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 “motion text” 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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Meeting minutes are 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
etc.

28 January 2019, Amherst Town Council, Massachusetts, USA, population 37,819

Declared a Climate Emergency and set up an Energy and Climate Action Committee
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Minutes are here.

Preamble
Climate change is a global emergency.
….
ORDERED By the Town Councilof the Town of Amherst:
The establishment of a committee called the Town of Amherst Energy and Climate Action Committee (ECAC) to guide the Town in meeting its climate mitigation and resilience goals.
That the Energy and Climate Action Committee, within 90 days of its first meeting, submit to the Town Council for adoption initial recommendedtarget dates, benchmarks and/or annual/interannual targets to achieve the climate action goals adopted in Article 16 passed by the Fall 2017 Special Town Meeting [100% renewable energy/electricity] and other emissions reductions goals recommended by the ECAC and that the Town Council act by voting to adopt the recommendationssubmitted with or without amendments within 90 days of receipt from the ECAC.

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.

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. (Minutes of the meeting say the resolution was passed but without noting the resolution text.)
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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.

2 April 2019, City of Chico, California, US, population 93,293

The Sustainability Task Force passed a resolution declaring a Climate Emergency in February, then Council voted in support of that resolution in April.
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Full text of the reolution is here. Minutes of the April meeting are 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
….

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).

PROGRESS SO FAR
Establishing the first public body in Sonoma County designed to directly address the community’s impact on global warming. The city council unanimously approved an ordinance last week that established Petaluma’s Climate Action Commission, an appointed body that will help craft policies and engage residents on issues related to climate change.

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.

22 July 2019, Ojai City Council, California, USA, population 7,461

Declared a Climate Emergency
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Agenda item is here.
Excerpt:

NOW BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED, by the Ojai City Council that the City of Ojai declares that we face an existential Climate Emergency that threatens our city, region, state, nation, civilization, humanity and the natural world.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the City of Ojai commits to help educate our residents about the climate emergency to protect our residents as well as all the people and species of the world.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the City of Ojai underscores the need for full community participation and support, and recognizes that the residents of Ojai and community organizations will be integral to this effort.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the City of Ojai commits to keeping the consideration of disadvantaged communities central to all climate emergency actions and to inviting and encouraging such communities to actively participate in order to advocate directly for their needs.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the City of Ojai will form a Climate Emergency Mobilization Committee to present high-priority strategies to achieve emission reductions at emergency speed.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the City of Ojai seeks to partner with local and regional agencies to participate in a regional emergency effort and to intensify support of a comprehensive just transition to restore a safe climate.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the City of Ojai calls on the County of Ventura to initiate a just county-wide emergency mobilization effort to reverse global warming by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and safely draw down carbon from the atmosphere as quickly as possible.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the City of Ojai calls on the State of California to initiate a just state-wide emergency mobilization effort to reverse global warming by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and safely draw down carbon from the atmosphere as quickly as possible.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the City of Ojai calls on the United States of America to initiate a just national emergency mobilization effort to reverse global warming by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and safely draw down carbon from the atmosphere as quickly as possible.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the City of Ojai calls on all governments and peoples worldwide to initiate a just global emergency mobilization effort to reverse global warming by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and safely draw down carbon from the atmosphere as quickly as possible.

23 July 2019, Boulder County Council, Colorado, USA, population 322,514

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

To support a countrywide climate emergency mobilization and just transition effort to reverse global warming, including reducing countrywide greenhouse gas emissions 45% below 2005 levels by 2030 and 90% below 2005 levels by 2050, and implementing adaptation and resilience strategies in preparation for intensifying climate impacts, the Board of Boulder County Commissioners hereby proclaim a climate emergency.

23 July 2019, Boulder City Council, Colorado, USA, population 107,353

Declared a Climate Emergency. News article is here. Action Plan is here.
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Minutes of meeting are here.
Excerpt:

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BOULDER, COLORADO, THAT:
1.The City of Boulder hereby declares that a climate emergency threatens our city, ourregion, our state, our nation, civilization, humanity and the natural world and reaffirms itscommitment to local climate action;
2.The City of Boulder commits to a citywide climate mobilization action effort in supportof a global effort to address climate change, and immediately prioritizes efforts to safelydraw down carbon from the atmosphere and accelerate adaptation and resiliencestrategies in preparation for intensifying climate impacts;
3.The City of Boulder re-commits to ensuring that the City’s actions remain in alignmentwith the most current scientific findings regarding climate change;
4.The City of Boulder will update its current Climate Commitment and implement moreambitious but achievable goals consistent with or exceeding state goals and objectives,integrated into a new 2030 Climate Mobilization Action Plan;
5.The City of Boulder underscores the need for full community participation and inclusionin and support for the Climate Mobilization Action Plan and recognizes that the residentsof Boulder, along with community organizations that work with our faith, youth, labor,and business, academic , homeowner, environmental, economic, racial, gender, family,disability justice, indigenous, immigrant and women’s rights communities, among others,will be integral to and in the leadership of the mobilization effort;
6.The City of Boulder commits to take immediate actions to safeguard against the current,inevitable and potential consequences of climate change and to invite the fullparticipation of all communities in climate resilience efforts, including those mostvulnerable to the effects of climate change;
7.The City of Boulder commits to keeping the concerns of vulnerable communities centralto all just transition and climate emergency mobilization planning processes and toinviting and encouraging such communities to actively participate in order to advocatedirectly for their needs;
8.The City of Boulder commits to educating our residents about the climate emergency and organizing and advocating for a just transition and climate emergency mobilization effort at the local, regional, state, national, and global levels to provide maximum protection for our residents as well as all the people and species of the world;
9.The City of Boulder commits to calling on higher levels of government to provide all necessary financial and regulatory assistance in support of its efforts to end citywide greenhouse gas emissions as quickly as possible and no later than 2030;
10.The City of Boulder calls on the State of Colorado, the United States Federal Government, and all governments and peoples worldwide to initiate an immediate social and economic mobilization to reverse global warming and ecological overshoot thatrestores near pre-industrial global average temperatures and greenhouse gas concentrations, immediately halts the development of all new fossil fuel infrastructure,rapidly phases out the use of fossil fuels and the technologies which rely upon them, ends greenhouse gas emissions as quickly as possible, initiates an effort to safely draw down the excess carbon from the atmosphere, transitions to regenerative agriculture, ends the sixth mass extinction of species, protects and expands workers’ right to organize, creates and guarantees high-quality, high-paying jobs with comprehensive benefits for all those who will be impacted by this emergency response; and
11.That the City Manager is directed to send a copy of this resolution to the city’s congressional delegation.

