Ban + Plan + Expand

After passing a Climate Emergency declaration, take the next steps towards Climate Mobilization.

From Los Angeles to the Philippines, millions of people have joined the Climate Emergency movement and are leading the call for a WWII-scale mobilization to restore a safe climate. Since 2016, 1000 governments in 19 countries across the world have declared a climate emergency within their jurisdictions. 

But for the transformative power of climate emergency declarations to be fully realized, governments must shift into emergency mode, acting quickly to reorient their priorities toward a rapid elimination and drawdown of greenhouse gas emissions through mobilizing all available resources at emergency speed.

Once in emergency mode, government officials have the responsibility to expand the Climate Emergency Movement downwards, upwards, and outwards, implementing climate mobilization programs and building public, regional, national, and international support for the World War II-scale mobilization we need to restore a safe climate for everyone.

Following a climate emergency declaration, governments at all levels can take the next steps towards climate mobilization through Ban + Plan + Expand — a strategy for immediate mobilization action to restore a safe climate. 

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CC by SA 4.0, Jeff Elder


Phase out fossil fuel infrastructure 

Addressing the climate emergency requires a rapid managed phase-out of coal, oil, and gas over the next decade to avoid catastrophic levels of warming. The science is clear: governments must act rapidly to keep remaining fossil fuels in the ground, from ceasing permitting for oil and gas extraction projects to blocking the construction of new refineries and gas stations through zoning restrictions.

Stop burning fossil fuels

Governments have a vital role to play in decreasing fossil fuel use within their entire jurisdictions and rapidly transitioning to renewable, zero-carbon alternatives. From banning combustion-based transportation within the city center, to mandating the transition away from oil and gas heating systems in buildings, the climate emergency requires a transition to a fossil fuel-free society.

Divest from climate-damaging industries

Governments also have the power to work to remove the social license of the fossil fuel industry by rejecting all direct ownership and commingled funds invested in fossil fuel companies made with the public funds they control. Through reviewing and withdrawing all municipal investments and contracts with companies or industries that contribute to climate and ecological destruction, local governments can lead the way in creating a climate-safe economy. 

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Democratize the Climate Emergency response

The strongest and most effective solutions to the climate emergency are those driven by local communities. By expanding democratic participation on the climate emergency through the establishment of “mini-publics,” governments can elevate the voices of citizens and marginalized communities within the climate emergency response, identifying effective local solutions and working to develop a democratic mandate for mobilization.

Establish a Climate Emergency Mobilization Department

A comprehensive response to the climate emergency requires the creation of a state or local Climate Emergency Mobilization Department (CEMD), a government agency with oversight and authority over all climate emergency planning and implementation efforts conducted within the government’s jurisdiction, to coordinate and lead mobilization efforts.

Create a Climate Mobilization Action Plan

The creation of a Climate Mobilization Action Plan in response to the climate emergency is key to guiding the massive mobilization of resources necessary to rapidly transition to climate-safe economy and ensure maximum protection. Going beyond incremental emissions targets, a Climate Mobilization Action Plan identifies and commits a government to the strongest mobilization-scale strategies, actions, and legislation possible on issues of energy efficiency, renewable energy, zero emissions transportation, ecosystem conservation, food security, and adaptation and resilience within their jurisdictions.




Above all, governments must implement comprehensive solutions that meet the scale and urgency of the climate emergency, acting to reach zero emissions and massive carbon drawdown within the next decade. New climate mobilization programs and legislation, such as the rapid increase of local renewable energy generation, mandating emissions cuts from buildings, massive expansion of public transportation, and drawing down carbon through widespread ecological restoration initiatives are required to address the climate emergency.


After declaring a climate emergency locally, government leaders must publicly advocate for the adoption of state and national climate emergency commitments, programs, and legislation to support emergency commitments, programs, and legislation to support widespread implementation of climate action. Governments that have declared a climate emergency have a responsibility to use their collective political power to strategically advocate for national and international World War II-scale climate mobilization.


Through regional planning, collaborative projects, networking, and education, governments can build a climate emergency action culture through the coordinated outreach and engagement of other governments around the world, academic institutions, nonprofit organizations, and businesses to push for climate emergency declarations and programs.

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