Current global count: 407

Australia: 12 since December 2016 – 5 in Victoria, 2 in WA, 4 in NSW, and 1 in SA (in addition, the state associations for local councils in Victoria and Western Australia have passed Climate Emergency motions)
USA: 11 since November 2017 – 1 in New Jersey, 1 in Maryland, 8 in California, and 1 in Connecticut
Canada: 323 since August 2018 – 316 in Quebec, 4 in British Columbia, 1 in Nova Scotia, 1 in New Brunswick, and 1 in Ontario
UK: 58 since November 2018 – 51 in England, 5 in Wales, 1 in Scotland, and 1 in Northern Ireland
Switzerland: 3 since February 2019

An English translation of the declaration text adopted by the numerous towns and cities in Quebec (combined population of over 5 million) since August 2018 is at https://www.groupmobilisation.com/the-dce-english.
more about the Quebec campaign...


See info on the background and genesis of the campaign in Quebec here.

See their data here.

If you know of any councils or other regional jurisdictions that we have missed, please email us so we can add them to this page! A handy spreadsheet summary can be viewed here. Note that the above map shows only those local councils that have passed motions that include an item declaring a Climate Emergency (or acknowledging or noting in some way that we face a Climate Emergency). But as part of this growing wave of more ambitious climate action, a number of other councils have also passed motions committing to stronger than action than previously. See those councils here.

Want to encourage YOUR local government body to delare a climate emergency and develop their own climate emergency action plan? See Why declare a Climate Emergency? and How Councils can lead in the Climate Emergency. Also see our Action Kit and the resources at the CACE website.


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

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


PROGRESS SO FAR:
Download the Climate Emergency Darebin Strategic Plan.
more...


THE MOTION WAS PUT AND CARRIED AND BECAME THE COUNCIL RESOLUTION AS
FOLLOWS:

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

Action Plan


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


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

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

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

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


The resolution:

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

See the minutes of the meeting.

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

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

Submitting Council: Darebin City Council

Motion:

That the MAV recognise that:

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

Council Decision Item 14.1

Moved: Cr Loden, Seconded: Cr Gontaszewski

That Council:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

carried (8-1)

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

Against: Cr Harley

See minutes of the meeting.

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.

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

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

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

The full text of the minutes is here.

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.

August 2018 onwards, towns and cities in Quebec, Canada

An English translation of the declaration text adopted by the 260 towns and cities in Quebec (combined population of over 5 million) since August 2018 is at https://www.groupmobilisation.com/the-dce-english. See their data here.

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

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

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

See the minutes of the meeting.

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

The third Victorian local council to declare a climate emergency.

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


The resolution:

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

See minutes of the meeting.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

See minutes of the meeting.

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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13 November 2018, Bristol City Council, England, UK, population 535,907

First local council in the UK to pass a Climate Emergency Declaration, at least partly in response to the birth of the Extinction Rebellion movement in the UK. See Bristol Change Starts Now.
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Excerpt from the resolution:

Full Council calls on the Mayor to:
1. Declare a ‘Climate Emergency’;
2. Pledge to make the city of Bristol carbon neutral by 2030, taking into account both production and consumption emissions (scope 1, 2 and 3)5;
3. Call on Westminster to provide the powers and resources to make the 2030 target possible;
4. Work with other governments (both within the UK and internationally) to determine and implement best practice methods to limit Global Warming to less than 1.5°C;
5. Continue to work with partners across the city and region to deliver this new goal through
all relevant strategies and plans;
6. Report to Full Council within six months with the actions the Mayor/Council will take to address this emergency.

See Motion 2 in the Bristol Public minutes 13112018 1800 Full Council

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

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

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

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

See the full minutes of the meeting.

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.

28 November 2018, Trafford Council, England, UK, population 233,288

Trafford Council was the second UK local council to declare a Climate Emergency, citing the IPCC Special Report and the precedent set by Bristol City Council.
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Excerpt from the resolution:

Therefore, Council agrees:

– To declare a ‘climate emergency’.

– To establish a new task and finish group, with a remit to:

(i) Seek advice from experts to develop a carbon budget and set a challenging target date for carbon neutrality in Trafford;

(ii) Consider systematically the climate change impact of each area of the Council’s activities;

(iii) Make recommendations and set an ambitious timescale for reducing these impacts;

(iv) Report to full Council with the actions the Council needs to take to address this emergency.

See here or Motion 10c in the agenda for the climate emergency declaration resolution text.

3 December 2018, Totnes Town Council, England, UK, population 8,076

Third local council in the UK to pass a Climate Emergency Declaration.
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Resolution:

Full Council thus:
1. Declares a ‘Climate Emergency’;
2. Pledge to make the town of Totnes carbon neutral by 2030, taking into account both production and consumption emissions (scope 1,2,3);
3. Call on Devon County Council, South Hams District Council and Westminster to provide the powers and resources to make the 2030 target possible and to appoint Citizens assemblies to develop the policies to deliver this target;
4. Work with other local authority organisations such as DALC (Devon Association of Local Governments) and appropriate government departments (both within the UK and internationally) to determine and implement best practice methods to limit Global Warming to less than 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels;
5. Continue to work with partners across the district, county and region to deliver this new goal through all relevant strategies and plans;
6. Place this issue on Council Committee agendas to agree strategies and action plans.
7. Report to Full Council within six months with the actions the Council will take to address this emergency.

See pp31-33 for the full Totnes Town Council climate emergency declaration statement
Totnes Town Council climate emergency declaration statement.

5 December 2018, Frome Town Council, England, UK, population 26,203

Fourth local council in the UK to pass a Climate Emergency Declaration.
18 February 2109: Finding Courage in the Climate Crisis, free public talk hosted by Frome Town Council as part of engaging the local community.
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Recommendations
1. Declare a ‘Climate Emergency’
2. Pledge to make Frome carbon neutral by 2030;
3. Call on Westminster to provide the powers and resources to make the 2030 target
possible
4. Sign up to the Covenant of Mayors;
5. Develop a detailed plan of action and report back to council in six months time.
6. Reports to Council in six months with an update on the actions being taken to
address this emergency.

See Frome Agenda-item-5-For-decision-Climate-emergency-declaration

6 December 2018, Forest of Dean District Council, England, UK, population 86,000

Unanimously passed a motion to declare a climate emergency and make the Forest of Dean District Council and the district carbon neutral by 2030.
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Extract from the resolution:

Full Council calls on Council to:
1. Declare a ‘Climate Emergency’;
2. Aim to make the Forest of Dean District Council and the district carbon neutral by 2030, taking into account both production and consumption emissions (scope 1, 2 and 3), Ref 4
3. Call on the Government and other relevant organisations and partners to provide the powers, resources and funding to successfully meet the 2030 target;
4. Subject to receiving the necessary powers, resources and funding to:
a) Work with other councils and organisations (both within the UK and internationally) to determine and implement best practice methods to limit Global Warming to less than 1.5C; and
b) Ask the Leader to initiate work with partners across the district, county and region to help deliver carbon neutrality through all relevant strategies and plans.
5. As a first step, to actively investigate using a local green energy company as the Council’s energy provider.

See the full minutes related to this motion.

