CED regions in Switzerland

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

Thank you to the good people at Fossil Free Switzerland for help with supplying and verifying the information on this page.

20 February 2019, Basel-Stadt Canton & City Council, Switzerland, population 200,283

First continental European city to declare a Climate Emergency. See original text here.
motion text


Google translation of the resolution that was passed with a two-thirds majority:

• The Basel Council explains the climate emergency, recognizing the mitigation of climate change and its serious consequences as a task of the highest priority.

• The Basel Council will take into account the impact on the climate of any business and wherever possiblePrioritize transactions that mitigate climate change or its consequences.

• The Basel Council is guided by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports on future climate change mitigation , particularly in terms of investment in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

• The Basel Council demands that the government provide the canton’s population with comprehensive information on climate change, its causes and effects, and measures taken to combat climate change.

27 February 2019, Liestal, Basel-Landschaft, Switzerland, population 14,303

See news article here. See the declaration here.

19 March 2019, Vaud/Waadt Canton, Switzerland, population 793,129

The parliament of the French-speaking Vaud Canton passed a Climate Emergency Declaration motion with 110 in favour, 10 against, and 13 abstaining.
motion text


The full text (in French) is here.
Translation of the resolution, kindly provided by Fossil Free Switzerland

By this resolution,
– The Grand Council of the Canton of Vaud declares the climate emergency and recognises the need to mitigate the climate change and its serious consequences as one of the top priority tasks.
– The Grand Council of the Canton of Vaud will examine the impacts on the cimate of any object to be dealt with and affecting the climate and, as far as possible, will give priority to the treatment of objects that mitigate climate change or its consequences.
– The Grand Council of the Canton of Vaud will base its future measures to combat climate change on the reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), in particular with regard to investments aimed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
– The Grand Council of the Canton of Vaud invites the Council of State (= the Govenment) to contribute to providing detailed information to the population of the Canton on climate change, its causes and effects, as well as on the measures taken to combat it.

25 March 2019, Delémont City Council, Jura, Switzerland, population 13,629

Declared a Climate Emergency (Déclaration d’urgence climatique). Minutes (in French) are here.

28 March 2019, Olten Council, Solothurn, Switzerland, population 19,400

Declared a Climate Emergency on March 28, 2019.

28 March 2019, Jura Canton, Switzerland, population 73,400

Declared a Climate Emergency (Déclaration d’urgence climatique) on March 28, 2019.

3 May 2019, Yverdon-les-Bains Municipal Council, Vaud, Switzerland, population: 30,211

Declared a Climate Emergency (l’état d’urgence climatique)
motion text


The motion is here.

Motion
C’est pour ces raisons qu’avec cette motion, nous demandons que la Municipalité prenne rapidement les mesures suivantes :
1.La déclaration par la Municipalité de l’état d’urgence climatique, à l’instar de ce qui a été fait dans d’autres villes à travers le monde, comme Bâle, Liestal, Olten, Londres ou Vancouver et pour répondre à la demande des milliers de personnes qui se sont mobilisées ces derniers mois dans les rues de Suisse et ailleurs dans le monde.
2.Outre la portée symbolique de cette déclaration d’urgence, il y a lieu de doter notre ville rapidement d’un Plan climat communal. Un tel plan doit à la fois couvrir des mesures de réduction des émissions de gaz à effet de serre et des mesures holistiques d’adaptation aux effets des changements climatiques.
Afin que cet objet soit justement traité le plus rapidement possible, nous demandons le renvoi direct à la municipalité.

16 May 2019, Geneva City Council, Geneva, Switzerland, population 200,000

Declared a Climate Emergency. News article (in French) is here.

16 May 2019, Wil City Council, St. Gallen, Switzerland, population 24,000

Declared a Climate Emergency. News articles (in German) are here and here.

24 June 2019, Lucerne Canton, Switzerland, population 406,506

Declared a Climate Emergency (Klimanotstand). News article in German is here.

26 June 2019, Neuchâtel Canton, Switzerland, population 176,720

Declared a Climate Emergency (Etat d’urgence climatique). News article (in French) is here.

27 June 2019, Thun City Council, Bern, Switzerland, population 44,412

Declared a Climate Emergency (Klimanotstand). News article (in German) is here.

8 July 2019, Winterthur City Council, Zürich, Switzerland, population 111,840

Declared a Climate Emergency (klimanotstand). News article (in German) is here.