Climate emergency trends in 2022

By Margaret Hender In this newsletter: New Climate Emergency declarations Local council Climate Emergency action reporting Country-specific trends VECO achievements Klimakrise declarations in Norway A new and worrying misuse of ‘climate emergency’ and a huge missed opportunity in the UK New Climate Emergency declarations The most recent Australian local council to declare a Climate Emergency Read more about Climate emergency trends in 2022[…]

Climate emergency declarations in 2,309 jurisdictions and local governments cover 1 billion citizens

2,309 jurisdictions in 40 countries have declared a climate emergency. Populations covered by jurisdictions that have declared a climate emergency amount to over 1 billion citizens. Over 61 million of these live in the United Kingdom. In Britain around 95 per cent of the population lives in areas where the local authorities – over 570 Read more about Climate emergency declarations in 2,309 jurisdictions and local governments cover 1 billion citizens[…]

Australia: What followed after declaring a climate emergency

A council declares a climate emergency – and then what? In a 45-minute podcast interview, Damien Williams, president of Zero Kingston 2030, tells the story about what happened in Kingston near Melbourne, home of 165,000 Australians, after the declaration. Kingston’s Climate and Ecological Emergency Response Plan was endorsed in July 2021 to guide urgent climate action, after Kingston Read more about Australia: What followed after declaring a climate emergency[…]

Victorian energy minister signs climate emergency declaration

In Australia in 2018, the Victorian Minister for Energy Lily D’Ambrosio, Labor, signed on to the climate emergency declaration mobilisation movement. Why would this be worth mentioning four years later? It could become significant because it is election time again in Victoria – Australia’s second largest state, where more than a quarter of all Australians Read more about Victorian energy minister signs climate emergency declaration[…]

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?[…]

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: Climate Emergency Response Plans awarded

At the Cities Power Partnership Awards ceremony on 17 November 2021, Morning Peninsula Shire took out top honours with the ‘Ambition Award’ for its Climate Emergency Plan, while the winner of the ‘Community Choice Award’ was Borough of Queenscliffe for its community-led climate emergency response plan. The Cities Power Partnership awards recognise councils demonstrating climate Read more about Australia: Climate Emergency Response Plans awarded[…]