10 December 2018, Ladock Parish Council, England, UK, population 1,513

Passed a motion to accept there is a climate emergency, to be carbon neutral by 2030, and to set up a climate change sub-committee. Full minutes can be downloaded here.

12 December 2018, Greater London Authority, England, UK, population 8,174,000

The Mayor of London accepted the recommendation from the London Assembly to declare a climate emergency and make London a zero carbon city by 2030.
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Motion passed by the London Assembly on 6 December 2018:

This Assembly notes that the IPCC’s Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C, published in October 2018, describes the enormous harm that a 2°C rise is likely to cause compared with a 1.5°C rise, and confirms that limiting Global Warming to 1.5°C may still be possible with ambitious action from national and sub-national authorities and others.

This Assembly notes the Mayor’s climate change mitigation and adaptation responsibilities and recognises that he aims to make London a zero-carbon city by 2050 and would welcome further ambitious steps.

We welcome action by Bristol city council and other city councils around the world to declare and commit resources to tackling a ‘Climate Emergency’.

We urge the Mayor to declare a Climate Emergency, supported by specific emergency plans with the actions needed to make London carbon neutral by 2030, call on government to give him the powers and funding to make this possible and, as vice chair of the C40 Cities network, to be a leader on this agenda.

The Mayor had previously committed to making London a zero carbon city by 2050. See his 1.5C Compatible Plan (December 2018) outlining getting to zero carbon by 2050.

13 December 2018, Stroud District Council, England, UK, population 116,627

The Stroud District Council endorsed the Climate Emergency Declaration passed on 16 November 2018 by the council’s Environment Committee. See the Stroud Action Plan.
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Excerpt from the resolution:

The Committee resolves:
To ask Stroud District Council to endorse the ‘Climate Emergency’ announced by the administration on 16 November 2018 and pledge to do everything within the Council’s power to make Stroud District carbon neutral by 2030.

To recommend to the Strategy and Resources Committee that initial funding of £200,000 from the business rate pilot gain, (expected to be a minimum of £500,000, and which has not been included in the base budget for expenditure) is ring-fenced to support scoping and delivery of the Stroud District Carbon Neutral 2030 Commitment.
These funds will support action:
1. To set out a Plan of Action, including clear targets and transparent reporting, to develop District wide Locally Determined Contributions to complement National Determined Contributions in line with the Paris Agreement to limit global warming to 1.5C.

See full text of the agenda item passed by the Environment Committee and endorsed by Council:
Stroud agenda-13-december-2018

13 December 2018, Brighton and Hove City Council, England, UK, population 273,369

Unanimously passed a climate and biodiversity emergency motion.

PROGRESS SO FAR:
1. Then, on 31 January 2019, in response to an Extinction Rebellion petition, Council passed another motion to release a statement about this publicly and ensure it committed to 2030 for whole city carbon neutrality.

2. On 1 March 2019 it was reported here that £500,000 which was earmarked for the redevelopment of Brighton Town Hall will now be used for investment in “sustainability and carbon reduction”. Labour leader Daniel Yates said: “We need to deal with the climate emergency facing the city and create a fund for those who wish to fight climate change.”
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Excerpt from December 2018 proposal:

Further to this, Council:
(1) Declares its recognition of global climate and biodiversity emergencies;
(2) Requests the Policy, Resources & Growth Committee to:
– undertake a short review of BHCC governance policies and progress aimed at addressing locally these twin threats and to report on findings;
– consider a target date of 2030 for whole city carbon neutrality;
– consider how the Council can strengthen local protection and enhancement of species, habitats and ecosystems services under available powers;
(3) Request the Chief Executive to write to the Chancellor of the Exchequer stating
the concern of the Council with respect to the above, the likely national impact on
the economy and on the wellbeing of citizens, and requesting government funding be made available to implement swift appropriate actions in response.

See the Brighton and Hove City motion

17 December 2018, Oswestry Town Council, England, UK, population 17,105

Oswestry Town Council accepted that there is a climate emergency and resolved to become carbon-neutral by 2030.
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The council resolved to complete a carbon audit and action plan to deliver sustained reductions in its carbon footprint, require reports to identify the impact of any proposals on its carbon footprint, and to form a working party to encourage the people of Oswestry to reduce carbon emissions and “become more resilient to climate change”.

[No minutes available yet]

17 December 2018, Machynlleth Town Council, Wales, UK, population 2,235

17th December 2018, Machynlleth Town Council unanimously responded to a 500+ signature petition calling for a Climate Emergency to be declared by passing a motion to support the request.
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They went on to:

1. Declare a ‘Climate Emergency’;
2. Launch an inclusive consultation to develop an action plan over the next 6 months to:
· make Machynlleth net-zero carbon as soon as possible;
· increase local resilience to climate impacts;
· maximise local benefits of these actions in other sectors such as health, agriculture, transport and the economy;
3. Call on Wales and UK Government to provide the support and resources to make this possible;
4. Work with other local areas, particularly the community councils and other partners in the Dyfi Biosphere;
5. Report within six months with the actions the town can take to address this emergency, for example increasing the energy efficiency of the Plas, or working with the town’s purchasing policy;
6. Agreed to discuss with Renew Wales how they might support this process.

18 December 2018, Langport Town Council, England, UK, population 2,872

Langport Town Council unanimously passed a motion to acknowledge the Climate Emergency and commit to attempt carbon neutrality by 2030.
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Recommendations:

1. Declare a ‘Climate Emergency’ This will help to raise the profile of this vital issue and secure external support and funding.
2. Pledge to support Langport to become carbon neutral by 2030;
3. Call on Westminster and other Governmental authorities to provide the powers and resources to make the 2030 target possible
4. Sign up to the Covenant of Mayors;
5. Engage with local groups and businesses to develop a plan of action and report back to council in six months time.

Resolution:

It is proposed that Langport Town Council acknowledges the climate emergency and will work with the relevant community groups to champion becoming a carbon neutral community by 2030.

7 January 2019, Scarborough Borough Council, England, UK, population 107,902

A meeting of full council passed a Greens motion to declare a Climate Emergency and commit to attempt carbon neutrality by 2030.
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Tory Scarborough commits to carbon neutral by 2030

Text of the full motion.

The motion commits the borough council to:

1. Declare a ‘Climate Emergency’;
2. Pledge to do everything within the Council’s power to make the Borough of Scarborough carbon neutral by 2030.
3. Call on Westminster to provide the powers and resources to make the 2030 target possible;
4. Work with other governments (both within the UK and internationally) to determine and implement best practice methods to limit Global Warming to less than 1.5°C;
5. Continue to work with partners across the borough and region to deliver this new goal through all relevant strategies and plans;
6. Submit a bid as part of the Council’s budget setting process for an additional £80,000 to fund a ‘Sustainability’ Officer Post for a two year period to champion the scoping and delivery of the Borough Council’s Carbon Neutral 2030 commitment.

