Clippings from the climate emergency news and social media streams in May 2019
— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) May 16, 2019
→ La Vanguardia – 14 May 2019:
The Catalan government makes an official declaration of “climatic and environmental emergency”
“The Catalan government promises a new strategy on renewable energy, although it does not set a date, so several sectors dismiss the declaration as “symbolic and weak”.”
Ontario: Ian Arthur
Today the NDP put forward motion to declare a climate emergency in Ontario. @fordnation voted it down.
— Ian Arthur (@YGKIanArthur) May 14, 2019
Five-minute video recording of an impassioned speech by Ontario environment critic Ian Arthur in a Climate Emergency debate. Ian Arthur and the New Democratic Party (NDP) had put forward a motion to declare a climate emergency in Ontario. Premier Doug Ford and the Ontario PC Party voted it down. “The motion did not pass, but the echo of these speeches will not fade anytime soon,” tweeted an Extinction Rebellion group.
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Today the provincial government of Ontario voted AGAINST the declaration of a Climate Emergency. On behalf of the people of Ontario, I am disappointed and disgusted by this motion. Climate Change is the BIGGEST issue facing our planet today, and its effects have already impacted the people of Ontario, in the form of extreme heat, floods and dangerous precipitation. There is no more time for childish behaviour and petty disputes. The Ford government is in need of a serious reality check and the young people of Ontario are more than willing to take to streets and show our government what needs to be done. We need to let the government know that they have made a grave mistake. Email or phone your MPP and tell them how you feel about their decision. Make them understand the gravity of the situation and persuade them to act on it. 🌎🚨 #fridaysforfuture #takeaction #climateemergency
→ DW – 29 April 2019:
Climate emergency trend gains traction in German-speaking countries
“Dozens of cities across the world have declared a climate emergency. Now, students behind the school climate strikes are bringing the movement to Switzerland and Germany. But what does that mean exactly?”
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→ The Guardian – 30 April 2019:
Two-thirds of Britons agree planet is in a climate emergency
“Greenpeace poll findings released alongside group’s ‘manifesto’ to slash emissions.”
We need a #GreenIndustrialRevolution to tackle climate change and transform towns across the UK that have been held back for decades.
But that won't happen by itself.
— Rebecca Long-Bailey (@RLong_Bailey) May 13, 2019
“The declaration ultimately represents a change in the “story” of the climate crisis, forging a newfound sense of urgency, according to Aidt: “If we don’t have a good story that gets everyone to come together around a common purpose and goal, we will fail to deal with the enormous challenge of transforming our societies to zero emissions and begin the task of carbon drawdown.” ”
~ Leah Dunlevy in Pacific Standard on 8 May 2019
→ Pacific Standard – 8 May 2019:
The U.K. Has Declared a Climate Emergency—but a New Report Advocates More Aggressive Action
“A new report pushes for zero carbon emissions by 2050, more electric vehicles, and retrofitting urban buildings.” By Leah Dunlevy
— Australian Parents for Climate Action (@ap4ca) May 8, 2019
Climate emergency declaration in Australian parliament
The federal Greens will push for Australia to declare a national “climate emergency”, following in the footsteps of the UK. With Britain’s parliament becoming the first in the world to make such a declaration, federal Greens leader Richard Di Natale says it’s time to do the same at home.
“We’ve put forward proposals to the parliament already. We’ll be doing that again when we return to the parliament,” he told AAP on 4 May 2019. “We’re calling on both the Liberal and the Labor party to support what the conservative party in the UK have now adopted.”
Senator Di Natale says the push isn’t a lost cause in Australia’s political environment because “the pressure (to act) is building and it’s building very fast. The major parties ignore the community at their own peril.”
→ SBS / AAP – 4 May 2019:
Greens urge climate emergency declaration
“The Greens will push the Australian parliament to declare a national “climate emergency” after the federal election, party leader Richard Di Natale says.”
If re-elected, Adam Bandt from the Greens promises to move the declaration of a climate emergency in the Australian parliament. The clip is from the conservative national newspaper The Australian. Excerpts:
• Greens MP Adam Bandt says he will move for the new parliament to declare a climate emergency in Australia. “It is time to act as if our house is on fire, because it is,” Bandt says.
• The progressive tide for global action is leaving Shorten far behind, let alone Morrison.
• Any Labor victory in the May 18 election (that) rejects the debate about modelling, costs and economic downsides in favour of the principle of urgent action to fight global warming… would crush the conservative side of the Coalition, with its ideology of climate change caution.
→ The Australian – 4 May 2019:
Shorten reinvents climate politics
By Paul Kelly
Climate emergency declaration in New South Wales parliament
Abigail Boyd: “My first notice of motion in parliament acknowledges the climate emergency and calls on the government to stop approving new thermal coal, oil and gas extraction. Let’s embrace our renewable energy future and create thousands of sustainable jobs in NSW.”
Abigail Boyd is the Greens MP in NSW Parliament. Before her election she was a corporate lawyer specialising in global banking regulation
Former environment minister and singer Peter Garrett urges Bill Shorten to declare climate emergency if Labor wins the #climateelection https://t.co/kN86UsEqcZ @billshortenmp #ClimateEmergencyDeclaration
— Mik Aidt (@mikaidt) May 9, 2019
Former minister calls for Labor to declare a climate emergency
“If we fail to act on climate chaos at this point in our history then Australians will be hostage to external and increasingly unpredictable events of an order of magnitude and seriousness of threat most reasonably compared to war.
I’m not comfortable with the military analogy but it is applicable for the simple fact that it is the closest example we have for an incoming government to reference. Climate chaos washes across borders, it is on a world scale. Our national interest is at stake, as is our relations with other nation states.”
~ Peter Garrett, former Australian environment minister, singer of Midnight Oil
“The former environment minister Peter Garrett has urged an incoming Labor government to convene a climate emergency summit to plot a transition to zero carbon, and create a super department aligned to Treasury, like the Department of Post War Reconstruction after the second world war, to implement the transition.”
~ Katharine Murphy, political editor, The Guardian Australia
→ The Guardian – 9 May 2019:
Peter Garrett urges Bill Shorten to declare climate emergency if Labor wins
“Exclusive: Former environment minister calls for creation of ‘war’ cabinet committee to plot transition to zero carbon.”
The methane #gas bomb — a climate emergency, writes DEA's Dr David Shearman. https://t.co/y7MghtaDRL @IndependentAus @im4empowerment @LockTheGate @FoEAustralia @AusConservation @simonahac #AusVotesHealth #AusVotes19
— Doctors for the Environment Australia (@DocsEnvAus) May 3, 2019
The Weekly with Charlie Pickering referring to the UK climate emergency declaration
It’s 2019. Can we all now please stop saying “climate change” and instead call it what it is: climate breakdown, climate crisis, climate emergency, ecological breakdown, ecological crisis and ecological emergency?#ClimateBreakdown #EcologicalBreakdown
— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) May 4, 2019