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59 1st (Unitary, County, Metropolitan) & 2nd (District, Borough, City) tier Councils have declared a ‘Climate Emergency’. 42 of these have set a target date by 2030, 12 haven’t yet set a date, and 4 are aiming for 2050.

The full list is here

For a Council to have been considered to have called a ‘Climate Emergency’, they must have used these words in a motion or Executive decision, and also have set a target date, or be considering setting one consistent with the IPCC Report of October 2018.. They must also have set up a working group, to report within a short timescale (ideally 6 months) that engages a cross section of the community. We’re seeing Citizen’s Assembly (Lancaster) being set up as part of the process.


A Climate Emergency declaration issued by a body in authority, such as a government or local council, can be a powerful catalyst for community-wide action if paired with a clear action plan.

People expect an emergency announcement when there is a life-threatening situation, and will hesitate to take any action themselves if nobody else appears to be taking the threat seriously. Think of a fire alarm. People might initially think it is just a drill, and will ignore it if everyone else does. But as soon as someone who is considered to be a leader says the fire is indeed real and points out the safest exit to use, everyone will drop what they are doing and evacuate. Read More

Read our Campaign Guide to get your Council to declare a ‘Climate Emergency’. See if there is a petition to sign for your Council here. You can find details of your local Councillor here to ask them for their support. If you haven’t already switched, you can take your money out of fossil fuels by choosing a supplier that offers 100% renewable energy (and you will probably save money too). There are lots of individual actions you can take, such as eating less meat & dairy and travelling by public transport – see this article from the BBC for some ideas.

Climate Emergency Declarations with a target date by 2030

Preston

This motion was passed unanimously at the Council meeting on Thursday 18th April 2019. Notice of Motion submitted by Councillor Henshaw – 18.4.19 Climate Change Emergency Recent extreme weather events over several years have presented severe challenges to property,...

Teignbridge

@teignbridge votes to support Lib Dem Cllr Jackie Hook’s Climate Emergency motion, unanimously. — David Cox (@CllrDavidCox) April 18, 2019 (The motion was amended so that the target date is 2025). The following Notice of Motion was submitted by Councillor J Hook and...

London Borough of Newham

Newham carbon neutral 2030 💚💫 ⁦@JoshuaGarfield⁩ ⁦@SashaEduStaff⁩ @rokhsanafiaz⁩ ⁦@JamesAsser⁩ ⁦@grayee⁩ ⁦@NewhamLondon⁩ #ClimateEmergency pic.twitter.com/WngEvqR0be— FossilFreeNewham (@FFNewham) April 15, 2019 The motion that was passed: Full Council Motion-...

Isles of Scilly

The following motion was passed unanimously by the Council of the Isles of Scilly on 11th April 2019 Climate Emergency Motion Written by Jonathan Smith, Councillor for St Martin's. Proposed recommendations: 1.That Members thank the petitioners for the School Strike...

Maidstone

IMPORTANT: Maidstone Borough Council passed the @UKLabour climate emergency motion tonight. Upper Stone Street in #Maidstone is one of the most polluted areas in the country. Well done to Labour councillors and others involved.— Dan Wilkinson (@DanWilkoLab)...

Newcastle Upon Tyne

Responding Cabinet member for Environment Cllr Nick Kemp said the city did take the issue seriously and declared a climate emergency on behalf of the administration outlining some of the measures committing to make Newcastle carbon neutral by 2030—...

Oxfordshire

Our group were pleased to unanimously support Cllr @bigdamo motion at #OCCFullCouncil to acknowledge a climate change emergency and pledge to make @OxfordshireCC carbon neutral by 2030 🌳🌍🐧👍🏻 pic.twitter.com/OqGNuNviU3 — Oxfordshire County Conservative Group (@GroupOx)...

London Borough of Southwark

Southwark Council declares a climate emergency and commits to going carbon neutral two decades earlier than planned: https://t.co/w3EuX2YKPk — Southwark News (@Southwark_News) March 29, 2019 MOTION FROM COUNCILLOR RICHARD LIVINGSTONE, CABINET MEMBER FOR ENVIRONMENT,...

