CED regions in Australia

Below are the local council regions in Australia that have declared a Climate Emergency, in chronological order. Click the “more” links to see details of the motions they passed.

5 December 2016, Darebin City Council, Victoria, Australia, population 158,745

First local council to declare a Climate Emergency. It did so in response to climate emergency campaigners in Darebin asking all Darebin local council candidates to sign a Climate Emergency Declaration statement of support as part of a Climate Emergency Declaration campaign started in April 2016 by campaigners from cedamia and other Australian climate emergency groups.


PROGRESS SO FAR:
Listen to the March 22 2019 interview with Darebin Mayor Susan Rennie and Tiffany Harrison on Darebin Council progress so far.

Download the Climate Emergency Darebin Strategic Plan.
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THE MOTION WAS PUT AND CARRIED AND BECAME THE COUNCIL RESOLUTION AS
FOLLOWS:

Council Resolution
MOVED: Cr. T. McCarthy
SECONDED: Cr. S. Amir
That:
(1) Council recognises that we are in a state of climate emergency that requires urgent
action by all levels of government, including by local councils.
(2) Council establishes an Energy and Environment Working Group to further develop
Council proposals for a Darebin Energy Foundation and a Darebin Nature Trust, as
proposed by four elected Councillors during the recent Council elections. The Working
Group will comprise the Mayor and all Councillors who wish to participate and will be
supported by relevant Council officers. The Working Group will meet on a regular basis
over coming months to develop proposals for Council’s consideration at a meeting in
February 2017.
CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY

Action Plan


On May 29, 2017, Darebin Council made their new Climate Emergency Plan available for public consultation. Then, in August, the plan was officially adopted.


Download the full text or a Summary of the Darebin Climate Emergency Plan.

7 February 2017, Yarra City Council, Victoria, Australia, population 95,981

Second Australian local council to declare a Climate Emergency. It did so in response to various Australian campaign groups asking all Yarra local council candidates to sign a Climate Emergency Declaration statement of support.

PROGRESS SO FAR:
March 2019, Yarra organised a community solar bulk-buy scheme as part of their response to the global climate emergency.
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The resolution:

COUNCIL RESOLUTION
Moved: Councillor McEvoy Seconded: Councillor Coleman
1. Council notes this Delegates Report.
2. Council recognises that we are in a state of climate emergency that requires
urgent action by all levels of government, including by local councils.
3. Council recognises that the technology, expertise and capacity exists for
humans to mitigate and adapt to this global challenge, but that collaboration
and action is essential.
4. Council resolves to renew our commitment to collaborate with other Councils
and Governing bodies through forums such as NAGA in order to take collective
action to reduce the carbon emissions of our municipalities.
5. That Council Officers indicate to NAGA by February 28 options available at
Yarra City Council regarding hosting NAGA, detailing the in-kind support that
Yarra can provide and the associated costs for NAGA, including (but not limited
to):
(a) basic rental of office space only (e.g. former Richmond Police Station);
and
(b) fully supported office space hosted within Council offices (e.g. at 345
Bridge Road).
CARRIED

See the minutes of the meeting.

12 May 2017, Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) state council

A motion recognising the Climate Emergency, proposed by a Darebin Councillor, was passed by the state council for local councils in Victoria (MAV) with a 77% majority.
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Motion 56. Climate Change

Submitting Council: Darebin City Council

Motion:

That the MAV recognise that:

(a) we are in a state of climate emergency that requires urgent action by all levels of government, including local councils

(b) human induced climate change stands in the first rank of threats to humans, civilisation and other species

(c) it is still possible to restore a safe climate and prevent most of the anticipated long-term climate impacts – but only if societies across the world adopt an emergency mode of action that can enable the restructuring of the physical economy at the necessary scale and speed;

(d) the MAV has a particular role in assisting local governments in this regard.

Full resolutions of the state council meeting can be downloaded here.

