CED regions in USA

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

1 November 2017, Hoboken City Council, New Jersey, USA, population 55,131

First US local council to declare a Climate Emergency Mobilisation. After a year of work by members of the Climate Mobilization Hoboken, a resolution passed unanimously through the Hoboken City Council on November 1 calling for mobilization to city-wide carbon neutrality by 2027.
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The bipartisan resolution, co-sponsored by council members and mayoral candidates Ravinder Bhalla and Jennifer Giattino, concludes:

WHEREAS, Hoboken must be a leader in the fight to protect our country by embarking on a climate mobilization;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the City of Hoboken will officially endorse a citywide mobilization to attempt carbon-neutrality by 2027 and initiate an effort to reduce and remove greenhouse gas emissions.

See the pdf showing the full City of Hoboken resolution.

5 December 2017, Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, population 971,777

Thanks to the efforts of TCM organizers, the County Council of Montgomery County, Maryland unanimously passed a resolution declaring climate emergency – making it the first county in the US to do so.
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The resolution:

The Montgomery County Council calls upon the national Administration, the Congress,
the State, and other local governments to join Montgomery County, to use all available
powers and resources to:
1. declare a climate emergency and initiate a massive global mobilization to
restore a safe climate and build a sustainable economy;
and
2. transform the climate by reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2027 and reaching
100% elimination by 2035, and initiate large-scale efforts to remove excess carbon from the atmosphere.

See the full text of the Montgomery County resolution.

27 April 2018, Los Angeles City Council, California, USA, population 3,999,759

Los Angeles did not issue a climate emergency declaration as such, but have jumped straight to setting up a Climate Emergency Mobilization Department.
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In October 2017 Los Angeles City Council announced the formation of a Climate Justice Mobilization 2025 working group, its mission being to achieve a carbon-neutral Los Angeles by 2025. Then, in April 2018 it became the first US city to set up a Climate Emergency Mobilization Department to oversee a citywide mobilization on climate change, including interdepartmental, intergovernmental and citywide coordination. Per the motion, the mobilization will be directed under the banner of a “just transition”.

12 June 2018, City of Berkeley, California, USA, population 112,580

City of Berkeley ‘declares that we face an existential Climate Emergency’ and ‘endorses a just citywide emergency mobilisation effort’. It also established an Ad-Hoc Sub-Committee on the Climate Emergency Declaration.
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The Subcommittee is charged with the integration of prevention, mitigation and adaptation efforts in response to climate change across the City of Berkeley departments, programs and commission and to coordinate a regional Climate Emergency Mobilization Town Hall.

See the pdf showing the full text of the Berkeley Climate Emergency Declaration.

24 July 2018, City of Richmond, California, USA, population 103,701

The 5th region in the US to declare a climate emergency with one of the strongest declarations to date.
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Excerpt from the Richmond declaration:

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Council of the City of Richmond declares that we face a Climate Emergency that threatens our city, region, state, nation, civilization, humanity and the natural world; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the City of Richmond calls for a Regional Just Transition and Climate Emergency Mobilization Collaborative Effort, inviting all leaders, agencies, and organizations in our regional community to initiate a climate emergency mobilization effort to restore a safe climate; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the City of Richmond calls for an emergency mobilization effort to end citywide greenhouse gas emissions, educate residents about climate change, and work to advocate for a mass mobilization at the local, state, national, and global levels; and

See the pdf showing the full text of the Richmond USA declaration.

18 September 2018, Cupertino City Council, California, USA, population 60,777

Declared a Climate Emergency and called for an ’emergency mobilization effort’.
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Full motion in the meeting minutes here.

30 October 2018, City of Oakland, California, USA, population 390,724

The City of Oakland 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.”
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27 November 2018, City of Santa Cruz, California, USA, population 62,864

The seventh US local council and the fifth in California to declare a climate emergency, thanks to the efforts of Santa Cruz Climate Action Network.
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Extract from the resolution:

NOW BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED, the City of Santa Cruz declares that an existential climate emergency threatens our cities, towns, region, state, nation, civilization, humanity and the natural world.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the City of Santa Cruz commits to consider revising its existing policy, priorities, processes, and distribution of resources to enable emergency climate action measures in the City.

See the full Santa Cruz resolution.