8 August 2019, Austin City Council, Texas, USA, population 950,715

Declared a Climate Emergency
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Decision record 78 is here.

78. Approve a resolution declaring a climate emergency and calling for immediate and coordinated mobilization by the City to address the causes and consequences of climate change and directing the City Manager to take appropriate action.
Approved

20 August 2019, Saugerties Town Board, New York, USA, population 19,097

Declared a Climate Emergency
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Motion text is here. Minutes are here.
Excerpt:

NOW BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED, the Town of Saugerties declares that a climate emergency threatens our town, county, state, nation, and world;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Town urges leaders at every level of government to commit to a climate emergency mobilization effort to reverse global warming and end greenhouse gas emissions as quickly as possible;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Town urges governmental leaders to commit to educating our residents about the climate emergency and the mobilization effort at the local, state, national, and global levels;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Town underscores the need for full community participation, inclusion, and support, and recognizes that the residents of Ulster County and members of community organizations, faith-based, youth, labor, business, academic institutions, and other such community allies will be integral to and provide leadership of the mobilization effort;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Saugerties Town Clerk shall forward this resolution to the Chair of the Ulster County Legislature, County executive Patrick Ryan, Ulster County legislators, Mary Wawro, Joseph Maloney and Dean Fabiano, NY Senator George Amedore, NY Assemblyman Chris Tague, Congressman Antonio Delgado, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Senator Charles Schumer, Governor Andrew Cuomo.

20 August 2019, El Cerrito City Council, California, USA, population 25,515

Declared a Climate Emergency
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Full minutes are here.
Excerpt:

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the City Council of the City of El Cerrito does hereby declare that a climate emergency threatens our City, region, state, nation, civilization, humanity and the natural world.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the City of El Cerrito endorses and will support climate emergency mobilization and collaboration efforts to reverse global warming at the City , region,state, national, and global levels to protect our residents.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the City of El Cerrito reiterates its commitment to reducing GHG emissions through implementation of the City’s Climate Action Plan.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the City of El Cerrito supports an increase in our Citywide GHG emissions reduction rate and will strive for zero GHG emissions Citywide as quickly as possible within the forthcoming Climate Action Plan update.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the City of El Cerrito will continue working with various agencies to actively educate our residents, businesses, and visitors about the climate emergency and inform residents about local actions they can take to transition to a zero GHGemissions existence.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the City of El Cerrito will continue to educate and inform residents, businesses, and visitors on preparedness actions we can all take to address impacts of the climate emergency in the form of disasters including droughts, wildfire, air pollution, heat stress, power outages, increased risk of lowland flooding, and other climate-related disasters.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the City of El Cerrito supports full public participation toward GHG reduction goals—including input from and participation by disenfranchised communities—and recognizes that El Cerrito residents, community organizations, labororganizations, businesses, and schools are integral to leading this effort.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the City of El Cerrito commits to keeping the concerns of vulnerable communities central to all climate emergency mobilization planning processes and to inviting and encouraging such communities to actively participate in order to advocate directly for their needs.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the City of El Cerrito calls on the State of California and the United States of America to initiate an emergency mobilization effort to reverse global warming, reducing GHG emissions as quickly as possible.

20 August 2019, Fort Collins City Council, Colorado, USA, population 167,830

Declared a Climate Emergency
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Agenda item can be downloaded here.
City Council acknowledged the climate emergency in this portion of the resolution:

“…the City Council recognizes the global climate emergency threatens Fort Collins, the State of Colorado, the United States of America, all other nations and indeed, the entire world.”

27 August 2019, Santa Clara County Council, California, USA, population 1,781,642

Declared a Climate Emergency
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Agenda item P3 is here.

Adopt Resolution declaring a climate emergency that demands immediate action to halt, reverse, restore and address the consequences and causes of global warming. (Cortese)

27 August 2019, Basalt Town Council, Colorado, USA, population 3,921

Declared a Climate Emergency
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Motion in agenda is here.
[Motion text here when minutes are published]

3 September 2019, New Haven City Council, Connecticut, USA, population 129,934

Declared a Climate Emergency and resolved to establish a Climate Emergency Mobilization Task Force
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The adopted motion text is in this article.
Excerpt:

NOW BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED that the City of New Haven declares an existential climate emergency that threatens our city, region, state, nation, civilization, the natural world, and humanity.
1. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the New Haven Board of Alders will work with the Mayor to establish a Climate Emergency Mobilization Task Force no later than 120 days after the effective date of this order.
2. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Climate Emergency Mobilization Task Force will be charged with leading an emergency mobilization effort that, with appropriate financial and regulatory assistance from state and federal authorities, will aim to end community-wide greenhouse gas emissions by or before December 31, 2030, and to initiate an effort to safely draw down carbon from the atmosphere.
3. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Mayor directs all City Departments and proprietaries to report to the Climate Emergency Mobilization Task Force no later than 6 months after the effective date of this order on maximum emergency reductions in greenhouse gas emissions from their operations feasible by the end of 2021, with the highest priority placed on an equitable and just transition to all sectors.
4. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Climate Emergency Mobilization Task Force commits to educating New Haven residents about the climate emergency and the broader ecological crisis and to helping to catalyze a climate emergency mobilization at the local, state, national, and global levels to protect local residents as well as all the people and species of the world.
5. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Climate Emergency Mobilization Task Force commits to work with local organizations and communities to include job creation, environmental justice, and public health in project development and to prioritize equitable outcomes, particularly for poor and marginalized communities.

