Below are the places in Japan that have declared a Climate Emergency (気候⾮常事態宣⾔). Click the “motion text” links to see details of the motions they passed.

25 September 2019, Iki City (壱岐市), Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan, population 28,008

Declared a Climate Emergency (気候⾮常事態宣⾔)
Article (includes declaration text in Japanese) is here.
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Declaration text in English:

Climate Emergency Declaration
In 2016, Japan, along with 175 other countries, confirmed the urgent need to address the threat of climate change. In response to climate change, the Paris Agreement was signed and aimed at “keeping the increase in global average temperature well below 2℃ above pre-industrial levels and to limit the increase of temperature to 1.5℃.”

The global average temperature has already risen by 1℃ in comparison to pre-industrial levels. From this, there has been an incessant increase in extreme weather fluctuations worldwide, which include heat waves, forest fires, floods, sea level rises, and droughts, among other extreme weather patterns. Many people, wildlife, and the natural world are becoming victims of climate change. Given the current situation, it has become increasingly difficult to live a peaceful and safe life.

Across Japan, heat waves, typhoons, severe rain fall, and flooding, among other climate
disasters, are causing tragic injuries and losses. Severe rain fall disasters and water shortages, among other abnormal weather patterns, have also been occurring in Iki City. The decrease of seaweed beds have likewise taken a serious toll on Iki City’s key fishing industry.

Iki City recognizes the considerable threat that climate change-induced global warming poses to human societies and the natural world, and hereby declares a state of climate emergency. In order to limit the increase of temperature to 1.5℃, CO2 emissions must effectively reach zero by 2050. To realistically move towards decarbonization, all of Japanese society is engaging in next steps to realize decarbonization. These actions comprise what a SDGs future city is. Through the achievement of the SDGs, new growth and developments will be possible.

1. Iki City is proactively engaging and striving to promote wide-spread public awareness of the current climate change emergency situation. Additionally, Iki City is encouraging family, societal, and business practices to align with energy conservation. These include proactive engagement with the reduction of garbage emissions, increase in reusable materials, thorough enforcement of recycling procedures, and promotion of refusing products that encourage further generation of garbage. When it comes to plastic garbage, which is the cause of oceanic pollution, the 4Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Refuse) are thoroughly enforced.

2. By 2050, all of Iki City’s energy sources will move away from fossil fuels and completely convert to renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power. To this end, Iki City is accelerating its initiative to cooperate with private businesses across the island.

3. Following reasonable management of forests, the reduction of greenhouse gases is being pursued while realizing a favorable natural balance between forests, rivers, ocean, and undeveloped woodland near populated areas.
4. Iki City will contact other Japanese government and local government officials for cooperation with this “Climate Emergency Declaration.”

4 October 2019, Kamakura City Council (鎌倉市), Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, population 174,314

Declared a Climate Emergency (気候非常事態宣言)
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Declaration record is here.

気候非常事態宣言に関する決議
人類の活動を主な要因とする気候変動によって地球環境は劣化し、もはや持続可能とは言えず、我々の生活も脅かされている状態である。近年の異常気象による災害、熱中症・感染症の増加、農作物・生態系の変化などの実態を見れば、そのことを否定することは難しい。
温室効果ガス排出量は増加の一途をたどり、2018年の二酸化炭素(CO2)排出量は、過去最高の約331億トンに達したことが、国際エネルギー機関(IEA)の報告書で明らかになった。
また、国連の気候変動に関する政府間パネル(IPCC)第5次評価報告書によれば、今世紀末の世界平均気温の変化は0.3~4.8度の範囲、平均海面水位の上昇は0.26~0.82メートルの範囲となる可能性が高く、地球に長期的な変化を及ぼしかねない危機的状況にあると言える。
このような状況の中、オーストラリア南東部の自治体デアビン市が2016年12月に初めて宣言してから、世界の地方自治体が「気候非常事態」を宣言し、包括的な行動計画を立案、実施する動きが燎原の火のごとく広がっている。
日本の自治体もこの動きに呼応するべきであると考え、本市議会は鎌倉市がSDGs未来都市として、下記のような国際基準を踏まえた「気候非常事態宣言」を行うよう求める。
1「気候危機」が迫っている実態を全力で市民に周知する。
2温室効果ガスのゼロエミッションを達成することを目標とする。
3気候変動の「緩和」と「適応」、「エシカル消費」の推進策を立案、実施する。
4各行政機関・関係諸団体等と連携した取り組みを市民とともに広げる。
以上、決議する。
令和元年(2019年)10月4日

4 December 2019, Hakuba Village Council (白馬村), Nagano, Japan, population 9,007

Declared a Climate Emergency (気候非常事態宣言)
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Declaration text is here.
Excerpt:

1 「気候非常事態宣言」により、村民ともに白馬村から積極的に気候変動の危機に向き合い、他自治体の取り組む模範となります。
2 2050 年における再生可能エネルギー自給率100%を目指します。
3 森林の適正な管理による温室効果ガスの排出抑制に取り組むこと等により、良質な自然循環を守ります。
4 四季を肌で感じることができるライフサイクルや、四季を通じたアクティビティの価値観を、村民一人ひとりが大切にします。
5 世界水準のスノーリゾートを目指すために、白馬の良質な「パウダースノー」を守ります。
令和元年(2019年)12月4日 白馬村長 下 川 正 剛