15 January 2019, Bradford District Council, England, UK, population 534,300

See details of the Bradford Climate Emergency Declaration motion.
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The resolution text:

Council therefore:

1) joins London, Bristol, Manchester and other UK local authorities in declaring a ‘Climate Emergency’;

2) commits to becoming a carbon-neutral organisation by 2030 (including Scope 1, Scope 2 and Scope 3 emissions as defined by the Greenhouse Gas Protocol);

3) requests that the Leader of Council reports back to Council within six months with an Action Plan and ‘roadmap’ to ensure that Bradford Council becomes a carbon-neutral organisation by 2030;

4) requests that the Leader of Council reports back to Council within six months with detailed information about how the Council will work with partners across the Leeds City Region and with central government to seek to ensure that Bradford District’s net carbon emissions (Scope 1, Scope 2 and Scope 3) are reduced by 90% by 2030 compared to 2005 levels;

5) requests that the Chief Executive establishes a ‘Bradford District Climate Change Board’ before the end of 2019, equivalent to that of Manchester, to underpin our efforts to decarbonise Bradford District;

6) requests that the Chief Executive writes to the government requesting (a) additional powers and funding to make our 2030 target possible and (b) that ministers work with other governments to ensure that the UK maximizes carbon reduction by 2030 in line with the overriding need to limit global warming to a maximum of 1.5°C.

15 January 2019, Hayward City Council, California, US, 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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15 January 2019, Stithians Parish Council, England, UK, population 2,101

Unanimously declared a Climate Emergency and set a carbon neutral target date of 2030.
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Full minutes are here.
Excerpt:

RESOLVED:
1. To declare a ‘climate emergency’;
2. To pledge to work towards making Stithians Parish carbon neutral by 2030, taking into account both production and consumption emissions;
3. To call on Westminster and Cornwall Council to provide the powers and resources to make the 2030 target possible;
4. To work with government to determine and implement best practice methods to limit Global Warming to less than 1.5⁰C;
5. To continue to work with partners across the parish of Stithians to deliver this new goal through all relevant strategies and plans;
6. To prepare, in conjunction with SEG, a report within 6 months stating the actions Stithians Parish Council will take to address this emergency.

16 January 2019, Kirklees Council, England, UK, population 423,000

See the full agenda item passed by the Kirklees Council.
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The resolution text:

We therefore resolve to:

1. Declare a Climate Emergency and publicise this to the people of Kirklees to raise awareness, and support the public to take effective action.

2. Request Cabinet initiate a full Environmental Audit of Kirklees Council to measure its carbon footprint, identify hotspots and work toward being carbon neutral in line with the latest targets set and agreed by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change; with Cabinet to report to the first meeting of the working party, referred to at 4 below on the scope of the environmental audit

3. Significantly improve our recycling rate to reach the target of 55% by 2025, and ask that the Cabinet implement a range of short term measures to improve recycling rates, in advance of a full review of the waste collection and disposal service.

4. To set up a Councillor Working Party including the appropriate Cabinet Lead with a remit to:

a) Commission and oversee the Environmental Audit

b) Consult expert opinion in the field, as appropriate

c) Identify practical measures to reduce emissions and the Council’s carbon footprint

d) encourage action in the wider community, businesses and other key organisations e.g. NHS and Educational Institutions

e) Report to Full Council within six months with an action plan to address the Emergency and incorporating proposals on the investment implications of this proposed activity

5. The Council to consider Environmental Impact as part of any new policy

6. The Council to seek to collaborate with other Local and Regional Authorities on emission reduction projects as appropriate. The Leader of the Council to write to the Minister of State for Climate Change and Industry requesting that national policy is urgently developed to reflect the seriousness of the current emergency and to release funds to local authorities that would allow them to take the necessary measures at local level.

16 January 2019, Vancouver City Council, British Columbia, Canada, population 631,490

Vancouver City Council unanimously passed the motion from Councillor Christine Boyle. See the media release.
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See the full text of the motion.
Excerpt:

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED
A. THAT Council recognize the breakdown of the stable climate and sea level under
which human civilization developed constitutes an emergency for the
City of Vancouver;
FURTHER THAT Council direct staff to report back within 90 days on
opportunities to:
i. increase ambition and/or accelerate timelines for existing actions under
the Renewable City Action Plan and Climate
Adaptation Strategy;
ii. add new actions to help the City achieve its targets;
iii. add new actions that would help reduce GHG emissions beyond the
scope of the City’s current climate targets; and
iv. Incorporate
into the City’s climate targets and actions the need to achieve
net zero carbon emissions before 2050 and net negative carbon emissions in the second half of the century.
B. THAT Council direct staff to establish a remaining carbon budget for corporate
and community emissions commensurate with limiting warming to 1.5ºC and
report annually on the expenditure of the City of Vancouver’s remaining carbon
budget.
C. THAT Council direct staff to establish a “Climate and Equity” working group to
provide guidance and support for the City’s efforts to transition off of fossil fuels
in ways the priorities those most vulnerable to climate impacts and most in need
of support in transitioning to renewable energy.

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

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

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

22 January 2019, Cornwall Council, England, UK, population 563,600

Cornwall Council (representing the entire Cornwall County) declared a Climate Emergency almost unanimously.

PROGRESS SO FAR:
1. February 20 update: started to take action with: “a total of £17 million is being invested from Highways England’s Cycling, Safety and Integration Designated Fund, alongside a further £2 million from Cornwall Council towards a comprehensive, high-quality off-road walking and cycling.”

2. March 1: The Council are currently allocating internal resources to begin the formulation of an action plan and are inviting the public to offer suggestions.
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Full minutes of the discussion and the final resolution are here.

3. Council set up contact page for residents to submit their questions, suggestions, and ideas about implementing Climate Emergency action.

RESOLVED that the Council
1. Declare a ‘climate emergency’.
2. Call on Westminster to provide the powers and resources necessary to achieve the target for Cornwall to become carbon neutral by 2030 and commit to work with other Councils with similar ambitions.
3. Provide adequate staff time and leadership to prepare a report within six months to establish how Cornwall can sufficiently reduce carbon emissions through energy efficiency, low-carbon fuels and investment in renewable energy and other Council strategies, plans and contracts within a timescale which is consistent with an ambition to restrain Global Warming to 1.5?C. This will draw together the actions Cornwall Council is already and will continue to take; and where possible, outline partners’ commitments to move towards a carbon neutral Cornwall by 2030.

23 January 2019, Milton Keynes Council, England, UK, population 229,941

Agenda is here.
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Excerpt:

That the Council agrees to:
(a) declare a ‘Climate Emergency’;
(b) fully support making Milton Keynes the World’s Greenest City;
(c) support the pledge to make Milton Keynes carbon neutral by 2030 and carbon negative by 2050;
(d) call on Central Government to work with local authorities to provide the powers and resources to make the ambitious targets possible;
(e) sign the Oxford City Clean Air Charter https://www.oxford.gov.uk/downloads/file/4867/charter_for_cleaner_air (Item 5 attached [Page 51]);
(f) continue to work with partners across the city, region nationally and internationally to deliver this new goal through all relevant strategies and plans;
(g) ask Cabinet to ensure that the resources are in place locally to ensure the ambitious targets in the Sustainability Strategy can be met;
(h) ask Cabinet to ensure the Sustainability Strategy Action Plan for the period 2019
– 2023, with clear and implementable actions, is brought forward as quickly as possible;
(i) arrange a Climate Emergency Conference in Milton Keynes this year to bring together local, regional, national and international agencies, business and stakeholders to help develop actions to ensure Milton Keynes can become the world’s greenest city; and
(j) ask Cabinet to report to Council annually on the progress made in this area.