4 September 2019, Windsor Town Council, California, USA, population 27,849

Declared a Climate Emergency
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Minnutes and ations initiated so far are here.
Excerpt:

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Town Council of the Town of Windsor, declares that a climate emergency threatens our town, region, state, nation, civilization, humanity and the natural world; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that, notwithstanding previously adopted targets, the scientific evidence indicates that an urgent global climate mobilization effort to reverse global warming is needed as quickly as possible towards zero net emissions by 2030, and no later than 2045, and that the Town of Windsor 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 Town of Windsor commits to town wide action that is rooted in equity, self-determination, culture, tradition, democracy, and the belief that people locally and around the world have a right to clean, healthy and adequate air, water, land, food, education, and shelter; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Town of Windsor 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 Windsor’s unhoused population, indigenous, low-income, and/or communities of color specifically, as well as all the people and species of the world; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Town of Windsor underscores the need for full community participation, inclusion, and support, and recognizes that all people living inWindsor, community organizations, faith, youth, labor, business, homeowners’ associations, and environmental, economic, science-based, racial, gender, family and disability justice and indigenous, immigrant and women’s rights organizations and other such allies will be integral to the leadership of the mobilization effort; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Town of Windsor acknowledges that there is still time to act and that as a town, known to come together in support of overcoming challenges and committed to addressing this crisis, we can work together to make the necessary change in order to do so; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Town of Windsor joins a nationwide call for a regional just transition away from fossil fuels and urgent climate mobilization through a collaborative effort focused on transforming our region, enacting policies that dramatically reduce GHG emissions, and rapidly catalyzing a mobilization at all levels of government to restore a safe climate; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Town Council supports the Town’s ongoing adaptive implementation of its GHG Plan with further support for regional development and implementation of a countywide 2030 Climate Emergency Mobilization Strategy in partnership with the RCPA and other Sonoma County jurisdictions; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Town Council of the Town of Windsor recognizes that in order to meet these goals, the Town must rapidly formulate and implement subsequent phases of mitigation and resiliency plans as soon as practicable, with priority programs and projects implemented locally and with regional partners to secure a sustainable environment, infrastructure, commerce and living conditions for all residents, including the unhoused; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Town Council of the Town of Windsor directs the Town Manager to work with the Town’s Sustainability Coordinator and other staff to develop aninternal structure to support ongoing climate action and accountability and identify a reporting timeline and process for charting progress in meeting the Town’s plans, goals and policies addressing the reduction of GHG emissions, including; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Town Council of the Town of Windsor establishes the development and implementation of the 2030 Climate Emergency Mobilization Strategy as Council priority, in alignment with statewide climate goals, and directs staff to work with the RCPA and coalition members to integrate climate change considerations into all policies; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Town has identified an initial list of actions toward achieving zero net emissions by 2030 as detailed in Exhibit A; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that these actions are consistent with General Plan 2040 and the Town Council certified EIR, dated April 4, 2018.

9 September 2019, Malibu City Council, California, USA, population 12,777

Declared a Climate Emergency
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Agenda item is here.

The City Council of the City of Malibu does hereby find, order and resolve as follows:
SECTION 1.Recitals.
A.In April 2016, world leaders from 175 countries, including the United States, recognized the threat of climate change and the urgent need to combat it by signing the Paris Agreement, agreeing to keep warming “well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels” and to “pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C.”
B.The death and destruction already wrought by global warming of approximately 1°C demonstrate that the Earth is already too hot for safety and justice as attested by increased and intensifying wildfires, floods, rising seas, diseases, droughts and extreme weather.
C.Climate change and the global economy’s overshoot of ecological limits are driving the sixth mass extinction of species, which could devastate much of life on Earth for the next 10 million years.
D.The United States of America has disproportionately contributed to the climate and ecological crises and has repeatedly obstructed global efforts to transition toward a sustainable economy, and thus bears an extraordinary responsibility to rapidly solve these crises.
E.Restoring a safe and stable climate requires an emergency mobilization on a scale not seen since World War II to reach zero greenhouse gas emissions across all sectors at wartime speed, to rapidly and safely drawdown or remove all the excess carbon from the atmosphere, and to implement measures to protect all people and species from the consequences of abrupt climate change.
F.Justice requires that frontline communities, which have historically borne the brunt of the extractive fossil-fuel economy, participate actively in the planning and implementation of this mobilization effort at all levels of government and that they benefit firstfrom the transition to a renewable energy economy.
G.Fairness demands a guarantee of high-paying, good-quality jobs with comprehensive benefits for all and many other tenants of a Green New Deal effort as the mobilization to restore a safe climate is launched.
H.The City of Malibu can act as a global leader by both converting to an ecologically, socially and economically regenerative economy at emergency speed, and by catalyzing a unified regional just transition and climate emergency mobilization effort this year.
2.The City Council does endorse the declaration of a climate emergency and requests regional collaboration on an immediate just transition and emergency mobilization effort to restore a safe climate.SECTION
3.The City Clerk shall certify to the passage and adoption of this resolution and enter it into the book of original resolutions.