4 April 2018, Vincent City Council, Western Australia, population 35,768

The third Australian local council and the first in Western Australia to declare a climate emergency largely as a result of work by Council Action in the Climate Emergency (CACE).
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The resolution:

Council Decision Item 14.1

Moved: Cr Loden, Seconded: Cr Gontaszewski

That Council:

1. AFFIRMS its support for addressing climate change within the City of Vincent;

2. ENDORSES the position expressed in the Western Australian Local Government Association’s Draft Climate Change Policy Statement that there is a climate emergency which requires urgent action by all levels of government to avoid an unacceptable burden on future generations;

3. REQUESTS that the Draft Sustainable Environment Strategy be presented to Council for advertising by March 2019 to support decision making in the 2019/20 Budget and Corporate Business Plan;

4. REQUESTS that the Sustainable Environment Strategy include the following measures:

4.1. Set a target of zero net carbon emissions by a defined date;

4.2. Set a target of zero net carbon emissions from stationary energy by a defined date;

4.3. Include plans to support the uptake by the community of electric vehicles and other technology that can achieve zero emissions vehicles within the City of Vincent;

4.4. Include plans for the City to create an electric vehicle fleet or other technology that can achieve zero emissions as part of forward purchasing practice; and

5. REQUESTS that administration give consideration to the carbon emissions which result from the management of waste as part of the current Waste Management Strategy.

carried (8-1)

For: Presiding Member Mayor Cole, Cr Gontaszewski, Cr Castle, Cr Fotakis, Cr Hallett, Cr Loden, Cr Murphy and Cr Topelberg

Against: Cr Harley

See minutes of the meeting.

4 July 2018, Western Australia Local Government Association (WALGA) State Council

The association of local councils in Western Australia (WALGA) endorsed a policy statement to address the Climate Emergency.
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The meeting established the following policy positions:

Local Government acknowledges:
I. The science is clear: climate change is occurring and greenhouse gas emissions from human activities are the dominant cause.
II. Climate change threatens human societies and the Earth’s ecosystems.
III. Urgent action is required to reduce emissions, and to adapt to the impacts from climate change that are now unavoidable.
IV. A failure to adequately address this climate change emergency places an unacceptable burden on future generations.
Local Government is committed to addressing climate change. Local Government is calling for:
I. Strong climate change action, leadership and coordination at all levels of government.
II. Effective and adequately funded Commonwealth and State Government climate change policies and programs.

The full text of the minutes is here.

14 August 2018, Town of Victoria Park, Western Australia, population 34,990

The second Western Australian council to declare a climate emergency, thanks to work by CACE in conjunction with local Councillors.
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The resolution:

That Council:
1. Recognises that there is a state of climate emergency that needs to be handled by all levels of government
2. Endorses WALGA’s Policy Statement on Climate Change, as included in Appendix 18.1
3. Requests that the Administration create an action plan, in line with WALGA’s Policy Statement on Climate Change, and report back to the Future Planning Committee by December 2018.

See the minutes of the meeting.

12 September 2018, Moreland City Council, Victoria, Australia, population 162,558

The third Victorian local council to declare a climate emergency.

PROGRESS SO FAR:
15 March 2019, adopted a mode share shift to sustainable transport.
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The resolution:

NOM40/18 CLIMATE EMERGENCY (D18/323701)
Cr Martin’s Motion:
That:
1. Council acknowledges we are in a state of climate emergency that requires urgent action by all levels of government, including local Councils.
2. Councillors receive a briefing from officers on how to best act on the ‘climate emergency’ acknowledgement and ensure this is embedded into future strategies and the next council action plan.
3. Council updates the Zero Carbon Evolution 2040 framework to embed the ‘climate emergency’ acknowledgement.
Resolution
Cr Martin moved, Cr Yildiz seconded –
That:
1. Council acknowledges we are in a state of climate emergency that requires urgent action by all levels of government, including local Councils.
2. Councillors receive a briefing from officers on how to best act on the ‘climate emergency’ acknowledgement and ensure this is embedded into future strategies and the next council action plan.
3. Council updates the Zero Carbon Evolution 2040 framework to embed the ‘climate emergency’ acknowledgement.
Cr Tapinos moved that the motion be amended to include an additional point as follows:
4. Amends the Municipal Emergency Management Plan to include this statement.
The amendment lapsed for want of a seconder
The substantive motion was carried unanimously

See minutes of the meeting.

18 October 2018, Byron Shire Council, NSW, Australia, population 33,987

First NSW local council to declare a climate emergency.
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Resolution text:

1. That Council:
a) notes the latest report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC);
b) notes the Federal government’s latest emissions data showing we are increasing, not reducing our carbon emissions;
c) declares that we are in a state of climate emergency that requires urgent action by all levels of government, including by local councils, and
d) acknowledges that Byron Shire is likely to be substantially affected by climate impacts, particularly sea level rise, bushfires, drought and floods.