23 January 2019, Lambeth Council, England, UK, population 324,431

Lambeth Council passed a Climate Emergency Declaration motion at a full council meeting.
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Agenda is here. Minutes coming soon.

23 January 2019, New Britain City Council, Connecticut, US, 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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24 January 2019, Leicester City Council, England, UK, population 329,839

Leicester Council declared a Climate Emergency.

28 January 2019, Oxford City Council, England, UK, population 150,200

Oxford City Council unanimously passed a Climate Emergency Declaration motion.
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The full motion is here.
Excerpt:

Council therefore agrees to:
1. Join other Councils in declaring a Climate Emergency;
2. Call on Westminster to provide the necessary powers and resources to make local action on climate change
easier;
3. Request Scrutiny to urgently review and make recommendations on revisions to the Council’s 2017-
2022 Carbon Management Plan in light of the recent IPCC report and the latest Oxford City Council data
(published August 2018). This should include the setting of an early carbon neutral target for the City
Council and a governance structure to ensure close monitoring of the Plan;
4. Continue to work with partners across the city and region to deliver widespread carbon reductions.

28 January 2019, Falmouth Town Council, England, UK, population 21,797

Declared a Climate Emergency as requested via an Extinction Rebellion petition to Council. Agenda is here. Minutes coming soon.

29 January 2019, Halifax Regional Council, Nova Scotia, Canada, population 403,130

In this case the motion is not quite as clear as others, but it is being reported that Halifax has joined other local councils in declaring a Climate Emergency. The motion is here.

29 January 2019, Norwich City Council, England, UK, population 141,300

Supporters of the original Climate Emergency Declaration motion regard the amended motion that was passed as being a failure, but the amended motion does meet our criteria for inclusion in the Google Map above.
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The original motion is below, but note that an amended motion was passed. ‘Declare a Climate Emergency’ was replaced with ‘Acknowledge the Climate Emergency’, and the 2030 target date was replaced with ‘as soon as possible’. It is thus on a par with motions passed by local councils in other countries where potential legal implications discourage use of ‘declare’, and inclusion of specific dates may be considered unnecessarily limiting.

Humans have caused irreversible climate change. The world is set to overshoot
the Paris Agreement’s 1.5°C limit. The recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report describes the enormous harm that a 2° rise in temperature is likely to cause, saying that limiting temperate rise to 1.5° may still be possible with ambitious action.
In order to limit the effects of Climate Breakdown, humans must urgently reduce our carbon equivalent emissions from their current 6.5 tonnes per person per year to less than 2 tonnes. Authorities around the world are declaring a ‘Climate Emergency’ and committing
resources to address this emergency.
Council RESOLVES to:
(1) Declare a ‘Climate Emergency’;
(2) Pledge to make the city of Norwich carbon neutral by 2030, taking into account both production and consumption emissions;
(3) Call on the Government to provide the powers and resources to make the 2030 target possible;
(4) Work with other local authorities to determine and implement best practice
methods to limit global warming to less than 1.5°C;
(5) Ask Cabinet to:
a) continue to work with partners across the city and region to deliver this
new goal through all relevant strategies and plans; and
b) report to Council within six months with the actions the Cabinet will
take to address this emergency.

29 January 2019, Santa Cruz County Council, California, US, 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.

30 January 2019, Lancaster City Council, England, UK, population 142,500

Lancaster City Council passed the motion unanimously. The motion, which was proposed by Labour party councillor Kevin Frea, was strongly supported by local youth, who gathered the 1,500 signatures necessary to force a debate in the council in just three days.

PROGRESS SO FAR:
March 2019: Convened a Climate & Environmental Emergency Conference for Councillors, Citizens & Experts, Young & Old, to come together and share ideas, experience, inspiration, information and actions from their local areas.
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Council will set up a Climate Change Cabinet Liaison group immediately, involving councillors, residents, young people and academics.

Text of the amended motion is here.

Excerpt:

We, the undersigned, therefore call on Lancaster City Council to:
1. Declare a ‘Climate Emergency’, which involves taking action outlined in the following clauses;
2. Support the setting up of a Climate Change Cabinet Liaison group immediately, involving Councillors, residents, young citizens and experts from the two Universities and other relevant parties. Over the following 12 months, the Group will review the 2010 Lancaster City Council Climate Change Strategy and help the Council develop a new carbon budget taking into account both production and consumption of emissions;
• Call on the UK Government to provide the powers, resources and help with funding to make this possible;
• Draw upon the observations, insights and reports of the Citizens’ Assembly;
• Review the Council’s Investment Strategy to give due weight to Climate Change targets in the Investment portfolio;
• Report to Full Council prior to the next budget cycle with a fully costed action plan to address this emergency to feed into the 2020 budget;

3. Request that the Cabinet member with responsibility for Climate Change, working with the Climate Change Cabinet Liaison group, convenes a Citizens’ Assembly in 2019 in order to help identify how the Council’s activities might be made net-zero carbon by 2030;

30 January 2019, Calderdale Borough Council, England, UK, population 208,402

Declared a Climate Emergency.
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Full text of motion is at the bottom of this page.
Excerpt:

This Council therefore:
– Declares a Climate Emergency;
– Notes that the Council and Borough are on course to meet their 2020
CO2 reduction target of 40%;
– Notes that our current targets are inadequate to respond to the
challenge of keeping global temperature rises below 1.5c.
ThIs Council Requests that:
(a) the Cabinet set up a Calderdale Climate Change Committee to respond to
this challenge, that meets in public with wide representation including from all
party groups;
(b) the Cabinet through this Committee sets a new target and action plan for
Calderdale to be carbon neutral;
(c) resolves to work with other local authorities and West Yorkshire Combined
Authority on carbon reduction projects to ensure the UK is able to deliver on its
climate commitments; and
(d) Council calls on the Government to provide the resources and powers so
that Calderdale can make its contribution to the Uk’s Carbon Reduction targets.

4 February 2019, City of Richmond Council, British Columbia, Canada, population 198,310

The General Purposes Committee (which includes the Mayor and all Councillors) declared a Climate Emergency and referred specific actions to staff for a response within 6 weeks. Full minutes are here.
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The two parts of the resolution that passed were:

That the City of Richmond declare a climate emergency as climate change is a serious and urgent threat.

and

That the following be referred to staff:

As staff review our commitment to the Blue Dot initiative, that, a report be prepared within six months with respect to our municipal climate action plan so that it will be updated with strategies and actions with respect to the climate emergency as outlined by the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in their October 2018 report. Richmond City Council will take leadership as our municipality faces immediate threats from sea level rise and coastal weather extremes. Food insecurity, low elevation geography, proximity to earthquake faults, and reliance on energy demanding pump-stations, are a few notable vulnerabilities. It is time to go beyond acknowledgement.

Direction to staff will include:

(1) accelerated emissions targets to shorten our timeline of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

(2) recommendations to achieve a whole city that is net zero carbon emissions, net zero waste, food self-sufficient and a rapid transition to an energy self-sufficient future.

(3) collaboration with the cities of Vancouver, Halifax, London, and Los Angeles, who have recently passed similar declarations of climate emergency.

