An In-Depth Look at Climate Emergency Movement
France. Ireland. The United Kingdom.
And over 700 localities around the world.
What do these places have in common?
Their governments have declared a climate emergency, making them part of a rapidly growing movement spreading the globe.
The Climate Emergency Campaign officially started in the city of Darebin, Australia—whose city government passed the first declaration of climate emergency in December 2016. Because of our work, Hoboken New Jersey became the third city in the world and the first city in the U.S. to declare a Climate Emergency in November, 2017. We have been on the forefront of working with grassroots organizers, local leaders, and organizations pushing their local governments into emergency mode, and their grassroots victories are building momentum around the world.
This campaign has already spread to sixteen countries and has been adopted by multiple organizations as a rallying cry for the next phase of the climate movement. Youth climate strikers and progressive politicians are talking about the climate emergency, and organizing for responses to match its scale.
Why Focus on Declarations for Local Governments?
They generate momentum for local governments and residents to demand that state and federal officials take emergency action to restore a safe climate.
· They create local solutions that eliminate greenhouse gas emissions and build a fairer economy, taking crucial steps toward a future of hope and community.
They break the deadly silence around the climate emergency by encouraging cities elsewhere to declare climate emergencies and commit to responding at emergency speed to restore a safe climate.