15 January 2019, Hayward City Council, California, USA, population 158,937

The full minutes of the motion (Attachment II Resolution) can be downloaded here.
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Excerpt from the resolution text:

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council, the City of Hayward declares that a climate emergency threatens our city, region, state, nation, civilization, humanity and the natural world.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the City of Hayward commits to a citywide just transition and urgent climate mobilization effort to reverse global warming, which, with appropriate financial and regulatory assistance from the County of Alameda and State and Federal authorities, reduces citywide GHG emissions as quickly as possible towards zero net emissions, immediately initiates an effort to safely draw down carbon from the atmosphere, and accelerates adaptation and resilience strategies in preparation for intensifying climate impacts.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the City of Hayward commits to educating our residents about the climate emergency and working to catalyze a just transition and urgent climate mobilization effort at the local, state, national, and global levels to provide maximum protection for our residents as well as all the people and species of the world.
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23 January 2019, New Britain City Council, Connecticut, USA, population 72,710

The full resolutioni text is here.
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Motion excerpt:

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the City of New Britain declares that a climate emergency threatens our city, region, state, nation, civilization, humanity and the natural world: and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVEDthat the City of New Britain commits to a citywide just transition and climate emergency mobilization effort by creating a task force that will work to reverse global warming, which with appropriate financial and regulatory assistance from State and Federal authorities, end citywide greenhouse gas emissions as quickly as possible and no later than 2030, immediately initiates an effort to safely draw down carbon from the atmosphere, and accelerates adaption and resilience strategies in preparation for intensifying climate impacts; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVEDthat the City of New Britain and its task force commits to educating our residents about the climate emergency and working to catalyze a just transition and climate emergency mobilization effort at the local, state, national and global levels to provide maximum protection for our residents as well as all the people and species of the world; and
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29 January 2019, Santa Cruz County Council, California, USA, population 274,673

This declaration by the Santa Cruz County follows an earlier resolution by the Santa Cruz City Council.
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Full text of the resolution is here.
Very short excerpt from a long and detailed resolution:

RESOLUTION ENDORSING THE DECLARATION OF A CLIMATE EMERGENCY NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the County of Santa Cruz declares that an existential climate emergency threatens our cities, towns, region, state, nation, civilization, humanity and the natural world.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the County of Santa Cruz commits to consider revisions to its existing policy, priorities, processes, and distribution of resources to enable emergency climate action measures in the County.

28 February 2019, City of Chico, California, US, population 93,293

The Sustainability Task Force passed a resolution declaring a Climate Emergency.
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Full text of the motion is here.
Excerpt:

NOW BE IT RESOLVED: the City of Chico declares a Climate Emergency threatening our city,
region, state, nation, humanity, and the natural world; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: the City of Chico commits to update its Climate Action Plan
2020, to eliminate citywide greenhouse gas emissions as quickly as possible and no later than 2030, and accelerate adaptation and resilience strategies in preparation for intensifying climate impacts; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: the City of Chico commits to establish a staff supported Climate
Emergency Commission with a diverse and inclusive representation of residents; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: the City of Chico commits to a just transition, along with any
available financial assistance or grants from the Butte County, State, and Federal authorities, with a vision of a 100% reduction of citywide greenhouse gas emissions and to become 100% fossil-free as quickly as possible and no later than 2030; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: to effectuate this transition, the City of Chico commits to an
Implementation Plan, either embedded in or in conjunction with Climate Action Plan 2030; which specifies time-lines, benchmarks, and accountability with annual review; and
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5 March 2019, Davis City Council, California, USA, population 68,986

Declared that we face an existential Climate Emergency that threatens our city, region, state, nation, civilization, humanity and the natural world.
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Full motion is here.
Excerpt:

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council of City of Davis that we face an existential Climate Emergency that threatens our city, region, state, nation, civilization, humanity and the natural world; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the City of Davis commits to taking significant action to move toward
net municipal and community carbon neutrality in the short term, with maximum efforts to implement carbon reduction actions by 2030; and accelerate the existing 2050 Davis carbon neutrality goal to a 2040 target; and

6 March 2019, Fairfax Town Council, California, USA, population 7,598

Declared a Climate Emergency and committed to a town wide just transition and climate emergency mobilization effort.
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The full motion is here.