6 February 2019, Sheffield City Council, England, UK, population 577,800

The vast majority of the council (minus one UKIP councillor) agreed that we are in a ‘Climate Emergency’ and that councillors want to work together on cross party action.
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Excerpt from the resolution:

therefore declares unequivocally that our city, country and planet are facing a CLIMATE EMERGENCY;

Full motion is here.

7 February 2019, Edinburgh City Council, Scotland, UK, population 513,210

Passed a ‘Climate Emergency 2030’ motion.
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The motion:

9.4 By Councillor Burgess – Climate Emergency 2030
Council;
1) Notes the recent United Nations IPCC report advising that climatechanging pollution must be very significantly reduced over the next 11 years to 2030, in order to prevent global average temperatures increasing beyond 1.5 degrees C and to reduce irreversible,
catastrophic impacts of climate change;
2) Notes that other local authorities, including Bristol, Scarborough and the London Assembly, have responded to the UN report by declaring a Climate Emergency and setting targets and action plans in-line with the reduction of climate-changing pollution necessary;
3) Notes the draft Climate Bill going through the Scottish Parliament that will require local authorities to act in accordance with increased targets for reducing climate-changing pollution by at least 90% by 2050 and also the pressure to increase this target to zero carbon by 2050;
4) Further notes the first conclusion from the recent Sustainability Audit by of Professor Andy Kerr of the ECCI that:
‘The City of Edinburgh Council has an unprecedented opportunity to set Edinburgh on a course that will deliver rapid improvements in social and economic wellbeing for its citizens, as well as meeting stretching climate and environmental targets. This would put Edinburgh at the forefront of global cities’.
5) Therefore calls Council to address these concerns within Council’s reponse to professor Kerr’s Audit due for consideration at the Corporate Policy and Strategy Committee in May. This report should include a climate Emergency 2030 target in line with the latest UN IPCC advice on remaining within a global average temperature rise of 1.5 degress C above pre-industrial levels, an assessment of emissions form the 1990s to date and an action plan setting how this, and further ambitions, can be achieved.

13 February 2019, Tywyn Town Council, Wales, UK, population 3,264

The town council for Tywyn in North Wales voted unanimously to declare a Climate Emergency. This was in response to a motion put forward by local group, Greener Tywyn, supported by 703 signatures from local residents including 188 from the town’s high school students (age 11 – 16).
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Minutes of the meeting are not available yet, but the petition to Tywyn Town Council asked:

We, the undersigned, therefore call for a motion on the Tywyn Town Council agenda of 13th February 2019 to:
1. Declare a ‘Climate Emergency’;
2. Support a community-led consultation enabled by Greener Tywyn Gwyrdd to develop an action plan to:
• reduce Tywyn’s Greenhouse gas emissions to net zero as soon as possible;
• make Tywyn more resilient to climate impacts (eg strong winds/higher tides/drought);
• maximise local benefits of these actions in other sectors such as health, agriculture, transport and the economy;
3. Call on Wales and UK Government to provide the support and resources to make this possible;
4. Work with other local organisations, particularly the community councils and other partners in the area.
5. Discuss with Renew Wales how they might support this process.

13 February 2019, Capital Regional District (CRD), British Columbia, Canada, population 383,360

The CRD board heard from numerous citizens in the public gallery and voted unanimously in favour of the Climate Emergency Declaration. The district will ask local governments in the region to also declare climate emergencies and work towards carbon neutrality in the next 11 years.
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Excerpt:

1. That the Capital Regional District Board declare a Climate Emergency;
2. That the CRD take a leadership role to work towards achieving carbon neutrality in the region by 2030;
3. That the Board Chair write to all local governments in the region requesting that they also declare climate emergencies and commit to working towards climate neutrality by 2030;
4. ….

Full minutes are here.

13 February 2019, Vale of White Horse District Council, England, UK, population 126,663

Another Oxfordshire council
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In light of the above, the Council therefore agrees to:

1. Join other councils in declaring a Climate Emergency;

2. Ask the leader to write to the Secretary of State requesting that they provide the necessary powers and resources to make local action on climate change easier;

3. Request that, in light of the recent IPCC report and the latest Vale of White Horse District Council data (published June 2018), officers review the council’s Climate Change Strategy and Carbon Management Plan with the aim of bringing a report to Cabinet in the autumn of 2019, after consideration by Scrutiny. The review should include the option of adopting an early carbon neutral target for the Vale, and proposals for regular reporting to Scrutiny Committee the progress with the strategy and plan;

4. Ask officers to ensure that as the council’s policies are routinely reviewed, specific consideration is given to how policies, and our related decisions and actions, affect our contribution to climate change, and where necessary, update these policies to reduce our impact wherever possible;

5. Ask officers to provide the cost and the most appropriate training for members and officers about how to promote carbon neutral policies for future consideration by Cabinet;

4. Continue to work with partners across the district, county and wider region to deliver widespread carbon reductions.

See full agenda item here.

13 February 2019, Glastonbury Town Council, England, UK, population 8,932

Glastonbury Town Council declared a ‘Climate Emergency’ and pledged to make the operation of Council carbon neutral by 2030; with cross-party support for the Climate Emergency Motion proposed and seconded by Green Councillors Lindsay MacDougall and Jon Cousins.
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Climate Emergency Motion:

In light of the Intergovernmental Panel on Global Warming’s 2018 special report on Climate Change – warning of the dire consequences of a 1.5 degree rise in global temperatures, and highlighting the need for rapid, far-reaching, and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society – this Council declares a ‘Climate Emergency’ and will:
1) continue to show foresight and leadership when it comes to addressing the issue of Climate Change, having adopted an Environmental Charter, opposed fracking in the Mendips and throughout the UK, installed solar panels on the Town Hall roof, and banned single use plastics;
2) pledge to make the operation of Glastonbury Town Council carbon neutral by 2030, taking into account both production and consumption emissions.

18 February 2019, Cheltenham Borough Council, England, UK, population 117,100

From the motion preamble: ‘The consequences of global temperature rising above 1.5°C are so
severe that preventing this from happening must be humanity’s number one priority’

PROGRESS SO FAR:
7 March 2019: increased car parking charges to encourage use of more sustatinable transport
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Full motion text is here.

The resolution:

Full Council calls on the Cabinet to:
Declare a ‘Climate Emergency’;
Pledge to make Cheltenham carbon neutral by 2030, taking into account both production and consumption emissions;
Call on Westminster to provide the powers and resources to make the 2030 target possible;
Work with other governments (both within the UK and internationally) to determine and implement best practice methods to limit Global Warming to less than 1.5°C;
Continue to work with partners across the town, county and region to deliver this new goal through all relevant strategies and plans;
Report to Full Council within six months with the actions the Council will take to address this emergency.

18 February 2019, Chard Town Council, England, UK, population 11,727

Chard Town Council supported a motion tabled by Dave Bulmer to declare a Climate Emergency and set the wheels in motion to make Chard Carbon Neutral by 2028.