Cardiff

The motion to join with other councils across the UK in declaring a global ‘climate emergency’ has been carried by Cardiff Council, Yes - 42, No - 0, Abstain - 12 #cdfcouncil— Cardiff Council (@cardiffcouncil) March 28, 2019 Motion proposed by: Councillor Iona...

Redcar & Cleveland

Well done Redcar & Cleveland council! Climate emergency declared!Will Middlesbrough Council follow suit? https://t.co/nwoYBnMWgP— Hannah Graham 🌍 (@hannarrr_) March 29, 2019 RESOLVED that on the successful motion by Councillor King and duly seconded by...

Leeds

On Wednesday, Leeds City Council became the latest local government body to declare a climate emergency. Here @PaulChatterton9 explores how to develop a civic plan for climate emergency. https://t.co/2WziaoPJ4N — Rapid Transition Alliance (@RapidTransition) March 29,...

Suffolk

Members of public celebrate climate emergency declared at Tory controlled Suffolk County Council. Only 2 votes against. I could not have imagined this happening even 2 years ago. pic.twitter.com/Jz0fURnM2Y— Robert Lindsay (@robjlinds) March 21, 2019 Suffolk has...

York

York to declare climate emergency after young people make their voices heard https://t.co/ubz6ugUHTl #climatestrike— Kirsten Carter (@Sealemonsrock) March 23, 2019 The Motion, proposed by Cllr. Andy D’Agorne Declare a Climate Emergency “Council notes: 1. Humans...

London Borough of Tower Hamlets

Tonight we at @TowerHamletsNow declare a Climate Emergency. Thank you to @ExtinctionR for highlighting how important this is. Lots of work to do at the council, looking forward to working with colleagues to getting it done. pic.twitter.com/MfARdxPaaB — Cllr Dan...

Portsmouth

#Portsmouth declares a climate emergency and pledges to create an action plan to clean up the city’s air. Nitrogen Dioxide emissions are breaking legal levels at 16 monitoring sites in the city. Campaigners outside were lobbying for tough swift action @PompeyLabour...

No Target Date

Sunderland

Sunderland City Council declares 'climate emergency' https://t.co/GNeSFgQJn7— Lyn Dee (@LynDee33) March 29, 2019 Amended motion that was passed: "Numerous local authorities around the country have declared climate emergency and it is important for the...

Gwynedd

Posted on Facebook by Sandy Stevens: "Thrilled to announce that Gwynedd County Council have just declared a Climate Emergency this evening at approximately 5:25pm at their full Council Meeting in Caernarfon. The Motion was proposed by Cllr. Catrin Wager and seconded...

Ards and North Down

Yesterday, on 27th February 2019, an eerily summery winter evening, Ards and North Down Borough Council passed Northern Ireland’s first Climate Emergency motion. Led by Green Party councillors Rachel Woods and Barry McKee, the motion was agreed without changes in a...

South Lakeland

This Climate Emergency Motion, proposed by Cllr. Dyan Jones, Environment Portfolio Holder was passed with unanimous support at the Council Meeting on 26th February 2019. “Climate Emergency 2019 Council confirms that it is committed to reducing its carbon emissions and...

Vale of White Horse

Climate Change Strategy and Carbon Management Plan to be reviewed by Autumn.
Consider early date for carbon neutrality.
Motion proposed by LibDems. Conservative controlled.

Sheffield

Sheffield Climate Action reported that: Last night, Sheffield became the largest council in the UK to declare a Climate Emergency. The vast majority of the council (minus one UKIP councillor) agreed that we are in a ‘Climate Emergency’ and that councillors want to...

Calderdale

• Set up a Climate Change Committee with wide representation including from all party groups to set a new target and action plan for Calderdale to be carbon neutral
• Labour Party motion

Oxford City

• 2017- 2022 Carbon Management Plan to be revised
• “Encourages” establishment of Citizens Assembly
• Green Party Motion (amended)

Kirklees

• Councillor Working Party to Commission Environmental Audit, Consult expert opinion, identify practical measures, encourage action in the wider community.
• Labour Party Motion

Bradford City

• Emissions reduced by 40%
• Commit to challenging the region’s ambition on this agenda
• Green Party Motion (significantly amended)

Norwich City Council

Angry that @TheGreenParty motion to declare a climate emergency in #Norwich and ensure that @NorwichCC would become carbon neutral by 2030 so as to mitigate #climatechange was so badly watered down by Labour councillors tonight that no declaration was made and no date...