10 September 2019, Santa Fe County Council, New Mexico, USA, population 148,651

Declared a Climate Emergency
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Agenda motion is here.
[Minutes here soon]

11 September 2019, Cloverdale City Council, California, USA, population 8,878

Declared a Climate Emergency and set a 2030 carbon neutral target date
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Agenda P260 is here.
Excerpt:

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the City Council of the City of Cloverdale declares that a climate emergency threatens humanity and the natural and built environments; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the City of Cloverdale joins a nationwide call for a just transition away from fossil fuels and an urgent collaborative climate mobilization effort focused on enacting policies that dramatically reduce heat-trapping emissions, and rapidly catalyzing a mobilization at all levels of government to restore a safe climate; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that an urgent global climate mobilization effort to reverse global warming is needed to achieve zero net emissions as quickly as possible and that full community participation, inclusion and support is integral to our efforts 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, the City of Cloverdale acknowledges that successful climate action and a just transition at scale requires that we work both within and outside of our regional boundaries and across sectors to accelerate the necessary systems change required to address the climate emergency; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the City of Cloverdale, commits to contributing to the development of a countywide 2030 Climate Emergency Mobilization Strategy that focuses on identifying key local actions – including a ten-year Emergency Policy Package prioritizing a short list of the most impactful local policies that will drive systems change and identify the key areas for state level advocacy; and

17 September 2019, Sonoma County Council, California, USA, population 504,217

Declared a Climate Emergency
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Minutes are here.
Excerpt:

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the COUNTY OF SONOMA declares that a climate emergency threatens humanity and the natural and built environments; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the COUNTY OF SONOMA joins a nationwide call for a just transition away from fossil fuels and an urgent collaborative climate mobilization effort focused on enacting policies that dramatically reduce heat-trapping emissions, and rapidly catalyzing a mobilization at all levels of government to restore a safe climate; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that an urgent global climate mobilization effort to reverse global warming is needed to achieve zero net emissions as quickly as possible and that full community participation, inclusion and support is integral to our efforts 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, the COUNTY OF SONOMA acknowledges that successful climate action and a just transition at scale requires that we work both within and outside of our regional boundaries and across sectors to accelerate the necessary systems change required to address the climate emergency; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the COUNTY OF SONOMA, commits to contributing to the development of a countywide 2030 Climate Emergency Mobilization Strategy that focuses on identifying key local actions – including a ten-year Emergency Policy Package prioritizing the most impactful local policies that will drive systems change while also identifying the key areas for state level advocacy; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, while the COUNTY OF SONOMA commits to coordinate with RCPA on the 2030 Climate Emergency Mobilization Strategy, the County is not precluded from taking its own actions, and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the COUNTY OF SONOMA re-commits to ensuring that our actions remain in alignment with the most current scientific findings regarding climate change; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the COUNTY OF SONOMA will collaboratively develop and implement more ambitious but achievable goals consistent with or exceeding state goals and objectives, integrated into a new 2030 Climate Emergency Mobilization Strategy; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the COUNTY OF SONOMA commits to identifying a Climate Emergency Mobilization Liaison to drive this effort in our jurisdiction and to provide financial resources to support the participation of this County staff member in the RCPA coalition of local governments to further mobilize regional climate action; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Board of Supervisors of the COUNTY OF SONOMA establishes the climate emergency and development and implementation of the 2030 Climate Emergency Mobilization Strategy as a top Board priority, and directs staff to work with the RCPA and coalition members to reevaluate all existing policies through the lens of the climate emergency; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the COUNTY OF SONOMA commits to educating its employees and residents about the climate crisis and the work needed to catalyze an equitable emergency climate mobilization effort at the local, regional, state, national and global levels.

17 September 2019, San Mateo County Council, California, USA, population 727,209

Declared a Climate Emergency
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Full resolution text is here.
Excerpt:

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Supervisors of the County of San Mateo declares a climate emergency that threatens the economic and social well-being, health and safety, and security of the County of San Mateo.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the County will continue to educate residents about the seriousness of climate change, invest in climate solutions, and address the current and future impacts of climate change.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that health, socio-economic and racial equity considerations should be included in policymaking and climate solutions at all levels and across all sectors as the consequences of climate change have significant impacts on all County residents, but especially the young, the elderly, low income or communities of color, and other vulnerable populations.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that County commits to completing the Government Operations and Unincorporated Area Climate Action Plans that will include measurable climate-related goals and actions to attain carbon neutrality in advance of the State of California’s 2045 goal.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the County will develop and enact resiliency policies and plans to ensure continuous operation of County services and facilities.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the County will achieve its climate action and resiliency goals through cross departmental partnerships within the County.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the County will collaborate and coordinate with the 20 cities in the County, and other local partners like Peninsula Clean Energy and the Flood and Sea Level Rise Resiliency District, to achieve carbon neutrality throughout San Mateo County and to implement other actions to address climate change.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Board directs the Office of Sustainability to report annually to the Board, starting in April 2020, on progress towards meeting resiliency goals and achieving carbon neutrality in advance of 2045.

17 September 2019, Taos County Council, New Mexico, USA, population 33,065

Declared a Climate Emergency
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Agenda Item is here.
Excerpt:

NOW, THEREFORE,BE IT RESOLVEDthat the Board of County Commissioners of Taos County, hereby:
1.Declares that a climate emergency threatens our region, state, nation, civilization, humanity,and the natural world;
2.Joins other counties and cities of the United States in support of the youth led Global Climate Strike on Friday, September 20, 2019;
3.Commits to a countywide just transition and climate emergency mobilization effort to expeditiouslyreducecountywide greenhouse gas emissions; to adaptresilience strategiesin preparation for intensifying climate impacts;and to provide maximum protection forCountyresidents as well as all the people and species of the world;
4.Commits to the continued education of Countyresidents about the climate emergency;
5.Underscores the need for full community participationin addressing the climate emergency, includingthe residents of TaosCountyandall communityorganizationsand institutions that tendto needs of faith, youth, labor, business, education, homeowners,environment, economy, race, gender, family, disability, indigenous, immigrant, and women,and who will be integral to and in the leadership of the mobilization effort;
6.Commits to keeping the concerns of vulnerable communities central to the just transition and climate emergency mobilization effort planning processes and to inviting and encouraging such communities to actively participate in order to advocate directly for their needs;
7.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 climate; and
8.Calls on the State of New Mexico, the United States of America, and all governments and peoples worldwide to declare a climate emergency; and to initiate a just transition and climate emergency mobilization effort to reverse global warming by rapidly phasingout fossil fuels and the technologies which rely upon them;
ends greenhouse gas emissions as quickly as possible;
initiates an effort to safely draw down carbon from the atmosphere;
transitions to regenerative agriculture;limitsthe sixth mass extinction;
and creates high-quality, good-paying jobs for those who will be impacted by this transition.

