Cities and Local Governments Declaring Climate Emergencies Cross 1,000 Mark
Malibu California Among Most Recent Locations to Declare
Brooklyn (September 11, 2019)—On Monday, Malibu California became the latest U.S. city to declare a climate emergency, pushing the number of cities and jurisdictions worldwide past the 1,000 mark.
A recent news report in the Malibu Times shows the Malibu City Council voted 4-1 “Monday night to declare a climate emergency and request nearby cities join Malibu in a “regional collaboration on an immediate just transition and emergency mobilization effort to restore a safe climate.”
“Citing an increase of wildfires, drought conditions and sea level rise, Council Members Skylar Peak and Mikke Pierson together proposed an item declaring a climate emergency, requesting the other cities in the Las Virgenes-Malibu Council of Governments (better known as the COG) join Malibu in the declaration.”
The five COG cities include: Agoura Hills, Calabasas, Hidden Hills, Malibu and Westlake Village.
“This is a huge sign that more and more cities and communities are grasping the existential threat we face in the climate emergency,” said The Climate Mobilization Executive Director and founder Margaret Klein Salamon. “People are getting the urgency needed to mobilize on a massive scale necessary to protect humanity and the natural world. We look forward to more cities declaring and hopefully Congress declaring a national emergency soon.”
More than 1000 governments in 19 countries across the world have declared a climate emergency, including New York City, the largest city in the U.S. to do so. In June, Los Angeles voted to create a new Office of Climate Emergency Mobilization. This movement to declare a climate emergency and enact a plan against global warming has also gained steam in Congress, where legislation to declare a national emergency has now gained 66 cosponsors in the House of Representatives and 7 in the Senate – including six of the seven senators running for president.
In June, The Climate Mobilization issued a petition supported by more than 80 environmental and climate justice organizations including Mothers Out Front, Extinction Rebellion, Progressive Democrats of America, calling on Congress to declare a climate emergency in the U.S.
This month, The Climate Mobilization rolled out its new Ban, Plan and Expand initiative and a new toolkit to help localities move forward strategically after declaring a climate emergency. To learn more visit here.