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

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

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

19 February 2019, North Somerset District Council, England, UK, population 212,800

This Conservative-controlled council unanimously backed a call to target zero carbon by 2030 and declare a climate Emergency.
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See Motion 6 here.
Excerpt:

This council will:
Declare that it recognises a ‘Climate Emergency’.
Take active steps to make North Somerset carbon neutral by 2030, taking into account both production and consumption emissions.
Call on Westminster to provide the powers and resources to make the 2030 target possible.
Set up a cross-party Working Group to bring forward proposals and work with partners across the region to deliver this new goal through all relevant strategies and plans.
Report to Full Council every six months with the actions the Council will take to address this emergency.

19 February 2019, City of Edmundston, New Brunswick, Canada, population 16,580

The first council in New Brunswick to declare a Climate Emergency. Edmundston has signed the same French-language declaration as towns and cities in Quebec. See the English translation of that declaration here.

19 February 2019, South Gloucestershire Council, England, UK, population 279,000

South Gloucestershire Council unanimously voted to recognise “a serious global climate challenge emergency” and to take steps to address it.

20 February 2019, Carmarthenshire County Council, Wales, UK, population 185,600

The 4th Welsh Council and the 2nd Welsh county-level council to declare a Climate Emergency.
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Full agenda item is here.
Excerpt:

Therefore, we propose that Carmarthenshire County Council

1. Declare a Climate Emergency

2. Commit to making Carmarthenshire County Council a net zero carbon local authority by 2030

3. Develop a clear plan for a route towards being net zero carbon within 12 months

4. Call on Welsh and UK Governments to provide the necessary support and resources to enable effective carbon reductions

5. Work with Public Services Board and Swansea Bay City Deal partners to develop exciting opportunities to deliver carbon savings

6. Collaborate with experts from the private sector and 3rd sectors to develop innovative solutions to becoming net zero carbon.

20 February 2019, Somerset County Council, England, UK, population 555,200

Another county-level council, this time a Conservative one in England. In declaring a climate emergency, the Council recognised the scale and urgency of the global challenge posed by climate change as defined by the latest Special Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

20 February 2019, Basel City Council, Switzerland, population 171,513

First continental European city to declare a Climate Emergency. See original text here.
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Google translation of the resolution that was passed with a two-thirds majority:

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

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

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

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

20 February 2019, Durham County Council, England, UK, population 862,600

Declared a Climate Emergency, and adopted a target to reduce carbon emissions by 60 per cent by 2030 and to investigate actions to make County Durham ‘carbon neutral’ by 2050.
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Full agenda text is here.
Excerpt:

Full Council agrees to:
1. Declare a ‘Climate Emergency’;

2. Immediately adopt a new Durham County Council target of 60% by 2030 making significant progress towards making Durham County Council and County Durham carbon neutral taking into account both production and consumption emissions;

3. Investigate what further actions are necessary to make County Durham Carbon Neutral by 2050 and pledge to achieve this;

4. Call on Westminster to provide the powers and resources to make the 2030 and 2050 targets possible;

5. Work with other agencies and bodies (both within the UK and internationally) to determine and implement best practice methods to limit Global Warming to less than 1.5°C;

6. Continue to work with partners across the county and region to identify opportunities for innovation, develop clean industries and a green economy and ensuring we have the right infrastructure for our communities to deliver on these new targets through all relevant strategies and plans;

7. Report to Full Council within six months with the actions the Council will need to take to achieve the new 2030 target and supply an initial report on what actions would be required to achieve a carbon neutral County Durham by 2050.

21 February 2019, Somerset West and Taunton Council, England, UK, population 149,800

Councillor Dave Mansell’s motion to declare a climate emergency was unanimously agreed by the Shadow Full Council for Somerset West and Taunton, which will soon take over as the new district authority.
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Full motion text is here.
Excerpt:

Shadow Full Council resolves:
1.To declare a climate emergency.
2.With partners across the district and region, to start working towards making Somerset West and Taunton carbon neutral by 2030, taking into accountemissions from both production and consumption.
3.To call on the UK Government to provide guidance and the powers and resources to make carbon neutrality possibleby writing to local MPs, the Secretaries of State for Business Energy & Industrial Strategy, Transport, Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and Housing, Communities & Local Government.
4.To develop a Carbon Neutrality and Climate Resilience Plan, starting fromJuly 2019, with a cross party working groupand the necessary officer support to assist with investigative work, drafting the plan and the delivery of early projects.
5.To report to Full Council before the end of2019 with costedproposals for projects for the Council to effectively start addressingthe climateemergency…

21 February 2019, Cambridge City Council, England, UK, population 123,867

Following a petition which attracted the signatures of over 2,000 local residents, Council declared a Climate Emergency but with a 2050 zero carbon target rather than the 2030 target in the original motion.
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Full text of minutes here.
Excerpt:

This council declares a climate emergency and we:
Will continue to reduce the council’s building and fleet emissions through developing and investing in carbon reduction projects and we will update our Carbon Management Plan regularly.
Will continue to support residents and businesses in Cambridge to reduce their emissions using the powers and funding currently available to the council.
Will establish a Cambridge Climate Charter calling on all organisations, businesses and individuals in the city to each establish their own Carbon Management Plans and to commit to reducing their carbon emissions which will help us to work towards our city’s net carbon-zero aspiration.
Will continue to work with the Greater Cambridge Partnership and Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority to promote sustainable transport.
Will establish a Clean Air Zone in Cambridge

21 February 2019, Devon County Council, England, UK, population 1,185,500

Declared a Climate Emergency. An amendment asking for a 2030 zero carbon target was defeated.
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Full text of minutes (Item 185) is here.

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(a) the Council reaffirms its recognition of the scale and urgency of the global challenge from climate change, as documented by the latest Special Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and declares a climate emergency; and
(b) mandates the Environmental Performance Board to review and recommend what further corporate approaches can be taken through the DCC Climate Change Strategy and Corporate Energy Policy and to facilitate stronger Devon-wideaction through collaboration at a strategic, community and individual level.

21 February 2019, Powell River Council, British Columbia, Canada, population 13,157

4th city in British Columbia to declare a Climate Emergency.
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Motions are here.

Motion 1: That Council join other Cities across Canada in declaring a Climate State of Emergency.
Motion 2: Request staff to prepare a report with recommendations returning to Council within 90 days including but not limited to:
– Outlining the greatest threats to the City of Powell River (both corporate and community) with respect to climate change impacts regarding estimated sea level rise, wildfire threats, increased flooding events, potential contamination of the water shed, and other immediate perceived threats;
– Begin discussions between the 3 governments (City, tla’amin & qathet RD) for establishing an advisory committee for disaster & emergency response planning with the Regional Manager of Emergency Services taking the lead;
– Establish a “Climate Action Plan 2020 and Beyond” for a carbon neutral City of Powell River;
– Begin tracking the financial implications of climate change impacts not only in the City’s Asset Management Plans but in all City departments.
– Become carbon neutral in the City’s corporate operations from 2019 and beyond.

