelley from the television series “Dynasty” as well as several other Bollywood celebrities.
→ Reuters – 29 June 2019:
Nearly half a million people urge Indian government to declare a ‘climate emergency’
→ Times of India – 29 June 2019:
Nearly half a million people urge govt to declare a ‘climate emergency’
→ Bold – 29 June 2019:
An Instagrammer Influencing Climate Change
→ The Guardian – 18 June 2019:
Ireland to unveil bold plan to tackle climate emergency
“Ireland has unveiled an ambitious plan to tackle the climate emergency by weaning the state, businesses, farms and households off fossil fuels. The government published a long-awaited report on Monday outlining more than 180 measures to curb the country’s greenhouse gas emissions and set a path for net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. It envisages a rise in carbon taxes, a multibillion-euro scheme to retro-fit houses, almost a million electric vehicles and a number of other measures to change behaviour by institutions, companies and individuals.”
→ TVNZ – 13 June 2019:
It’s time for NZ to declare a climate emergency, majority of Kiwis say in new poll
“Of those who were polled, 53 per cent answered yes, 39 per cent said no, and eight per cent did not know. Those who were more likely to agree that the Government should declare a climate change emergency were Green Party supporters, Pacific peoples, people aged 18-34, Labour Party supporters and Māori.”
→ Insurance Business NZ – 15 June 2019:
Climate emergency declared in Auckland
“Auckland City Council has become the latest to declare a climate emergency, joining Canterbury, Nelson, and Kāpiti Coast councils and other cities around the world that have formally recognised the urgency for climate change action.”
— Sian Berry (@sianberry) June 18, 2019
→ Wired UK – 19 June 2019:
The 10 facts that prove we’re in a climate emergency
“The UK has declared a climate emergency and not enough is being done about it. These are the climate change facts you need to know in 2019.”
Existential climate-related security risk
Media coverage generated by the release of the Breakthrough policy paper on climate, security and risk by Ian Dunlop and David Spratt:
→ The Independent:
‘High likelihood of human civilisation coming to end’ by 2050, report finds
→ Adelaide Advertiser:
Civilisation will be under threat by 2050 if we don’t tackle climate change, report warns
→ Pro Bono Australia:
Climate change: ‘A near-to-mid-term existential threat to human civilisation’
→ Climate News Network:
Thirty years to climate meltdown – or not?
Climate Change Alarmists Have a Point
Researcher: Humanity is at its end in 30 years (article in German language)
Shock forecast for the climate catastrophe (article in German language)