2. That the recommendation be added to the Agenda of the upcoming Sustainable Emission Reduction Advisory Committee meeting for their input to convene a community-led Climate Emergency Guidance Group that provides a report as to how Council may assist;

3. That the Guidance Group develops a Shire-wide Community Climate Emergency Plan to further enhance resilience and reduce climate impacts in a timeframe that is as fast as practicably possible;

4. That Council, calls upon the State and Federal Governments to:
a) declare a climate emergency, and
b) to back this up with legislated programs to drive emergency action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and meet the lower of the Paris Agreements at 1.5 [degrees]

5. That Council writes to the Member for Ballina, Tamara Smith, the Parliamentary Secretary for Northern NSW, Ben Franklin, the Member for Richmond, Justine Elliot, the NSW Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton and the Federal Environment Minister Melissa Price, advising them of Council’s resolution and urges them to acknowledge a climate emergency and to act with urgency to address the crisis.

6. That Council encourages neighbouring Local Government Areas to join with us by declaring a climate emergency, developing their own Climate Emergency Plans and advocating to State and Federal governments as per point (5).

See minutes of the meeting.

21 November 2018, City of Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, population 101,686

The fourth Victorian local council to pass a Climate Emergency Declaration.
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The resolution:

That Council
1. Notes the recent October 2018 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
(IPCC) report on climate change.
2. Notes the successful motion to the Municipal Association Victoria (MAV) May
2017 to recognise that we are in a state of ‘climate emergency’ that requires
urgent action by all levels of government, including local councils.
3. Acknowledges the ‘climate emergency’ and the need for urgent action by all
levels of government, including local councils.
4. Acknowledge the need for priority resourcing of the carbon neutral and 100%
renewables action plan and prioritisation of initiatives that move us towards
carbon neutrality and 100% renewables.
5. Councillors receive a briefing from officers on how to best act on this ‘climate
emergency’ acknowledgment and ensure that this is embedded into the ‘carbon neutrality and 100% renewables action plan’, council plan review and future strategies.

Moved: Cr Belinda Coates
Seconded: Cr Daniel Moloney
CARRIED (R335/18)

See the full minutes of the meeting.

22 January 2019, Gawler Town Council, South Australia, population 26,472

The first South Australian local council and the 8th in Australia to declare a Climate Emergency.
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The motion that was passed with 5 votes for and 4 against.

That Council:
a) notes the October 2018 Special Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC);
b) notes the Federal government’s latest emissions data showing we are increasing, not reducing our carbon emissions;
c) notes the recent data published by 202020 Vision Plan ‘Australia’s Suburbs Most Vulnerable To Extreme Heat’ and by the Australia Institute report ‘Heat Watch: Extreme Heat In Adelaide’, both reported in recent editions of the Advertiser, that Gawler is rated as one of Australia ‘hot spots’ for urban Heat Islands; that South Australia will be subject to the worsening effects of climate change due to global warming; and that Adelaide has the highest level of heat related mortality in the nation.
d) acknowledges that the Gawler Council Area is likely to be adversely affected by climate impacts, such as heat waves, bushfires, drought and floods according to local data and that provided by numerous reports and agencies such as BOM, CSIRO, Australia Institute and 202020.
e) declare that we are facing a ‘Climate Emergency’ and that urgent action is required by all levels of government.
f) joins the growing number of councils in Australia and worldwide who are declaring/acknowledging that we face a Climate Emergency and who are both accelerating and giving priority to policy and actions that will provide for both mitigation and adaptation in response to accelerating global warming and climate change.
g) develops a Climate Emergency Action Plan and Community Climate Emergency Plan to further enhance resilience and reduce climate impacts in a timeframe that is as fast as practicably possible. This should include councils emergency response to extreme weather events, particularly heat waves, that includes providing safe shelter refuges for the most vulnerable in our community such as the homeless, and checking of the well-being of the aged and the infirmed. The foundation of such a Plan(s) is to include community consultation.
h) Seeks that a report on this matter be presented to the March Council meeting outlining a work program, timeframe and budget (as required) for further consideration.

19 February 2019, Maribyrnong City Council, Victoria, Australia, population 82,288

First council in Melbourne’s west and the 5th in Victoria to declare a Climate Emergency.
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Full minutes are here. The motion that was passed:

That Council:
1. Note the results of 2017/18 Zero Carbon Maribyrnong Disclosure Statement.
2. Request that the Chief Executive Officer investigate an alternative way of achieving Zero Carbon and provide an updated report to Council.
3. Acknowledges we are in a state of climate emergency that requires urgent action by all levels of government, including local Councils.
4. Receives a briefing and report on how to best act on the ‘climate emergency’.

