United Kingdom: Kirklees Council passes climate emergency motion [VIDEO]

Kirklees Council voted on 16 January 2019 to declare a climate emergency after the largest four parties in the chamber had indicated they would support the motion. The council meeting was webcasted, and the 20-minute debate at the council meeting can be watched here: www.kirklees.public-i.tv The speeches start at 2:28:00. There is a row of Read more about United Kingdom: Kirklees Council passes climate emergency motion [VIDEO][…]

United Kingdom: Bradford District Council declares a climate emergency

0n 15 January 2019, Bradford District Council became the largest local authority in the UK – and second council in Yorkshire – to declare a climate emergency after a motion by two Green Party councillors was passed. Kirklees Council voted on a similar motion the following day. With a population of 534,300, Bradford is the Read more about United Kingdom: Bradford District Council declares a climate emergency[…]

Climate emergency declarations cover 17 million citizens

Populations covered by governments that have declared a climate emergency now exceed 17.5 million citizens in four English-speaking countries, with over 10 million of these living in the United Kingdom. These are the overall figures, according to population statistics available via the Internet: Australia: 7 councils, 623,715 persons United Kingdom: 13 councils, 1 authority: 10,541,382 Read more about Climate emergency declarations cover 17 million citizens[…]

United Kingdom: Scarborough Borough Council declares a climate emergency

As the 11th council in the United Kingdom, conservative-controlled Scarborough Borough Council has declared a climate emergency. A motion from the authority’s two Green Party Councillors, Councillor Mark Vesey and Councillor Dilys Cluer, was passed on 7 January 2019 by a meeting of the council. The motion asks Council to commit to making the borough Read more about United Kingdom: Scarborough Borough Council declares a climate emergency[…]

United Kingdom: Brighton declares its recognition of climate and biodiversity emergencies [VIDEO]

At the meeting of Brighton & Hove City Council on 13 December 2018, agenda item no. 55 was a Notice of Motion titled ‘Climate and Biodiversity Emergencies’, proposed by Councillor Ollie Sykes on behalf of the Green Group. The Councillors unanimously agreed to review the ways that it can deal with global climate change and Read more about United Kingdom: Brighton declares its recognition of climate and biodiversity emergencies [VIDEO][…]

United Kingdom: Did London just declare a climate emergency?

London’s mayor Sadiq Khan has reportedly “declared a climate emergency” and thereby put one of the world’s leading cities of more than eight million people “at the forefront of acknowledging the threat of climate change”. However, exactly how this ‘emergency declaration‘ will be speeding up the city’s action on carbon emissions has not been outlined Read more about United Kingdom: Did London just declare a climate emergency?[…]

United Kingdom: Two town councils declare climate emergency

On 4 December 2018, Totnes Town Council in United Kingdom supported Councillor Jacqi Hodgson’s motion to declare a climate emergency. The next day, Frome Town Council declared a climate emergency as well while pledging to make Frome carbon neutral by 2030. In 2016, Frome Town Council pledged to become a carbon neutral town by 2046, Read more about United Kingdom: Two town councils declare climate emergency[…]

United Kingdom: Bristol City Council declares a climate emergency

Another council has been added to the growing list of ‘climate emergency councils’ around the world, this time in Britain: On 13 November 2018, Bristol City Council became the first UK council to declare a climate emergency for the city. The motion was passed unanimously. Consequently, the city council set an ambitious goal of making Read more about United Kingdom: Bristol City Council declares a climate emergency[…]

United Kingdom: Civil disobedience call for emergency plan of action

Extinction Rebellion is a non-violent civil disobedience movement in the UK which demands of its government that it declares a climate emergency, communicates the crisis to the public and goes zero carbon by 2025. Extinction Rebellion calls on the UK government to reduce carbon emissions to establish a “citizens assembly” to devise an emergency plan Read more about United Kingdom: Civil disobedience call for emergency plan of action[…]

Winston Churchill: There is one bond which unites us all

“I stand at the head of a government representing all parties in the state. All creeds, all classes, every recognisable section of opinion … we are supported by a free parliament and a free press, but there is one bond which unites us all, and sustains us in the public regard, namely – as is Read more about Winston Churchill: There is one bond which unites us all[…]