17 September 2019, San José City Council, California, USA, population 1,030,119

Declared a Climate Emergency
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Full text of motion from Minutes is here.
Excerpt:

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SAN JOSE THAT:
1. The City of San José urges there be a regional just transition and emergency climate action mobilization collaborative effort consisting of concerned residents, youth, faith, labor, business, environmental, economic, racial and social justice organizations as well as other community groups , and all elected officials in and from San José and nearby Counties and especially all mayors who have signed on to enact the Paris Agreement.
2. The City of San José commits to pursuing all-electric, zero net carbon new municipal facilities.
3. The City of San José commits to pursuing a goal of prohibiting natural gas in new construction projects citywide by January 1, 2023.
4. The City of San José commits to exploring the general concept of future federal taxes on carbon-based fuels, and directs staff to analyze and bring to Council analysis relating to carbon-based fuel taxes, including H.R. 763.
5. The City of San José commits to prioritize the equitable and active engagement of environmental justice communities who have traditionally borne the brunt of environmental degradation including communities of color, monolingual communities, children, the elderly, the physically disabled, low-wage workers, immigrants, indigenous communities, and low-income communities in planning, policy, program development and delivery so that environmental policies benefit all communities in the City.
6. The City of San José commits to prioritize efforts to become a zero-waste city and the City Manager should explore enhancement of Climate Smart San José to include an additional zero waste element evaluating the City’s net greenhouse gas emissions resulting from the solid waste sector, assessment and evaluation of the City’s zero waste strategies, and further address critical solid waste management challenges.
7. The City of San José commits to reviewing the City’s investment portfolio to identify holdings that include direct investments in fossil fuel companies , to determine whether to cease new investments in fossil fuel companies, and prioritize investment in opportunities that would mitigate or limit the effects of burning fossil fuels, such as renewable energy, clean technology, and sustainable communities.

18 September 2019, Albuquerque City Council, New Mexico, USA, population 558,545

Declared a Climate Emergency
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Full text of motion from Minutes is here.
Excerpt:

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL, THE GOVERNING BODY OF THE CITY OF ALBUQUERQUE:
Section 1. The City declares that a climate emergency threatens our city, region, state, nation, civilization, humanity and the natural world, and recognizes the need for an exponential increase in its ambition to combat climate change, so that it meets or exceeds the current recommendations of the foremost climate scientists working around the world.
Section 2. The City commits to its own city-wide just transition and climate emergency mobilization effort, utilizing the 2009 CAP as the basis and framework to reformulate and fully update the plan in recognition of the changes over the past decade.
Section 3. The City commits to educating our residents and especially our students about the current climate emergency.
Section 4. The City underscores the need for full community participation, and recognizes that the residents of Albuquerque, and community organizations and other such allies who will be integral to and in the leadership of the mobilization effort;
Section 5. The City commits to keeping the concerns of vulnerable communities central to all just transition and climate emergency mobilization efforts and to facilitate the active participation of such communities.
Section 6. The City joins a national wide-call for a regional just transition and climate emergency mobilization collaborative effort, in full partnership with surrounding Tribal nations and traditional agricultural communities, focused on transforming our region and rapidly catalyzing a mobilization at all levels of government to restore a safe climate; promising its citizens to consider climate change in all government decisions.
Section 7. The City calls on the State of New Mexico, the United States of America, and all governments and peoples worldwide to initiate a just transition and climate emergency mobilization effort to reverse global warming and creates high-quality, good-paying jobs with comprehensive benefits for those who will be impacted by this transition.

18 September 2019, Washtenaw County Council, Michigan, USA, population 370,963

Declared a Climate Emergency
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Full text of motion from Minutes is here.
Excerpt:

NOW BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED, Washtenaw County acknowledges that a climate emergency threatens our city, region, state, nation, civilization, humanity and the natural world;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Washtenaw County commits to a countywide just transition and climate emergency mobilization effort to reverse global warming, which, with appropriate financial and regulatory assistance from and State and Federal authorities, ends countywide greenhouse gas emissions as quickly as possible and no later than 2035, 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, Washtenaw County 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;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, Washtenaw County underscores the need for full community participation, inclusion, and support, and recognizes that the residents of Washtenaw County and community organizations, faith, youth, labor, business, academic institutions, homeowners’ associations and environmental, economic, racial, gender, family and disability justice and indigenous, immigrant and women’s rights organizations and other such allies who will be integral to and in the leadership of the mobilization effort;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, Washtenaw County commits to keeping the concerns of vulnerable communities central to all just transition and climate emergency mobilization effort
planning processes and to inviting and encouraging such communities to actively participate in order to advocate directly for their needs;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, Washtenaw County joins a national-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 climate; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, Washtenaw County calls on the State of Michigan, the United States of America, and all governments and peoples worldwide to acknowledge and declare a Climate Emergency; and to initiate a just transition and climate emergency mobilization effort to reverse global warming by restoring near pre-industrial global average temperatures and greenhouse gas concentrations, that immediately halts the development of all new fossil fuel infrastructure, rapidly phases out all fossil fuels and the technologies which rely upon them, ends greenhouse gas emissions as quickly as possible, initiates an effort to safely draw down carbon from the atmosphere, transitions to regenerative agriculture, ends the sixth mass extinction, and creates and guarantees high-quality, good-paying jobs with comprehensive benefits for those who will be impacted by this transition.