25 February 2019, Upper Hunter Shire Council, NSW, Australia, population 14,112

The 10th council in Australia and the 2nd in NSW. Council recognised that we are in a Climate Emergency which requires urgent action by all levels of government including local councils.
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Minutes of the meeting can be seen here.

NOTICE OF MOTION The following Notice of Motion was received from Cr Abbott:
That Upper Hunter Shire Council recognise that we are in a state of climate emergency which requires urgent action by all levels of government including local councils.

With the failure of state and federal governments to respond effectively to global warming, councils across Australia (and the world) are now playing a leading role in responding to global warming by setting safe climate goals and targets, by implementing local sustainable programmes, by advocating to state and federal governments, and by encouraging other councils to do the same. As local councillors we have a great opportunity to play a key role in building a state and then a national response to global warming.

26 February 2019, Blue Mountains City Council, NSW, Australia, population 76,904

Third council in NSW and 11th in Australia to declare a Climate Emergency. The motion passed 9 to 3 with the Mayor leaving the Chair to speak strongly in favour.
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Notice of Motion by Councillor Hoare:

1. That the Council recognises that;
• We are in a state of climate emergency that requires urgent action by all levels of
government, including local councils;
• Human induced climate change stands in the first rank of threats to humans,
civilisation and other species;
• It is still possible to restore a safe climate and prevent most of the anticipated long-
term climate impacts – but only if societies across the world adopt an emergency
mode of action that can enable the restructuring of the physical economy at the
necessary scale and speed; and
2. That the Council calls for a briefing on how our Community Strategic Plan addresses the
climate emergency, and outlines the options available to Council to operationalise this
declaration during the life of the Community Strategic Plan

12 March 2019, Hawkesbury City Council, NSW, Australia, population 64,592

Fourth council in NSW and the 12th in Australia to declare a Climate Emergency. Passed almost unanimously.
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The full motion was:

That Council:
1. Recognises that we are in a state of climate emergency that requires urgent action by all levels of government, that human induced climate change represents one of the greatest threats to humanity, civilisation, and other species and that it is still possible to prevent the most catastrophic outcomes if, and only if, societies take emergency action.

2. Participates in a Climate Emergency Workshop to examine how our Community Strategic Plan,
works program and planning documents can address the climate emergency, and which results in
an outline of options available to Council to operationalise this emergency declaration.

26 March 2019, Light Regional Council, South Australia, population 14,736

Passed a motion declaring a Climate Emergency with the Mayor’s casting vote getting it over the line.
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The full motion:

14.3.2 Climate Emergency – Notice of Motion by Cr Simon Zeller, Mudla Wirra Ward
That Council:
1.Acknowledges we are in a state of climate emergency that requires urgent action by all levels of government, including local Councils.
2.Declares a climate emergency and in doing so accepts that the containment of climate change and its serious social and economic implications is a duty of utmost priority.
3.Factors in the impact on the climate in all its dealings and will, whenever possible, attend to those issues as a matter of priority, which do have the potential to mitigate climate change and its implications.
4.Orients itself in all future actions to combat climate change on the reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
5.Establishes a working group to develop a broadly based response to this emergency

26 March 2019, Adelaide Hills Council, South Australia, population 38,863

Unanimously passed a motion declaring a Climate Emergency.
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The full motion:

MOTIONS ON NOTICE11.1.Climate Emergency
That Council: 1.Notes the October 2018 report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change;
2.Notes the Federal government’s latest greenhouse gas emissions data shows Australia’s total greenhouse gas emissions have increased compared to 2012, not decreased;
3.Recognises we are in a state of climate emergency that requires urgent action by all levels of government, including by local councils;
4.Reaffirms its commitment to both mitigating against and adapting to the adverse impacts of climate change within the Adelaide Hills Council;
5.Commits to finalising the Carbon Management Plan by December 2019 and that it includes a target of 100% renewable energy for the Adelaide Hills Council (as an Organisation) by a defined date;
6.Requests the CEO write to State and Federal Members of Parliament which represent the Adelaide Hills Council region, advising them of Council’s resolution and request they also act with urgency to address climate change.

27 March 2019, Bellingen Shire Council, NSW, Australia, population 12,668

Declared a Climate Emergency with great community support. The motion passed 4 to 2 with no amendments.
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The minutes of the meeting are here.