25 February 2019, Mendip District Council, England, UK, population 111,724

Full Council passed a Climate and Ecological Emergency Motion put forward by Green Party Cllr Shane Collins ‘to Declare a Climate and Ecological Emergency’. It was passed with cross party support having been seconded by Ros Wyke, leader of the Lib Dems and supported by the Conservatives, with two abstentions.
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Full Council calls on Mendip District Council to:
1. Declare a ‘Climate and Ecological Emergency’;
2. Pledge to make the district of Mendip carbon neutral by 2030, taking into account both production and consumption emissions (scope 1, 2 and 3)5;
3. Call on Westminster to provide the powers and resources to make the 2030 target possible;
4. Work with other councils and governments to determine and implement best practice methods to limit Global Warming to less than 1.5°C;
5. Continue to work with partners across the district and region to deliver this new goal through all relevant strategies and plans;
6. Submit a bid as part of the Council’s budget setting process for an additional £80,000 to fund a ‘Sustainability’ Officer Post for a two year period to champion the scoping and delivery of the District Council’s Climate Emergency 2030 commitment.
7. Report to Full Council every six months with the actions the Council will take to address this emergency.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

26 February 2019, Wiltshire Council, England, UK, population 435,000

The Executive had initially turned down the proposition of going carbon neutral by 2030, but the motion was eventually passed by 36 to 32 with lots of abstentions. The campaign was led by the Lib Dems who have 20 seats on the Council.
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Full Council calls on the Cabinet to:
1. Acknowledge that there is a ‘Climate Emergency’.
2. Pledge to make the County of Wiltshire carbon neutral by 2030.
3. Requests and supports the work of Overview and Scrutiny to set up a task group of the
Environment Select Committee to develop recommendations and a plan to achieve this pledge
along with undertaking a carbon / renewables audit.
4. Call on Westminster to provide the powers and resources to make the 2030 target possible.
5. Work with other local government authorities (both within the UK and internationally) to
determine and implement best practice methods to limit Global Warming to less than 1.5°C.
6. Continue to work with partners in the private sector and civil society across the County and region to deliver this new goal through all relevant strategies and plans.
7. Report to Full Council on a six-monthly basis with the actions the Council is taking and will take to address this emergency and reporting these against the Carbon / Renewables Baseline audit.

26 February 2019, Reading Borough Council, England, UK, population 163,100

Unanimously passed a motion that began with, ‘Reading Borough Council (RBC) believes the world is now clearly in the midst of a climate emergency and that more concerted and urgent action is needed at local, national and international level to protect our planet for future generations’. Full text is here.

26 February 2019, South Lakeland District Council, England, UK, population 103,454

Voted unanimously in support of a motion ‘confirming’ the Climate Emergency.
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Full text here. Scroll down to Item (2).
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Council confirms that we are facing a climate emergency.
Council now urges government to recognise this urgency and to work with local authorities, health services, businesses, consumers, farmers, educational institutions and all other interested bodies to reduce to zero as quickly as possible our carbon emissions and their equivalents.

26 February 2019, St Neots Town Council, England, UK, population 31,165

Voted unanimously to declare a Climate Emergency and to set up a working party of 8 people to begin investigating how to become carbon-neutral by 2030, with not only Councillors but also interested members of the public in the working party.

27 February 2019, Lewisham Council, England, UK, population 292,000

Lewisham Council became the second London borough to declare a climate emergency and will now set about reorganizing its work and priorities to deliver a carbon neutral borough by 2030.
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Lewisham Council resolves to:
1. Declare a ‘climate emergency’
2. Recognise that a changing climate will have severe and enduring social, economic
and environmental implications, and that tackling climate change is an issue of inequality
as the greatest impact will be on the most vulnerable and those least able to protect
themselves.
Call on the Mayor and Cabinet to:
1. Pledge to do everything within their power to make Lewisham carbon neutral by 2030.
2. Launch a review to report to on delivering a Zero-Carbon Lewisham including:
• Publishing a new Lewisham Action Plan on Climate Change, with an interim draft
ready for scrutiny by the Sustainable Development Select Committee and Mayor &
Cabinet before the end of the municipal year 2019/20.
• Setting specific and measurable targets to reduce carbon emissions for the Council
and for the borough as a whole, including costed milestones to zero-carbon;
• Consider systematically the climate change impact of each area of the Council’s
activities;
• Increase local resilience to climate impacts already in the system.
3. Task an Executive Director with responsibility for reducing the carbon emissions
resulting from the Council’s activities as rapidly as possible, and ensuring a coordinated
approach across housing, our corporate estate, transport, regeneration, planning and
other services.
4. Continue to prioritise support for vulnerable residents through the Council’s fuel poverty
programmes working with partners at a community, borough wide and regional level to
provide advice services and access to funding for heating, insulation and ventilation.
5. Accelerate existing programmes to deliver reductions in greenhouse gas emissions
including delivery of heat networks in the borough, low carbon development and high
quality housing, an efficient and low carbon corporate estate and support for renewables
and for community energy.
6. Work with partner bodies across the borough and across London to ensure the climate
emergency is adequately reflected in the development and implementation of all borough
wide strategies and plans.
7. Reaffirm Lewisham’s membership of UK100, and use our membership to work with
other councils across the UK to meet climate change targets.
8. Draw up a communications strategy to support delivery of a Zero-Carbon Lewisham
and enable Lewisham residents to make low carbon choices.
9. Call on the UK Government to provide the powers and resources to make this possible.

27 February 2019, Liestal, Switzerland, population 14,303

See news article here. See the declaration here.

27 February 2019, Ards and North Down Borough Council, Northern Ireland, UK, population 156,672

Ards and North Down Borough Council passed Northern Ireland’s first Climate Emergency motion. Led by Green Party councillors Rachel Woods and Barry McKee, the motion was agreed without changes in a full meeting of the Council chamber.
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Full details pp38-43 here.
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16.8.Notice of Motion submitted by Councillor Woods and Councillor McKee
That this Council notes the recent IPCC report on the impacts of climate breakdown;
agrees that drastic and far-reaching measures must be taken across society to try and mitigate the risks and declares a ‘Climate Emergency’.
It establishes a working group to assess the impact of the activities of Ards and North Down Borough Council on greenhouse gas emissions, exploring what mitigation measures can be put in place as a matter of urgency. This would include bringing the issues of climate breakdown to the fore in the local community and businesses, as well as formulating a climate adaptation plan.

27 February 2019, Welshpool Town Council, Wales, UK, population 6,664

Declared a Climate Emergency and council’s Strategy and Policies Committee will now draw up a list of priorities to help move towards Welshpool being a net-zero carbon producer as soon as possible.
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Full details in Appendix B here.
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Motion.That Welshpool Town Council:
1.Declare a ‘Climate Emergency’;
2.Take action to improve the Town Councils own practices to reduce our own contribution to Climate Change. See attached document. TownCouncil Action plan for Declaration of a Climate Emergency (This document is to be referred to the Strategy and Policies Committee for completion)
3.Take action to;
*help move towards Welshpool being a net-zero carbon producer as soon as possible;
*increase local resilience to climate impacts;
*maximise local benefits of these actions in other sectors such as health, agriculture, transport and the economy;
4.Call on Wales and UK Government to provide the support and resources to make this possible;
5.Work with other organisations, such as Renew Wales, other Community Councils and Local businesses to help counter climate change

28 February 2019, City of Chico, California, US, population 6,664

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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4 March 2019, Kington Town Council, England, UK, population 3,240

Notified by email from the Town Clerk the motion was passed. The agenda item is here.