18 September 2019, Arcata City Council, California, USA, population 18,257

Declared a Climate Emergency
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Agenda Item P56 is here.
Excerpt:

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the City Council of the City of Arcata does
– Hereby declare that a climate emergency threatens our City, region, state, nation, civilization, humanity and the natural world.
– Hereby endorse and will support and participate in climate emergency mobilization and collaboration efforts to reverse global warming at the City, region, state, national, and global levels to protect our residents.
– Hereby reiterate its commitment to further reducing GHG emissions through active implementation of the City’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan, Zero Waste Plan, Building Reach Code and All Electric Initiative as well as the development of a local and regional Climate Action Plan.
– Hereby resolve to continue to actively work on renewableenergy development, work to fuel switch from natural and liquid gas fuel to electric each year and supply 100% of the City’s operational electricity through renewable sources. Further the City will continue to track and monitor greenhouse gas emissions towards the goal of elimination.
– Hereby continue to educate and inform residents, businesses, and visitors on preparedness actions we can all take to address impacts of the climate emergency in the form of disasters including droughts, wildfire, air pollution, power outages, increased risk of lowland flooding, and other climate-related disasters
– Hereby support full public participation toward GHG reduction goals-including input from and participation by disenfranchised communities-and recognizes that Arcata residents, community organizations, labor organizations, businesses, and schools are integral to leading this effort.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the City of Arcata hereby calls on the State of California and the United States of America to initiate an emergency mobilization effort to reverse global warming, reducing GHG emissions as quickly as possible.

23 September 2019, Burlington City Council, Vermont, USA, population 42,239

Declared a Climate Emergency
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Full motion text is here.
Excerpt:

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the City of Burlington 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 Burlington commits to a citywide just transition and climate emergency mobilization effort to mitigate the climate crisis, which gets Burlington to net zero greenhouse gas emissions as quickly as possible and no later than 2030, including increased efforts to safely draw down carbon from the atmosphere, and accelerates adaptation and resilience strategies in preparation for intensifying climate impacts; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the City of Burlington 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
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the City of Burlington calls on the State of Vermont, the United States of America, and all governments and peoples worldwide to initiate a just transition and climate emergency mobilization effort to reverse global heating by restoring near pre-industrial global average greenhouse gas concentrations, that immediately halts the development of all new fossil fuel infrastructure, rapidly phases out all fossil fuels and the technologies which rely upon them, ends greenhouse gas emissions as quickly as possible, initiates an effort to safely draw down carbon from atmosphere, takes essential actions to end the sixth mass extinction, transitions to regenerative agriculture, creates and guarantees high-quality, good-paying jobs with comprehensive benefits for those who would otherwise be negatively impacted by this transition, and provides communities with appropriate financial and regulatory assistance to address the climate crisis locally; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the City of Burlington, in all formal communications, shall refer to “climate change” as “climate crisis” or “climate emergency,” and “global warming” as “global heating,” and recommends that the State of Vermont and the United States of America adopt said terms; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the City of Burlington underscores the need for full community engagement, participation, inclusion, and support, and recognizes that the residents of Burlington, and diverse community organizations including faith, youth, labor, business, academic institutions, environmental, economic, racial, gender, family and disability justice and indigenous, immigrant and women’s rights organizations and other such allies will be integral to the leadership of the mobilization effort; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the City of Burlington commits to keeping the concerns of vulnerable communities central to all just transition and climate emergency mobilization effort planning processes and to inviting and encouraging such communities to actively participate in order to advocate directly for their needs; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the City Council of Burlington requests a report on or before December 18th, 2019 from the Chief Accounting Officer in consultation with the Chief Innovative Officer, the Department of Human Resources and any other relevant departments regarding the financial impact of compensating every municipal employee, meaning a person who is employed for any purpose by the City of Burlington on a full-time, part-time, seasonal, or temporary basis a minimum wage of $15 an hour, $20 an hour, and $25 an hour and, given the City’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion, any other available information regarding the demographics of people currently exempted by the City’s livable wage ordinance, including but not limited to: age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and gender.

25 September 2019, Pitkin County Council, Colorado, USA, population 17,890

Declared a Climate Emergency
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Agenda text P8 is here.
Excerpt:

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of County Commissioners of Pitkin County, Colorado that it hereby adopts an Endorsement of the Declaration of a Climate Emergency and the Request for Regional Collaboration to Counter Climate Change and Preserve a Flourishing Natural and Built Environment and authorizes the Chair to sign the Resolution and upon the satisfaction of the County Attorney as to form, execute any other associated documents necessary to complete this matter.

7 October 2019, Healdsburg City Council, California, USA, population 11,254

Declared a Climate Emergency
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Agenda Item P 95 is here.
Excerpt:

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED,the City Council of the City of Healdsburg declares that a climate emergency threatens humanity and the natural and built environments;and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED,that the City Council of the City of Healdsburg joins a nationwide call for a just transition away from fossil fuels and an urgent collaborative climate mobilization effort focused on enacting policies that dramatically reduce heat-trapping emissions, and rapidly catalyzing a mobilization at all levels of government to restore a safe climate; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED,that an urgent global climate mobilization effort to reverse global warming is needed to achieve zero net emissions as quickly as possible and that full community participation, inclusion and support is integral to our efforts 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 Council of the City of Healdsburg acknowledges that successful climate action and a just transition at scale requires that we work both within and outside of the City’s boarders and across sectors to accelerate the necessary systems change required to address the climate emergency; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED,that the City Council of the City of Healdsburg, as a priority,will strongly consider including environmental stewardship in the City’s Strategic Plan and collaborating with the Sonoma County Regional Climate Protection Authority in the establishment and implementation of a2030 Climate Emergency Mobilization Strategy in alignment with statewide climate goals and integrating climate change considerations into all policies; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the City of Healdsburg underscores the need for full community participation, inclusion, and support, and recognizes that all people living in Healdsburg, community organizations, faith, youth, labor, business, homeowners’ associations, and environmental, economic, science-based, racial, gender, family and disability justice and indigenous, immigrant and women’s rights organizations and other such allies will be integral to the leadership of the mobilization effort; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the City Councilof the City of Healdsburg commits to educating its employees,residents, visitors,and businessesabout the climate crisis and the work needed to catalyze an equitable emergency climate mobilization effort at the local, regional, state, national and global levels.

8 October 2019, Longmont City Council, Colorado, USA, population 94,341

Declared a Climate Emergency
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Agenda Item 8H is here.

