4 New Governments Join the Global Declaration of Climate Emergency

On January 17, 2019 Vancouver, Canada declared a Climate Emergency, joining over 20 local governments around the globe. (Image:  Passive House Canada )

On January 17, 2019 Vancouver, Canada declared a Climate Emergency, joining over 20 local governments around the globe. (Image: Passive House Canada)

The Climate Mobilization launched our City by City strategy after the 2016 election of Donald Trump, knowing that we wouldn’t have leadership from Washington D.C. to mobilize our economy and society to transition from fossil fuels.

Beginning in 2017, local city and county governments across the globe have answered the call for leadership by declaring Climate Emergency and committing to eliminate the use of fossil fuels with justice and fairness at the center of the process. Cities from Berkeley, California to London, England have taken this step.

Click here to see a full list of local governments that have declared.

In recent weeks we’ve seen declarations from Vancouver, Canada, Hayward, California, and Cornwall and Lambeth in the United Kingdom.

Here is a brief look at the resolutions:

Vancouver, Canada

  • January 17, 2019 Vancouver City Councillors unanimously vote to declare Climate Emergency.

  • Vancouver, a city of over 600,000 people, will strengthen its efforts to eliminate fossil fuel use, pledging to do so while protecting vulnerable populations and front-line communities.

  • The resolution sets the target date for completing the changeover at 2050, far too late to effectively ensure a safe climate. We urge the city of Vancouver to study this target further and accelerate their timeline to accomplish the transition by 2030.

Hayward, California

  • City Council unanimously declares Climate Emergency Jan. 15, 2019

  • The resolution requests financial and regulatory assistance from the County of Alameda, The State of California and the Federal Government.

  • Hayward commits to an urgent Mobilization to eliminate fossil fuels, draw down carbon from the atmosphere and increase resilience for extant climate threats.

  • Hayward joins with the City of Berkeley to participate in this Spring’s regional summit: “Climate Mobilization - Forward Together Faster.”

Cornwall, United Kingdom

Lambeth, United Kingdom

  • January 23rd Lambeth, England, a southern borough of London, Declares Climate Emergency.

  • This declaration moves the target date for carbon neutrality in Lambeth to 2030.

  • The motion urges immediate action and calls on the National government to assist.

Cities across the globe are in various stages of planning for similar declarations of Climate Emergency. City governments are energized to lead on this issue, responding to the groundswell of pressure from grassroots organizers and a growing consciousness of the need for emergency action.

Be a part of this growing momentum to move Climate Emergency  legislation forward. Click here to help Mobilize your city.

Marina Mails