5 March 2019, Kingston City Council, Ontario, Canada, population 161,175

City council unanimously voted to declare a climate emergency.
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Full agenda is here.
The motion:

Moved by Councillor Kiley
Seconded by Councillor Neill
– Whereas climate change is currently contributing to billions of dollars in property and infrastructure damage worldwide, stressing local and international economies;
– Whereas climate change is currently jeopardizing the health and survival of many species and other natural environments worldwide, stressing local and international ecosystems;
– Whereas climate change is currently harming human populations through rising sea levels and other extraordinary phenomena like intense wildfires worldwide, stressing local and international communities;
– Whereas recent international research has indicated a need for massive reduction in carbon emissions in the next 11 years to avoid further and devastating economic, ecological, and societal loss;
– Whereas an emergency can be defined as “an often dangerous situation requiring immediate action”;
Therefore be it resolved, that the City of Kingston, officially declare a climate emergency for the purposes of naming, framing, and deepening our commitment to protecting our economy, our ecosystems, and our community from climate change.

5 March 2019, Carlisle City Council, England, UK, population 108,300

The Climate Emergency Motion was passed, but the Conservatives abstained, saying that they weren’t going to vote for a motion that was “undeliverable and uncosted”. The Council Labour leader Colin Glover said “it’s rightly ambitious. it is much better to go for a very ambitious target and try to achieve that than simply trot along for the next 10 to 15 years and think look we got plenty of time”.
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Full text is here.
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Carlisle City Council is committed to reducing carbon emissions, both as an organisation and as the Local Planning Authority and resolves to go further than the UK100 Agreement and to act in line with the scientific consensus that we must reduce emissions to net zero by 2030, and therefore commits to:

Declare a ‘Climate Emergency’ that requires urgent action.

Make the Council’s activities net-zero carbon by 2030

Ensure that all strategic decisions, budgets and approaches to planning decisions are in line with a shift to zero carbon by 2030.

Support and work with all other relevant agencies towards making the Carlisle district Zero Carbon within the same timescale;

Achieve 100% clean energy across Carlisle City Council’s full range of functions by 2030

Convene a citizens assembly in 2019 to oversee and feed into the development of related action plans and budgets

5 March 2019, Bedford Borough Council, England, UK, population 169,900

Passed a motion declaring a Climate Emergency and committed to identifying actions needed to achieve a 2030 carbon neutrality target.
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Motion details are here.

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That the Executive consider, and if satisfied, agree to:
– Commit to continuing our drive for greater efficiency and sustainability at the council as exemplified by the wide array of actions the council has taken and continues to take.
– Recognise the whole Council’s responsibility to tackle climate change
– Consider actions available for Bedford Borough Council to reach carbon neutral status by 2030
– Declare a Climate Emergency
– Pledge to work with other councils and encourage them to also declare a Climate Emergency
– Work with local MPs to call on the UK parliament to provide Bedford Borough Council (BBC) and other councils with the powers and resources to make the 2030 target possible

7 March 2019, Gwynedd Council, Wales, UK, population 123,600

This county council declared a Climate Emergency.
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Full motion text is Item 16c here.
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This Council therefore resolves to:
Do our utmost to ensure that the county remains a vibrant, viable and sustainable home for our children and their children for generations to come. We will do this by:

· Declaring a Climate emergency

· Commit to taking decisive action to reduce carbon emissions and strive for a zero-carbon future.

· Look for innovative means to achieve zero carbon targets

· Report back within 6 months on positive steps the Council have taken to reduce carbon emissions.

7 March 2019, Rushcliffe Borough Council, England, UK, population 114,474

Declaration by yet another conservative-controlled council.
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Agenda is here.

In the light of the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, declaring a climate emergency, Rushcliffe Borough Council will evaluate the implications of the report and review its 2010 Carbon Management Plan. The review should be undertaken by a relevant scrutiny group, and their findings shall be considered by the Cabinet by no later than March 2020. This Council calls upon the designated scrutiny group to consider the Council setting a carbon neutral target to be achieved by 2030. The commitment to review and implement a refreshed target should also be integrated into the Council’s commitment and leadership to parish councils, business and strategic partners, to deliver widespread carbon reductions across the borough. Rushcliffe Borough Council will continue to call on the Government to provide the necessary powers and resources to make local action on climate change easier.

Councillor S Mallender

7 March 2019, Bideford Town Council, England, UK, population 17,107

Motion to declare a Climate Emergency and become carbon neutral by 2030 passed with just one abstention.

8 March 2019, Herefordshire Council, England, UK, population 191,000

Declaration by yet another conservative-controlled council.
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Agenda is here.
Excerpt:

That this Council resolves to declare its recognition of the climate emergency and calls on the executive to:
a)Commit to an accelerated reduction of its own carbon emissions, with the aspirations to be carbon neutral by 2030; and to change its energy supply to 100% renewable source;
b)Produce a successor to the current Carbon Management Plan (2019-2023) within the early months of the new council;
c)Work with partners to produce an action plan, covering all relevant council strategies, and to submit this plan via Scrutiny to Cabinet by the end of 2019;
d)Call upon our ‘Re-Energise’ partners to match or better the council’s commitment; to publicise their response and to lead on working with the public to promote and encourage carbon reduction in all aspects of the county’s life; and
e)Provide the necessary resource for officers to deliver on the council’s carbon reduction commitments, and to monitor and report annually on the county position.

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

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

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

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

14 March 2019, Bath & North East Somerset Council, England, UK, population 188,678

Joint motion from Councillor Rob Appleyard (Liberal Democrat) and Councillor Mark Shelford
(Conservative) after council received a petition with 2,100 signatures.
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The full motion is here.
Excerpt:

Therefore, this Council resolves to;
Declare a Climate Emergency;
Pledge to provide the leadership to enable Bath & North East Somerset to become carbon
neutral by 2030;
Sign up to the UK100 Pledge to provide the strategic community leadership needed to enable
our communities to achieve 100% clean energy across all sectors in Bath & North East Somerset by 2030, as a logical step from the B&NES Environmental Sustainability Vision Motion passed unanimously by Council in July 2018, and as a way to enable carbon neutrality by 2030;


14 March 2019, Bridgwater Town Council, England, UK, population 41,276

Unanimously passed a motion to recognise the scale of the emergency, produce a strategy to deal with it on a local level and to work with partners to face the challenge.

18 March 2019, Plymouth City Council, England, UK, population 234,982

Unanimously passed with cross-party support. The preamble includes, “It is a powerful call to action that engages the entire community; it’s not just about the practical actions that a Council might take.”
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The full motion is here.
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The City Council resolves to:
(1) Declare a ‘Climate Emergency’
(2) Pledge to make Plymouth carbon neutral by 2030, and commit to working with other councils with similar ambitions
(3) Request the Leader to write to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and
Rural Affairs to provide the powers and resources to make the 2030 target possible; and commit to working with other councils with similar ambitions
(4) Work with other governments (both within the UK and internationally) to determine and implement best practice methods to limit Global Warming to less than 1.5°C
(5) Continue to work with partners across the city and region to deliver this new goal through all relevant strategies and plans
(6) Report to Full Council within six months with a climate emergency action plan and new corporate carbon reduction plan
(7) Request the Leader to write to the Chancellor of the Exchequer stating the concern of the Council with respect to the above, the likely national impact on the economy and on the wellbeing of citizens, and requesting Government funding be made available to implement swift appropriate actions in response.

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

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