NOW, THEREFORE, THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF LONGMONT, COLORADO, RESOLVES:
Section 1
That the City Council of Longmont hereby declares a state of climate emergency and that the global climate crisis poses a serious, urgent, and pressing threat to the well-being of Longmont, its inhabitants, economy, and environment; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that it is the intent of the City of Longmont to do everything in its power to swiftly convert to an ecologically, socially, and economically sustainable economy and to reduce community-wide carbon emissions as much and as quickly as possible; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the City re-affirms its goal of supporting 100% electric energy generation by 2030 or earlier, and further directs City staff and PRPA to shorten the time period to the earliest technologically feasible date, to more adequately address the severity of the climate crisis; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the City government must work and partner with residents, businesses, and community groups to educate our communityabout the climate emergency, including holding public meetings about the crisis, and must work to catalyze a just transition and climate emergency mobilization effort at the local, state, national and global levels, to provide maximum protection to our residents; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Longmont City Council will convene a climate working group composed of City staff, other subject matter experts, partners, concerned residents, including those most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, to discuss further steps the City
should take to promote a carbon-free, sustainable city, with the goal of creating and submitting a report outlining such steps within 120 days of this resolution, and quarterly thereafter, and;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the City of Longmont calls upon the State of Colorado, the United States of America, and all governments and peoples worldwide to initiate a Climate Emergency Mobilization and Just Transition effort to reverse global warming by restoring near pre-industrial global average temperatures and greenhouse gas concentrations;that halts the development of new fossil fuel infrastructure;rapidly phases out all fossil fuels and the technologies which rely upon them;transitions to regenerative agriculture;works to end the sixth mass extinction of species;creates high-quality, well-paying jobs with comprehensive benefits;mitigates the potentially adverse impacts to those who will be most impacted by this transition;and results in an equitable, inclusive and resilient community for all.
Section2
The Council repeals all resolutions or parts of resolutions in conflict with this resolution, but only to the extent of such inconsistency.

15 October 2019, Ulster County Legislature, New York, USA, population 179,417

Declared a Climate Emergency
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Agenda item is here.
Excerpt:

RESOLVED, the Ulster County Legislature declares that a climate emergency threatens our local communities, county, state, nation, and world; and, be it further
RESOLVED, Ulster County urges leaders at every level of government to commit to a climate emergency mobilization effort to reverse global warming and end greenhouse gas emissions as quickly as possible; and, be it further
RESOLVED, Ulster County urges governmental leaders to commit to educating our residents about the climate emergency and the mobilization effort at the local, state, national, and global levels; and, be it further
RESOLVED, Ulster County underscores the need for full community participation, inclusion, and support, and recognizes that the residents of Ulster County and members of community organizations, faith-based, youth, labor, business, academic institutions, and other such community allies will be integral to and provide leadership of the mobilization effort; and, be it further
RESOLVED, the Clerk of the Ulster County Legislature shall forward copies of this resolution to Governor Andrew Cuomo, Assembly and Senate Majority and Minority Leaders, Assembly and Senate Environmental Conservation Committee Chairs, and all Ulster County elected Assembly members and Senators,
and move its adoption.

16 October 2019, Hawai’i County Council, Hawaii, USA, population 200,381

Unanimously declared a Climate Emergency
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Agenda item is here.
Excerpt:

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE COUNTY OF HAWAII that the County of Hawai`i acknowledges that an existential climate emergency threatens humanity and the natural world. Therefore, the County of Hawaii will implement a just, equitable, countywide emergency climate mobilization effort to reverse global warming, by drastically reducing countywide emissions of carbon dioxide and greenhouse gases, and safely drawing down carbon from the atmosphere no later than 2030, while accelerating adaptation and resilience strategies in preparation for intensifying climate change impacts.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the County of Hawaii commits to revising its existing policies, priorities, processes, and use and distribution of resources to implement emergency climate mobilization efforts countywide, including the development of an environmentally preferable purchasing policy to guide efficient, consistent, and just action.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the County of Hawaii commits to rapidly completing the Hawaii Island Climate Action plan by establishing ambitious goals, consistent with or exceeding State goals and objectives; and working immediately to implement the paths laid out in said plan, including phasing out existing sources of greenhouse gas emissions and implementing initiatives such as tree planting, to sequester carbon from the air.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the County of Hawai`i commits to educating its employees and residents about the climate crisis and the work needed to catalyze a just emergency climate mobilization effort at the local, regional, state, national, and global level to provide maximum protection for our residents as well as all the people and species of the world and actively pursue adaptation strategies to allow our community to more proactively respond to inevitable disruption of our communities by rising sea levels and egregious weather disasters.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the County of Hawai`i commits to integrating current science-based and cultural-based approaches to combating climate change locally involving researchers, cultural practitioners,and other community organizations integral to the emergency climate mobilization effort.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the County of Hawai`i underscores the need for full community participation,inclusion,and support,and commits to working with and keeping the concerns of vulnerable communities central to all just transition and climate emergency mobilization effort planning.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the County of Hawai`i commits to reducing emissions related to transportation by supporting both affordable housing and transit-oriented development while implementing a robust Transportation Demand Management Program calling on the Hawai`i County Department of Planning, Mass Transit Agency, and the Department of Public Works, alongside other appropriate local agencies, to participate in this regional emergency climate mobilization effort, as well as, actively encourage and promote the use of emission-free vehicles and enable a rapid expansion of public EV charging infrastructure.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the County of Hawai`i shall support widespread transitions to climate-smart agriculture to improve retention of water and carbon sequestration, through education, application assistance, and financial incentives, including support for small-scale local farms. Possible methods include cover crops, no-till, mulching, composting and other regenerative planting practices.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the County of Hawai`i joins a nationwide 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 climate.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the County of Hawai`i calls on the State of Hawai`i, the United States of America, and all governments and peoples worldwide, to initiate a just transition and climate emergency mobilization effort to reverse global warming by restoring near preindustrial global average temperatures and greenhouse gas concentrations, that immediately halts the development of all new fossil fuel infrastructure, rapidly phases out all fossil fuels and the technologies which rely upon them, ends greenhouse gas emissions as quickly as possible, initiates an effort to safely draw down carbon from the atmosphere, transitions to regenerative agriculture, ends the sixth mass extinction, and creates and guarantees high-quality, good -paying jobs with comprehensive benefits for those who will be impacted by this transition.
BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that the County Clerk shall transmit a copy of this resolution to: the Honorable Harry Kim, Mayor; the Director of the Department of Public Works; the Mass Transit Administrator; the Director of the Planning Department; Joseph K. Kamelamela, Corporation Counsel; and the Hawaii Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Commission.

