Strategies in Action

The Climate Emergency Declaration campaign began in Australia in April 2016 with the launch of this petition asking the federal government to declare. This was followed by a broader petition targeting all three levels of government. See the Archives for details of early initiatives.


As of 1 November 2022, 115 jurisdictions in Australia have passed Climate Emergency motions, including the governments of the ACT and South Australia, with the rest being local councils. See this datasheet for up to date figures and details. Motion texts can be seen here. If we’ve missed adding your jurisdiction to the datasheet and maps, please contact us.

State and territory CED and NMBI (nimby) campaigns

Of course we’d like to see other states follow the lead of the ACT and South Australia by declaring a Climate Emergency, and following up with the sort of major changes that are necessary.

The most obvious and first step that could be implemented by state and territory governments is to ban new climate-damaging projects, otherwise known as No More Bad Investments.

OR, state governments could sign the global Fossil Fuel Non-proliferation Treaty, like the ACT and the state of Hawaii have done, and implement measures accordingly.

Local government

Local governments are playing a crucial role in amplifying the urgent need for climate emergency action. There are tips on how to encourage local councils to declare a Climate Emergency here. When a council has developed their Climate Emergency Action Plan, we add a link to that in this datasheet. If we’ve missed adding your jurisdiction’s action plan, please contact us.

Live Australia electricity generation data

Thanks to Global Roam for the chart below. It shows how far we’ve come and how far we still need to go to decarbonise grid electricity in Australia. Hover your cursor over the chart to see current live figures.