Respond to the Climate Emergency

Leading cities and counties across the U.S. are beginning to shift into climate emergency mode. To date, 17 cities and counties around the U.S. and over 500 globally have declared a climate emergency and committed to ending greenhouse gas emissions at emergency speed.

  1. Learn about the local Climate Emergency Campaign.

    Read the declarations of climate emergency from around the world.

  2. Find your friends.

    Try to find at least one existing organization in your area that’s interested in asking local government to respond to the Climate Emergency. If you don’t find one, consider reaching out to friends, co-workers, and other people you know from your community.

  3. Reach out to The Climate Mobilization.

    Contact us to let us know if you are working with an existing organization in your area, or if you are starting a local Climate Mobilization chapter.

  4. Get more people involved.

    Documentary movie screenings, community meetings, petition signature gathering and conversations with your neighbors are an easy and accessible way for people to learn the facts of the Climate Emergency. See our tools section below for suggestions.

    You can also organize a launch party or kickoff meeting for the campaign. Invite anyone you think may be interested to a discussion: community organization members, clergy, labor leaders, environmental organizers, and business leaders, as well as parents, young people, and others who have a stake in the issue.

  5. Tell your city to address the crisis.

    Ask the people you’ve involved to meet with their city council members, mayor or mayor's staff about passing a Climate Emergency Declaration. Try to identify leaders who seem like they would be receptive. There may be city or county council members who are already looking to take action, but are unsure how to do so or that they have enough public support.

    Consider sharing model resolution language, a fact sheet on the need for climate emergency resolutions, Talking Points, and/or petition signatures.

    If needed, plan a long-term campaign to put pressure on a mayor or city or county council members who are unresponsive. Think about the relationships, values, and money (campaign donors and business interests) of the officials you are trying to move. Then, think about how you can use these connections to put pressure on them. Use tools like this Strategy Chart and other resources listed below to plan actions and events for your campaign.

Tools for Local Groups


You can share the following materials to engage your community around the severity of the Climate Emergency and the need for immediate action.

Presentation: The Need for a Climate Mobilization  

Presentation: Climate Emergency Resolutions Around the U.S.

Sample commitment cards so that people who attend an educational event, launch party or kickoff meeting can pledge to take action for a safe climate

Sample petition sheet asking elected representatives to take action for a safe climate

Planning a Successful Community Event

Books, including The Uninhabitable Earth and our accompanying Action Guide

Movies, including:

Tell Your City and County to Address the Crisis

Use these documents to prepare for a meeting and to present the facts to local decision-makers.

Together, we will mobilize the U.S., city by city!