16 October 2019, Miami Beach City Commission, Florida, USA, population 92,307

Declared a Climate Emergency
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Agenda item is here.
Excerpt:

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT DULY RESOLVED BY THE MAYOR AND CITY
COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA, that the Mayor and City
Commission hereby declare a Climate Emergency, urge the State of Florida and the U.S.
government to declare a Climate Emergency, request regional collaboration on an
immediate just transition and emergency mobilization effort to restore a safe climate, and
direct the City Clerk to send a copy of this Resolution to the Speaker of the U.S. House
of Representatives, the Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate, to each Florida Senator and
Representative in the United States Congress, to the Mayor and members of the
Commission of Miami-Dade County, to all municipalities within Miami-Dade County, and
to all members of the South Florida Legislative Delegation.

21 October 2019, Kalamazoo City Council, Michigan, USA, population 75,807

Declared a Climate Emergency
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Agenda item is here.
Excerpt:

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the City of Kalamazoo declares that a
climate emergency threatens our citizens, city, region, state, and the natural world; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the intent of this declaration is to both affirm existing
commitments and further support City staff in their current efforts to develop a climate action plan that recognizes the climate emergency and set aggressive measurable goals and effective
implementation; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the City of Kalamazoo accepts a role of regional
leadership, and as such will seek partnerships with other regional governments, businesses,
community groups, educational and other anchor institutions to best utilize regional expertise and
resources to meet shared goals; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the City of Kalamazoo will aggressively seek any
available state, federal, and private funding for this effort and form alliances with other Michigan cities that have declared a climate emergency or have a written climate action plan to lobby for such funding; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the City of Kalamazoo underscores the need for full
community participation, inclusion, and support for the climate mobilization effort; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the City of Kalamazoo commits to keeping the concerns
of vulnerable communities central to a just transition and climate mobilization effort planning
processes and to inviting and encouraging such communities to actively participate in order to
advocate directly for their needs.

22 October 2019, Alexandria City Council, Virginia, USA, population 160,530

Declared a Climate Emergency
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Resolution is here.
Excerpt:

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT THE CITY COUNCIL OF ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA
declares that a climate emergency threatens our city, region, Commonwealth, nation, civilization, humanity and the natural world; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the City Council commits to a citywide just transition and climate emergency mobilization effort to reverse global warming, which, with appropriate financial and regulatory assistance from the Commonwealth of Virginia and Federal authorities, reaffirms our commitment to the goals, targets, and actions set forth in the City’s Environmental Action Plan 2040, ends citywide greenhouse gas emissions as quickly as possible, immediately initiates an effort to safely draw down carbon from the atmosphere, and accelerates adaptation and resilience strategies in preparation for intensifying climate impacts; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the City of Alexandria commits to educating our residents and businesses about the climate emergency and underscores the need for full community participation, inclusion, and support, and recognizes that the residents and businesses of Alexandria, along with community organizations dedicated to faith, youth, labor, academic institutions, civic participation, and the rights of marginalized populations, along with other such allies will be integral to and in the leadership of the mobilization effort; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the City of Alexandria will pursue a reduction in the community-wide greenhouse gas emissions from our energy use by advocating for the Commonwealth of Virginia to adopt policies and/or regulations that will decarbonize the statewide electricity supply, or that will allow for community choice over electricity supply purchasing; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the City of Alexandria calls on the Federal Government, Congress, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and other local governments to declare a Climate Emergency; and to initiate a just transition and climate emergency mobilization effort to restore a safe climate and build a sustainable economy; and to convey the urgency to citizens.

28 October 2019, Plymouth Town Council, New Hampshire, USA, population 6,990

Declared a Climate Emergency on 28 October 2019
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[Minutes here when published] Motion:

I move that we, the Select Board, hereby acknowledge the Climate Emergency and support efforts to support local, state, and federal actions to keep fossil fuels in the ground and facilitate a transition to a renewable energy future.

4 November 2019, Ann Arbor City Council, Michigan, USA, population 121,000

Declared a Climate Emergency and set a 2030 carbon neutral target date for the entire community
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Agenda item is here.
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RESOLVED, That the Ann Arbor City Council declares a climate emergency and commits to take action as a result of that declaration;
RESOLVED, The Ann Arbor City Council supports a public engagement process, beginning immediately, that helps outline how the entire Ann Arbor Community could achieve carbon neutrality by the year 2030, a target date that is both ambitious and achievable;
RESOLVED, City Council requests that the City Administration develop a draft plan for how the Ann Arbor community could achieve carbon neutrality (“2030 Carbon Neutral Ann Arbor Plan”) to be presented to Council not later than March 31, 2020 to support its presentation on Earth Day 2020;
RESOLVED, City Council directs the City Administrator to design and execute a community engagement process that culminates with a draft strategy for how the Ann Arbor community could achieve carbon neutrality around the year 2030;
RESOLVED, City Council direct the City Administrator to seek and facilitate collaboration with the University of Michigan and the PCCN to create and realize the 2030 Carbon Neutral Ann Arbor Plan; and
RESOLVED, City Council request the City Administrator to consider the likely outcomes of the in-development 2030 Carbon Neutral Ann Arbor Plan as he develops the FY21 Budget Planning process and, ultimately, the FY21 Budget.
Sponsored by: Mayor Taylor, Councilmembers Bannister, Smith, Ramlawi, Grand, Ackerman, Eaton, Nelson and Griswold

12 November 2019, Chesterton Town Council, Indiana, USA, population
13,503

Declared a Climate Emergency
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Foreshadowed in 28 October Minutes
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