MOTION
1.Bellingen Shire Council declares that “we are in a state of climate emergency that requires urgent action by all levels of government, including by local councils” and that council:
a.Notes the latest report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) “Global Warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius”;
b.Notes the Federal Government’s latest emissions data showing we are increasing, not reducing our carbon emissions;
c.Acknowledges that Bellingen Shire is, and is likely to be further affected by climate impacts, particularly sea level rise, bushfires, severe storms, drought and floods,
d.Recognises we are in a state of emergency that requires urgent action by all levels of government, that human induced climate change represents one of the greatest threats to humanity, civilisation, and other species, and that it is still possible to prevent the most catastrophic outcomes if, and only if, societies take emergency action now.
e.Participates in a Climate Emergency workshop by the end of 2019 to examine how our community strategic plan, works program and planning documents can address the Climate emergency, and results in an outline of options available to council to operationalise this emergency declaration.

2. Calls upon the State and Federal Governments to:
a.Declare a climate emergency, and
b.To back this up with legislated programs to drive emergency action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and meet the lower of the Paris Agreements at 1.5 [degrees]

3.Writes to, the Member for Cowper, Member for Oxley, the Parliamentary Secretary for Northern NSW, the NSW Environment Minister and the Federal Environment Minister, advising them of Council’s resolution and urges them to acknowledge a climate emergency and to act with urgency to address the crisis.

4.Encourages neighbouring Local Government Areas to join with us by declaring a climate emergency, developing their own Climate Emergency Plans and advocating to State and Federal Governments as per point (2).

23 April 2019, Clarence Valley Council, NSW, Australia, population 51,647

Recognised the Climate Emergency following on from a Climate Change Advisory Committee report from June 2018.
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Minutes can be downloaded from the council website.
Text from the minutes:

AMENDMENT TO MOTION
Toms/Novak
That Council
1. Recognise that there is a climate emergency which requires actions by all levels of Government.
2. Acknowledge Council’s efforts to lowering its emission.
3. Include a title of subheading “Climate Change” in all reports.
4. Continue carrying out the items “of action” in the “100% Renewables” report.
5. Note the minutes of the Climate Change Advisory Committee dated 22 June 2018; and thank the committee for their ongoing input.
Voting recorded as follows:
For:
Novak, Baker, Toms, Ellem, Clancy, Simmons, Kingsley
Against:
Lysaught, Williamson
The Amendment to Motion was put and declared CARRIED. The amendment became the substantive motion.

30 April 2019, Randwick City Council, NSW, Australia, population 140,660

Declared a Climate Emergency after heated debate, with no amendments to the original motion by Clr Veitch and a great show of support from the local community.
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The motion is on p297 of the agenda here.
Media release is here.
The motion in full is:

Motion:That Randwick City Council:
1.Publicly acknowledges that we are in a state of climate emergency that requires urgent action by all levels of government; that human induced climate change represents one of the greatest threats to humanity, civilisation, and other species; and that it is still possible to prevent the most catastrophic outcomes if societies take emergency action, including local councils;
2.Bring back a report to council to examine how council plans, policies and works programs can address the climate emergency, and ensure this is embedded into future council strategic plans.

14 May 2019, Inner West Council, NSW, Australia, population 182,043

Declared a Climate Emergency unanimously after adding an amendment to specify action KPIs.
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The KPIs (performance indicators) added via the amendment were:

Council will now include performance indicators in our CEO’s performance agreement and the Inner West Council’s budget. These performance indicators will reflect Council’s commitment to:
* 100% divestment of Council’s investment portfolio from fossil fuels
* Achieving 100% carbon neutrality AND 100% renewable energy targets by 2025
* Making the Inner West a leader in renewable energy for our community by:
– Establishing the Office of Renewable Energy Innovation
– Expediting the retrofit of Council buildings with Solar PV
– Providing a brokerage service to help organisations looking to invest in community energy projects to identify potential partners with suitable roof space in the LGA
– Supporting the Solar Schools program for installation of solar PV on school rooftops across the LGA
– Sourcing Council’s daytime power load through a solar PPA, and establishing a second PPA to cover Council’s night time power load
– Replacing fluorescent street lighting with LED lighting
– Delivering a ‘zero waste’ strategy for Council and the LGA

The full agenda can be seen here.
The CED motion:

THAT Council:
1.Publicly acknowledges that we are in a state of climate emergency that requires urgent action by all levels of government; that human induced climate change represents one of the greatest threats to humanity, civilisation, and other species; and that it isstill possible to prevent the most catastrophic outcomes if societies take emergency action, including local councils;
2.Include references to this emergency in the CEO’s performance agreement and Council adjust his key performance indicators accordingly; and
3.Review the annual budget key performance indicators and policies over the course of the next twelve months to focus Council expenditure and revenue on this issue.

