Climate emergency declarations in 558 councils cover 65 million citizens

Populations covered by local governments that have declared a climate emergency: 65 million citizens in 13 countries, with 29 million of these living in the United Kingdom, meaning more than 40 per cent of the UK population. At national level, the Welsh Government, the First Minister of Scotland, and the Irish government have made climate Read more about Climate emergency declarations in 558 councils cover 65 million citizens[…]

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[…]

USA: San Francisco officially declares a climate emergency

On 26 February 2019, San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors approved a resolution to declare a climate emergency, following the lead of other Bay Area cities like Berkeley, Hayward, Richmond and Oakland. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors is the legislative body within the government of the City and County of San Francisco in California, USA, Read more about USA: San Francisco officially declares a climate emergency[…]

USA: City of Oakland declares a climate emergency

On 30 October 2018, the City of Oakland in California passed a “Resolution Endorsing the Declaration of a Climate Emergency and Requesting Regional Collaboration on an Immediate Just Transition and Emergency Mobilization Effort to Restore a Safe Climate.” Oakland follows in the footsteps of Berkeley and Richmond, becoming the third California city to declare a Read more about USA: City of Oakland declares a climate emergency[…]

USA: Democrats pass new resolution on climate emergency

On 25 August 2018, the Democratic National Committee passed a climate emergency resolution which is a reassertion of a 2016 DNC platform amendment, calling for climate mobilisation. The resolution expresses “the sense of the DNC that climate change poses an urgent and severe threat to our national security” found that: “…in light of the catastrophic Read more about USA: Democrats pass new resolution on climate emergency[…]

USA: City of Richmond declares a climate emergency

In July 2018, the Council of the City of Richmond in California followed City of Berkeley, Montgomery County in Maryland, Hoboken City Council in New Jersey and the Los Angeles City Council and declared a climate emergency: “The City of Richmond calls for an emergency mobilization effort to end citywide greenhouse gas emissions, educate residents about Read more about USA: City of Richmond declares a climate emergency[…]

USA: Montgomery Council approves climate emergency resolution

“In 17 years from now, our community will be powered 100 percent by clean, non-polluting and climate-safe energy.” Montgomery County Council in Maryland, USA, that it has declared a climate emergency and intend to dramatically cut greenhouse emissions in the coming years. Under a resolution approved by the council, Maryland’s most populous jurisdiction now aims Read more about USA: Montgomery Council approves climate emergency resolution[…]

Michael Hoexter: Movement from soft denial to an emergency position

Building a road out of soft climate denial: “The effective fight against climate change requires a new understanding of the connections between macro-scale policy and our micro-scale subjective experience,” writes Michael Hoexter, PhD, in an essay published by New Economic Perspectives on 6 September 2016, ‘Living in the Web of Soft Climate Denial’. He describes Read more about Michael Hoexter: Movement from soft denial to an emergency position[…]

Bill McKibben: Our only hope is to mobilize like we did in WWII

2019 update American author Bill McKibben writes: “We’re under attack from climate change — and our only hope is to mobilize like we did in WWII.” With a cover story in The New Republic, Bill McKibben made his most forceful statement on the climate crisis yet: “It’s not that global warming is like a world Read more about Bill McKibben: Our only hope is to mobilize like we did in WWII[…]

Russell Greene: US Democratic Party platform recognises the climate emergency

In Orlando, USA, on 9 July 2016, the platform committee of the Democratic Party added language into their platform acknowledging the official position of the Democratic Party to be that we are in a global climate emergency. Russell Greene wrote: The platform acknowledges the scale of the threat to be so large that it will Read more about Russell Greene: US Democratic Party platform recognises the climate emergency[…]