12 March 2019, Crystal Bay Township, Minnesota, USA, population: 607

Crystal Bay Township passed a resolution at its annual township-wide meeting March 12 to declare a climate emergency and call for efforts to restore a safe climate.
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Full text of the resolution is here.
Excerpt:

NOW BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED, the Crystal Bay Township declares that a climate emergency threatens our community, our region and the world;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Crystal Bay Township commits to a climate emergency mobilization effort to reverse global warming, and end greenhouse gas emissions as quickly as possible, immediately initiating efforts to safely draw down carbon from the atmosphere, and accelerates adaptation and resilience strategies in preparation for intensifying climate impacts to the best of our ability;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Crystal Bay Township commits to educating ourselves and others about the climate emergency and working to catalyze a just transition and climate emergency mobilization effort to provide maximum protection for our residents as well as all the people and species of the world; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Crystal Bay Township joins a nation-wide call for a regional just transition and climate emergency mobilization collaborative effort focused on transforming our region and rapidly catalyzing a mobilization at all levels of government to restore a safe and lasting safe climate and environment.

19 March 2019, Alameda City Council, California, USA, population 79,177

The revised full resolution can be downloaded from Item 5-G here.
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Excerpt:

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED
that the City of Alameda declares that a climate emergency threatens our city, region, state, nation, civilization, humanity and the natural world; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the City of Alameda commits to citywide action that is rooted in equity, self-determination, culture, tradition, deep democracy, and the belief that people locally and around the world have right to clean, healthy and adequate air, water, land, food, education and shelter; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that an urgent global climate mobilization effort to reverse global warming is needed as quickly as possible towards zero net emissions no later than 2030, and that the City of Alameda should actively participate in an effort to safely draw down carbon from the atmosphere, and accelerate adaptation and resilience strategies in preparation for intensifying climate impacts; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the City of Alameda commits to educating our residents about the climate emergency and working to catalyze a just transition and urgent climate mobilization effort at the local, state, national, and global levels to provide maximum protection for our residents to include Alameda’s unhoused population, indigenous, low-income, and/or communities of color specifically, as well as all the people and species of the world; and

2 April 2019, San Francisco City and County, California, USA, population 884,363

The Board of Supervisors, which acts as the county government as well as the San Francisco city council, declared a Climate Emergency.
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The full motion is here.
Excerpt:

RESOLVED, That the Board of Supervisors hereby declares a state of climate emergency, given that the climate crisis poses a serious and urgent threat to the well-being of San Francisco, its inhabitants, and its environment; and, be it

FURTHER RESOLVED, That the Board of Supervisors urges the Department of the Environment, in collaboration with the Mayor’s office and all other relevant City agencies, to develop and deliver a technical report within 100 days; and, be it

FURTHER RESOLVED, That the Board of Supervisors intends to schedule a public hearing for the Department of the Environment in coordination with partner City agencies, to present high-priority strategies to achieve deep emission reductions at emergency speed; and, be it

FURTHER RESOLVED, That to meet the City and County of San Francisco’s ambitious greenhouse gas emission reduction targets, the Department of the Environment is urged to review Chapter 9 of the City’s Environment Code and recommend updates or new policies to the City’s Climate Action Strategy, and to take into account the impact on workers and jobs in San Francisco that these policies will have; and, be it

FURTHER RESOLVED, That labor unions and frontline environmental justice communities must be equitably and actively engaged in the City’s transition to a fossil-fuel free economy and prioritized through local climate mitigation and adaptation planning, policy, and program delivery, ensuring a just transition for all people; and, be it

FURTHER RESOLVED, That any legislation or projects started through the climate emergency process should consider union career opportunities, including training and retraining, and investments in working-class, low-income communities, and communities of color historically and disproportionality impacted by pollution, high unemployment, poverty and environmental injustice; and, be it

FURTHER RESOLVED, That as the City works on climate mitigation, it shall continue to advance climate adaptation efforts to address unavoidable current and future climate change impacts; and, be it

FURTHER RESOLVED, That the Board of Supervisors will work with the Mayor’s office, the Controller, and the Capital Planning Committee to develop a budget that enables urgent climate action, avoids further investment of public dollars in fossil-fuel reliant infrastructure when there are clean energy alternatives, supports public sector employees, and ensures a climate resilient future for all San Franciscans.

6 May 2019, Petaluma City Council, California, USA, population 60,780

Reported by local campaigners who were involved in achieving the declaration (no minutes available yet).

26 June 2019, New York City Council, New York, USA, population 8,398,748

Declared a Climate Emergency.
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A record of the resolution is here.
The motion:

Declaring a climate emergency and calling for an immediate emergency mobilization to restore a safe climate.