Trafford

• Cross party Task & Finish Group to seek advice from experts and set a ‘”challenging date”
• Green Party Motion

Target Date 2038-2050

Durham

Durham County Council have passed a motion declaring a 'Climate Emergency' and committing the Council to a 60% reduction in carbon emissions by 2030, and to explore becoming carbon neutral by 2050 "While the motion was backed by the majority of councillors, Lib Dem...

Devon

Devon County Council has declared a climate emergency - but an amendment to the motion calling for the council to be carbon neutral by 2030 was defeated. — Daniel Clark (@HEDanielClark) February 21, 2019 Devon County Council’s cabinet has recommended that the...

Greater London

• 60% reduction by 2030
• Local ‘zero emissions’ zones
• Electrification of buses
• All new buildings ‘zero carbon’
• Plans require massive Government Investment

Cambridge City Council

11pm 21/02/19: "Cambridge tonight declared a climate emergency. But the motion in support of this declaration was weak. There were no new targets and no new policies. An existing “aspiration” for zero carbon by 2050 remains. This is far too late. The...

Work in Progress

West Sussex

Amended #ClimateEmergency motion passed unanimously by W.Sussex County Council. Emergency ‘noted’ not ‘declared’ but otherwise a strong cross party endorsement for #ClimateAction Well done everyone who campaigned for this. We’ve been heard. @WSCCNews...

Sedgemoor

The following motion was passed by Sedgemoor District Council on 20th March 2019. Proposed by Cllr. Duncan McGinty (Conservative) seconded by Cllr. Mick Lerry (Labour)

Shropshire

Minutes of Shropshire Council Meeting 13th December 2018. Report of meeting by Councillor Andy Boddington Councillor J Dean stated that he was pleased to accept the constructive amendment to the Notice of Motion, the amended wording was also supported by Councillors...

London Borough of Enfield

Motion 11.10 in the name of Councillor Vicki Pite Agenda 30th January 2019 deferred to 27th February (no record of whether it was debated or passed. “More than a dozen councils, including the London Assembly, have passed 'climate emergency' motions since the IPCC...

Solihull

It’s a disgrace - Solihull Tories also last night blocked debate on our motion to call a climate emergency and referred it on to a Cabinet Member - kicking it into the long grass — Cllr Tim Hodgson (@CllrTimHodgson) March 1, 2019 Notice of Motion from Agenda 28th...

Lancashire County Council

Breaking - Lancashire’s Conservative’s have refused to declare a climate emergency. But Lancashire Labour has successfully forced them to accept that we need to be carbon neutral by 2030. It’s not all we wanted, but it is progress. #ClimateEmergency #ClimateChange...

Wirral

On 10th December, Wirral Council amended the motion submitted by Cllr. Pat Cleary & Cllr. Stuart kelly to declare a 'Climate Emergency. The amended motion was Resolved (58:1) (One abstention) – Council notes the findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate...

Reigate and Banstead

From the Minutes of the Council Meeting on 7th February 2019: Councillor J.C.S. Essex will move and Councillor H. Brown will second the following Motion: The IPCC Special Report on Global Warming published in October 2018 states that we have just 12 years to act on...

Glasgow City Council set up emergency working group

An emergency working group tasked with taking on Glasgow's fight against climate change will be led by Councillor Martha Wardrop. A councillor for the Hillhead ward, Councillor Wardrop was appointed to the role of chair of the group following agreement at a meeting of...

Powys

• Divestment Strategy
Encourages the development of Hydrogen production and technologies
• Plaid Cymru Motion

Liverpool

Liverpool City Council deleted reference to declaring a 'Climate Emergency' and many of the suggested actions to be taken: 2019: Year of the Environment by Councillors Tom Crone, Anna Key, Sarah Jennings and Lawrence Brown Meeting of City Council Meeting, Wednesday,...

South Hams

From the Draft Minutes "In introducing the motion, the proposer advised that similarly worded motions had already obtained the support of other local authorities including Manchester City Council and Bristol City Council. In addition, the motion had also been approved...