16 May 2019, ACT (Australian Capital Territory), Australia, population 422,478

The ACT Parliament passed a motion by Shane Rattenbury MLC to declare a Climate Emergency, making it the first state or territory government in Australia to do so.
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Full Hansard record from 16 May can be downloaded from the ACT Parliament website here.
See the portion of Hansard that records the content of the debate at CED part of Hansard 16 May.
The original motion:

MR RATTENBURY (Kurrajong) (4.01): I move:
That this Assembly:
(1) notes:
(a) globally, nationally and locally, human induced climate change is contributing to record breaking temperatures, extreme weather events, and a range of negative social, environmental and economic outcomes;
(b) ACT residents have just experienced the hottest January on record, and local temperature extremes will worsen as climate change progresses;
(c) Tasmania, Victoria and Queensland have recently been devastated by bushfires and North Queensland has recently suffered extreme flooding;
(d) global temperature rise must be limited to 1.5 degrees to minimise the risk of the worst impacts of climate change, a task the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says requires urgent and unprecedented action; and
(e) ACT and Australian residents want their elected representatives to take urgent and effective action to address climate change;
(2) acknowledges that we are in a state of climate emergency that requires urgent actions across all levels of Government; and
(3) condemns the Federal Government for its continued failure to enact effective climate change policy, and requests the Federal Government provide additional funding for States and Territories to deal with worsening climate change risks and impacts, such as bushfires and extreme weather.

During debate an amendment moved by MS ORR (Yerrabi) was added as follows:

Madam Deputy Speaker, I move:
Add:
“(4) notes the ACT Government’s efforts to make Canberra a more liveable and sustainable bush capital by, amongst other things:
(a) its national and international leadership on climate change;
(b) committing to zero net emissions by 2045; and
(c) powering Canberra by 100 percent renewable electricity by 2020.”.

The amendment was accepted and the motion as amended was passed in the affirmative.

Press release is here.

22 May 2019, Fremantle City Council, WA, Australia, population 28,893

Declared a Climate Emergency in response to a recommendation from the Fremantle Youth Network. Mayor Brad Pettitt proposed an amendment to the original motion and the amended motion was passed unanimously.
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Full minutes are on P11-12 here.

Moved: Mayor, Brad Pettitt Seconded: Cr Jon Strachan
Council:
1. Accept the Fremantle Youth Network’s letter to council and support the Networks concerns on the important issue of climate change in the City’s continuing advocacy.
2. Acknowledge the latest report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
3. Declare that we are in a state of climate and biodiversity emergency that requires urgent action by all levels of government, including by local councils.
4. Acknowledge that the City of Fremantle is likely to be substantially affected by climate impacts, particularly sea level rise, heat waves, drought and floods.
5. Call upon the State and Federal Governments to:
a. acknowledge that there is a climate and biodiversity emergency, and
b. back this up with legislated programs to drive emergency action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and meet the lower of the Paris Agreements at 1.5%.
6. Agree to continue to work with the Fremantle Youth Network in our continuing advocacy on this important issue.
7. In conjunction with the Fremantle Youth Network write to the Fremantle federal and state members and to relevant federal and state ministers advising them of council’s resolution and urge them to acknowledge a climate emergency and to act with urgency to address the crisis.
8. Seek feedback from the community on further actions it might take to give effect to the declaration and the results of this feedback to be subject to a further report at the next appropriate meeting of council.
Carried: 11/0

28 May 2019, Newcastle City Council, NSW, Australia, population: 164,104

Declared a Climate Emergency, but with the original motion by Clr. John Makenzie amended beyond recognition except for retaining the CED clause.
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Full minutes of the meeting (see Item 21) are here.
The declaration clause after amendment:

Recognises that there is a Global Climate Emergency and urgent need for real action on climate change

28 May 2019, Ryde City Council, NSW, Australia, population 127,446

Declared a Climate Emergency
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Minutes of meeting are here.
Excerpt:

RESOLUTION:(Moved by Councillors Gordon and Clifton)
(a)That Council publicly acknowledges that we are in a state of climate emergency that requires urgent action by all levels of government; that human induced climate change represents one of the greatest threats to humanity, civilisation and other species; and that it is still possible to prevent the most catastrophic outcomes if societies, including local councils, take emergency action.
(b)That a report be brought back to Council which examines how Council plans, policies and works programs can address the climate emergency, and ensure this is embedded into future Council strategic plans.

