Nicole and Harry, both studying for a Bachelor of Environment and Society at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, are undertaking internships at CACE toward their qualification. Their work with be added to the 'Post-declaration nuts and bolts clearinghouse'. Nicole will focus on gathering examples of low-cost programs and polices the council can adopt toward its climate emergency response and Harry will focus on council for models for facilitating energy efficient building retrofits.
As of 1 July 2019, 719 councils across 16 countries have declared a climate emergency. With the first to declare in December 2016, the number of councils that has declared has doubled in the past four months, as made available in the global list managed by CEDAMIA.
Moreover the New York City has declared and a number of nations have joined including Canada. This upward momentum to central governments was a goal when the council climate emergency campaign was first developed.
CACE is seeking partners international to lead CACE campaigns in their own countries. Activities would include but not be limited to:
Saturday February 23 turned out to be possibly the most important day in Knox's Environmental History!
At the Knox Environmental Volunteers Workshop there was overwhelming support for the formation of an alliance of groups to tackle environment and climate action issues locally, with incredible passion shown by participants to act quickly and powerfully!
They are calling on Knox City Council to declare a climate emergency as other global Councils and organisations have already.
Since mid-January 2019, Adrian and Bryony from CACE have been campaigning (and touring) in Europe. Adrian will be in EU until on 12 March and is currently firming up his schedule, with meetings so far in Zurich, Helsinki, Sweden, Bonn, Brussels and Copenhagen.
Meetings and presentations to date have focused on the UK but also include continental meetings, as in the list below. Most engagements have been very fruitful. CACE's goals have included not only spreading the campaign but also getting a proper climate emergency response from councils that have declared.
Over 350 councils across four countries have now declared a climate emergency with the vast majority declaring since November 2018. The momentum is staggering. CEDAMIA has been tracking and mapping the progress.
Maribyrnong in Victoria, Australia, declared this week following a targeted community campaign. Sarah Rickard, who led the campaign, has kindly provided a summary document of what the campaign group undertook to get all councillors on board. Follow this link.
The photo below shows Sarah and other campaigners with the Maribyrnong councillors, holding their statements of support for the Climate Emergency Declaration.
It seems that every week now, another council is passing motions to recognise the climate emergency. The long silence that followed Darebin's climate emergency motion in 2016 is now popping with declarations almost weekly, not just in Australia but around the world.
Following Byron Shire's motion on 18 October we have seen similar motions by Ballarat (a second regional Australian Council), Bristol (the first UK Council) and Totnes (the second UK council).
A distinction can be made between councils that plan to declare a climate emergency committing to mobilisation of resources and those just passing motions to recognise the emergency. The lists are as follows. Acknowledgement motions only are underlined.
Which council will be next?
We now have a group of CACE campaigners in Geelong and the Surf Coast! They met for the third time on Wednesday, the 31st of October. They are currently working on councillor profiles and organising meetings with councillors and have already got Damien Cole, a candidate for South Barwon to sign the declaration! (Damien is also involved in CACE, and attends meetings)
SIGN THE PETITION: geelong.climateemergencydeclaration.org/petition/
Keep up to date and/or contact them to get involved through their website:
Alternatively, e-mail Alex Marshall at: amarshallCACE@gmail.com
Byron Shire has become the first NSW council to declare a climate emergency.
Cr Cate Coorey introduced the motion and referring to other Australian councils following Darebin's lead. The motion passed by the council on 18 October 2018 is as follows:
1. That Council:
a) notes the latest report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC);
b) notes the Federal government’s latest emissions data showing we are increasing, not reducing our carbon emissions;
c) declares that we are in a state of climate emergency that requires urgent action by all levels of government, including by local councils, and
d) acknowledges that Byron Shire is likely to be substantially affected by climate impacts, particularly sea level rise, bushfires, drought and floods.
2. That the recommendation be added to the Agenda of the upcoming Sustainable Emission Reduction Advisory Committee meeting for their input to convene a community-led Climate Emergency Guidance Group that provides a report as to how Council may assist;
3. That the Guidance Group develops a Shire-wide Community Climate Emergency Plan to further enhance resilience and reduce climate impacts in a timeframe that is as fast as practicably possible;
4. That Council, calls upon the State and Federal Governments to:
a) declare a climate emergency, and
b) to back this up with legislated programs to drive emergency action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and meet the lower of the Paris Agreements at 1.5%
5. That Council writes to the Member for Ballina, Tamara Smith, the Parliamentary Secretary for Northern NSW, Ben Franklin, the Member for Richmond, Justine Elliot, the NSW Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton and the Federal Environment Minister Melissa Price, advising them of Council’s resolution and urges them to acknowledge a climate emergency and to act with urgency to address the crisis.
6. That Council encourages neighbouring Local Government Areas to join with us by declaring a climate emergency, developing their own Climate Emergency Plans and advocating to State and Federal governments as per point (5).
The declaration is covered in the local paper here.