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.