17 June 2019, Hobart City Council, Tasmania, Australia, population 206,097

Declared a Climate and Biodiversity Emergency, making it the first capital city council in Australia and the first local council in Tasmania to declare a Climate Emergency
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Motion:

Global Climate and Biodiversity Emergency
That the City of Hobart:
– Affirms its commitment to future generations in addressing catastrophic climate change and biodiversity loss through its on-going policies, strategies and leadership by supporting the declaration of a climate and biodiversity emergency.
– Writes to the State Premier and Prime Minister urging them and their Government to declare a climate and biodiversity emergency and to commit to implementing strong national policy, regulation, strategy and resources to secure the well-being of future generations of Australians and to secure the country’s indigenous habitat, ecosystems and ecosystem services on which we all depend and to address the catastrophic causes pushing 1000s of Australian mammal, marine, plant and insect species towards extinction. The council’s actions to date be included in the correspondence
– Submit urgency motions to the Local Government Association of Tasmanian and the Australian Local Government Association to declare a national climate and biodiversity emergency.
– Include acknowledgement of the declaration of a climate and biodiversity emergency in the Council’s new Strategic Plan.

24 June 2019, Sydney City Council, NSW, Australia, population 208,374

Second capital city council and 24th jurisdiction in Australia to declare a Climate Emergency via motion proposed by Lord Mayor Clover Moore
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The full motion text is here.
Excerpt:

It is resolved that:
(A)Council declare that climate change poses a serious risk to the people of Sydney, and it should be treated as a national emergency;
(B)Council call on the Federal Government to respond to this emergency by:
(i)taking urgent action to meet the emissions reduction targets contained in the Paris Agreement by reintroducing a price on carbon; and
(ii)establishinga Just Transition Authority, with enough funding to ensure that Australians employed in the fossil fuel industries have viable and appropriate opportunities for alternateemployment;
(C)Council note that the City has an excellent record on reducing emissions, and preparing for the impacts of climate change;
(D)Council note that the City will be holding the C40 Women for Climate conference in April 2020, bringing together leadersfrom across the world to exchange ideas and work together on climate change solutions;
(E)Council note the importance of getting beyond the politics of fear, and the success of ‘2040’, an inspiring and refreshing documentary that explores what could be achieved by implementing technologies and other climate change solutions that already exist;(F)Council note that Alex Greenwich MP, Greg Piper MP and Joe McGirr MP have written to the Premier of NSW, asking her to protect coal communities from serious economic disruption as a result of an expected decline in the coal export market;
(G)the Chief Executive Officer be requested to note this emergency declaration and ensure the 2050 plan addresses the community’s desire for climate action; and
(H)the Chief Executive Officer be requested toinvestigatea screening of the documentary ‘2040’ at the Town Hall as part of the Sustainable Sydney 2050 consultation.

25 June 2019, Brimbank City Council, Victoria, Australia, population 194,319

Declared a Climate Emergency
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Motion:

That Council declares a Climate Emergency and receives for consideration at a
2019 Ordinary Meeting of Council, a Brimbank Climate Emergency Plan
delineating Council’s position statement on the climate emergency and the
actions that Council will take to help restore a safe climate.

8 July 2019, Wagga Wagga City Council, NSW, Australia, population 54,411

Declared a Climate Emergency
Councillor Post: https://www.facebook.com/councillorkeenan/photos/a.240422076586590/388359895126140/?type=3&theater
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Agenda Item Motion 1 is here.
Motion:

That Council:
a recognises that climate change poses a serious risk to the people of Wagga Wagga and it should be treated as a national emergency
b notes that Council has established a sustainable energy reserve and has commissioned the report Climate Change Risk and Adaption Action Plan that outlines the significant risks and associated impacts associated with climate change on Council’s assets
c commits to developing a Climate Emergency Plan in the 2019/2020 financial year and receive a report at the first meeting of Council in August from staff that includes the following:
i current activities already being undertaken to assist in addressing climate change impacts
ii the steps required to develop a climate emergency plan to guide the implementation of a climate emergency response within Council
iii how the Community Strategic Plan can be amended to prioritise a climate emergency response within the Plan
iv investigates the appointment of a Council Advisory Committee of climate emergency experts to assist with steps
v change management processes to educate Council staff about the climate emergency and develop a new approach to Council business to facilitate a climate emergency response
vi identify what existing policies and plans would require updating, as well the development of new policies and plans to address a climate emergency response
vii a public education and support building campaign in order to provide broad community awareness for the declaration and move into climate emergency mode
viii identifies necessary resources to enable the execution of steps

