Concept of ‘climate emergency’ enters mainstream of society

“Welcome to the climate emergency: you’re about 20 years late”, wrote Graham Readfearn in The Guardian in March 2016. However, he was ahead of his time. Three more years were to pass before something happened that had a great deal to do with a bright 16-year-old Swedish student. Future historians are more likely to be Read more about Concept of ‘climate emergency’ enters mainstream of society[…]

Climate emergency declarations in 392 councils cover 34 million citizens

Populations covered by governments that have declared a climate emergency now exceed 34 million citizens in four English-speaking countries and Switzerland, with 19 million of these living in the United Kingdom. These are the overall figures, according to population statistics available via the Internet: The list is maintained by cedamia Similar lists This data compilation Read more about Climate emergency declarations in 392 councils cover 34 million citizens[…]

United Kingdom: Oxford City Council unanimously backs climate emergency motion

On 28 January 2019, Oxford City Council unanimously backed a climate emergency motion. “We’ve just had a historic vote at Oxford City Council – we declared a climate emergency. It’s just the first step in a long journey to actually reduce our carbon emissions, so that means looking at every single policy, every single decision Read more about United Kingdom: Oxford City Council unanimously backs climate emergency motion[…]

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[…]

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[…]