8 July 2019, Kingborough Council, Tasmania, Australia, population 35,853

Declared a Climate and Biodiversity Emergency
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Agenda Item P139 is here.
Motion:

That the Kingborough Council shall:
1.Recognise that we are in a state of climate and biodiversity emergency that requires urgent action by all levels of government, including local councils, and
2.Acknowledge that Kingborough Municipality is likely to be affected by climate impacts, including extreme weather events, wildfires and sea level rise;
3.Acknowledge the declaration of a climate and biodiversity emergency in the Council’s Strategic Plan and in the Annual Report.
4.Ensure that any strategic financial management and development decisions consider climate change and that this is noted in Council reports.
5.Write to the State Premier and Prime Minister including Kingborough Council’s climate action record to date and urge them and their Governments to:
a)declare a climate and biodiversity emergency and
b)back this up with legislated programs to drive emergency action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and meet the Paris Agreements and facilitate action on coastal management and climate change adaptation.

16 July 2019, Melbourne City Council, Victoria, Australia, population 135,959more...


Minutes of meeting are here.

1. That the Future Melbourne Committee:
1.1. Declares that climate change and mass species extinction pose serious risks to the people of Melbourne and Australia, and should be treated as an emergency.
1.2. Notes that the City of Melbourne, since 2003, has had a strong record of reducing emissions, restoring and conserving biodiversity, and preparing our community for the impacts of climate change.
1.3. Notes the continued success of the Melbourne Renewable Energy Project, a City of Melbourne led project, powering the City of Melbourne by 100 per cent renewable energy.
1.4. Notes the City of Melbourne support for the recently passed Motion at the Australian Local Government Association National General calling on the federal government to declare a climate emergency.
1.5. Notes the City of Melbourne’s endorsement of, and continued commitment to the following strategies: Climate Change Mitigation Strategy, Climate Change Adaptation Strategy, Waste and Resource Recovery Strategy, Nature in our City Strategy and Resilient Melbourne strategy.
1.6. Requests management provide a review to an upcoming Future Melbourne Committee meeting outlining how our current and planned actions to mitigate climate change, ensure our city is resilient and adapted to the effects of climate change, and to invest in restoration and conservation of biodiversity, align with the current global consensus of how cities should be responding to climate and biodiversity crises.
1.7. Notes that Council has endorsed a communications and advocacy campaign about our climate change mitigation and adaptation activities through a 2019/2020 Annual Plan initiative.
1.8. Asks the Lord Mayor to suggest the State Government and City of Melbourne host a Victorian Climate Week, like the recent Queensland Climate Week, to raise the urgent need to act with all Victorian communities and most affected stakeholders.
1.9. Acknowledges the action young people are taking across the world to raise the need to take urgent action on the dual crises of climate change and species extinction, and ask the CEO to invite youth representatives from Fridays for Future/Climate Strike/Extinction Rebellion to present their concerns on climate change and biodiversity loss at a future Councillor briefing session.
1.10. Notes that there will be a global day of action on 20 September 2019.

18 July 2019, Noosa Shire Council, Queensland, Australia, population 52,149

First local council in Queensland to declare a Climate Emergency
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Council press release and Mayor’ video clip are here. Minutes (P17) are here.

CLIMATE EMERGENCY DECLARATION
That Council note the report by the Director Environment and Sustainable Development, Carbon Reduction officer and Climate Change Adaptation Program Coordinator to the Planning & Environment Committee Meeting dated 9 July 2019,and
A.Endorse the following statement: “Council accepts the latest science on climate change provided in the October 2018 report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and acknowledges that the Noosa Shire is vulnerable to the impacts of climate change including heat waves, more intense storms and sea level rise all of which is likely to adversely affect the Noosa natural and human environment. Council therefore declares that we are in a ‘Climate Emergency” which requires urgent action by all levels of government”; and
B. Write to the Prime Minister, the State Premier, State and Federal Opposition Leaders, and State and Federal Members of Parliament representing the Noosa Shire region, advising of Council’s declaration and requesting they also act with urgency to address climate change through legislated programs and policy positions, to drive action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to keep global temperatures to a maximum increase of 1.5 degrees Celsius.