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92 1st (Unitary, County, Metropolitan) & 2nd (District, Borough, City) tier Councils have declared a ‘Climate Emergency’. 61 of these have set a target date by 2030, 22 haven’t yet set a date, and 9 are aiming for zero carbon by 2050.

The full list is here


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

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.

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

London Borough of Redbridge

UK E. #London- #Climateemergency declared in #Redbridge; #Climatechange activists, local cycling groups gathered outside town hall last night (Thurs., June 22) before full council to demand change, https://t.co/wvbSdoQ9JH #FridaysForFurture #ExtinctionRebellion...

Northamptonshire

37 votes for, 8 against. Northamptonshire County Council has officially declared a climate emergency and set a target for carbon neutrality by 2030. Well done to our speakers there today - this is just the start 🌱🦋🐾 — XR Northampton (@NorthamptonXR) June 20, 2019...

Welwyn Hatfield

We're delighted to announce that the LibDem emergency motion to declare a Climate Emergency in Welwyn Hatfield was passed unanimously by the Borough Council yesterday evening. We look forward to working with all parties to develop & deliver an exciting new...

Warrington

“This is not a council problem, it is an issue for every resident in Warrington” https://t.co/jEcqsXRryx— Warrington Guardian (@warringtonnews) June 18, 2019 Motion 2 – Climate Emergency Proposer: Cllr Bob Barr Seconder: Cllr Brian Axcell Council notes: • Humans...

Birmingham

#Birmingham declares 'climate emergency' https://t.co/BtlAXj1gfu pic.twitter.com/Qn2wrOLdf7— BBC Midlands Today (@bbcmtd) June 12, 2019 The following motion was passed unanimously: To consider the following Motion of which notice has been given....

Northumberland

Cabinet Report    Statement of Intent Purpose of report To seek Cabinet approval to the Council’s draft Statement of Intent in response to declaring a climate change emergency and agreement to the next steps in developing a subsequent action plan. Recommendations It...

Winchester

Winchester City Council declares climate change emergency #WorldEnvironmentDay 🌱https://t.co/EWrplgZImj pic.twitter.com/VwfNLM7ku1 — Winchester City Council (@WinchesterCity) June 5, 2019 "Winchester City Council has joined more than 70 authorities across the country...

Caerphilly

Council pass 'climate emergency' motion https://t.co/iKZu1gdOF7— Caerphilly Observer (@CaerphillyObsvr) June 5, 2019

Northampton

Borough council declares ‘climate emergency’ in Northampton. https://t.co/l2ZVg6eprx— Northampton Chron (@ChronandEcho) June 4, 2019 Extract from Council Minutes: Martin Sawyer addressed Council on Motion ii) commenting that he had been a Climate Change activist...

Derbyshire Dales

That the following motion, as amended, submitted by Councillor Mike Ratcliffe, be received: “Climate change is an existential threat. Extreme weather events have caused damage and destruction in this country and have led to deaths and displacement of thousands of...

Gateshead

Climate emergency declared in Gateshead - but Green Party say it's not enough https://t.co/F78AGhTcDK— Herbert Soden (@HerbertSoden88) May 24, 2019 The motion that was passed by Council: Council notes: That the impacts of climate breakdown are already...

Wakefield

Wakefield Council has pledged to become a Carbon Neutral organisation by 2030. The UK's current target is to reduce carbon emissions by 80% by 2050 but Wakefield Council recognises the value to go both further and faster to respond to the threat of climate change. The...

North Hertfordshire

State of climate emergency declared in North Herts https://t.co/Xw8LBeIDpD— Herts Businesses (@HertsBusinesses) May 29, 2019 The following motion was passed by 43 votes with 1 abstention. Council notes that: (a)          the recent 2018 Intergovernmental Panel...

Three Rivers

Three Rivers District Council to declare climate emergency https://t.co/ofosf8Hu0Q— passenger60 (@pottersbar60) May 18, 2019 Motion Councillors Sara Bedford, Stephen Giles-Medhurst, Chris Lloyd, Alex Michaels, Sarah Nelmes, Andrew Scarth and Dom Sokalski to move...

Monmouthshire

Well done @monmouthshirecc in declaring a #ClimateEmergency. Join us in working together will all Councils to make carbon zero a reality asap. https://t.co/ZcLRCldg6N — Climate Emergency UK (@ClimateEmergUK) May 18, 2019 From County Councillor J. Watkins Motion to...

No Target Date

London Borough of Hounslow

WE DID IT! After an impassioned speech from Tony Firkins, an enthusiastic endorsement from a motion proposed by Katherine Dunne, Hounslow Council have declared a Climate Emergency, and committed themselves to an Action Plan by December. The motion was passed...

West Dunbartonshire

NFLA welcomes West Dunbartonshire Council supporting the ICAN Cities Appeal and the TPNW, as well as dealing with the climate emergency and divesting from fossil fuels and nuclear weapon companies. See https://t.co/SXJbDqFxxK for media release #ClimateCrisis...

Wyre Forest

Wyre Forest District Council declared a climate Emergency on 22nd. May. This was affirmed in 2 motions. 1. Motion from Councillor Fran Oborski MBE, Independent, Liberal Democrat and Green Group as amended by the Labour Group Acknowledging that Global Warming is an...

Derby

Derby City Council has declared a climate emergency. It will create a group to tackle #climatechange & set a new target for the city to become carbon-neutral. It's a big win for local campaign groups. I've been following Derby Climate Coalition for the...

Dorset

Out of the blue @DorsetCouncilUK declare a #ClimateEmergency. Well done Cllr. Ray Brian: "But most of all, as a council, we will try to put pressure on central government to take a more serious look at what we need to do." https://t.co/QbQzf1kjCj—...

Orkney Islands

Yesterday the Orkney Islands Council declared a climate change emergency at the council meeting, after a lot of campaigning and a petition. This isn’t a solution, but it is a great step in the right direction and I’m really hopeful that this will lead to more work...

Pembrokeshire

The Council decided to debate Parts 1 & 4 but refer the other sections of the motion to the Scrutiny Committee. There were 38 votes for declaring a 'Climate Emergency and calling on the "Welsh and UK Governments to provide the necessary support and resources to...

London Borough of Waltham Forest

Great to see WF steppin up------Climate emergency declared in Waltham Forest https://t.co/7HuccnAOeZ — deDraft (@deDraftLondon) May 1, 2019 The motion that was passed: This Council notes that: On 8th October 2018, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change...

Medway

Tonight’s motion on climate change has been agreed by #FullCouncil To read details on the motion, see item 14 D – https://t.co/yL0HIlQJVa— Medway Council (@medway_council) April 25, 2019 Councillor Maple, supported by Councillor Joy, proposed the following:...

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...

Target Date 2038-2050

North Lanarkshire

The following motion was apparently amended but the Council was reported to have still declared a climate emergency. Notice of Motion by Councillor Linden and Councillor J Ashraf "That North Lanarkshire Council expresses its support for the recent decision by the...

Coventry

Coventry council's emissions pledge attacked for falling short of 'climate emergency' demands - https://t.co/JRY0Zo6tOI— Coventry Observer (@covobservernews) June 21, 2019 “This Council confirms its commitment to addressing the issue of climate...

Cheshire West and Chester

'Most important issue we will face in our lifetime' – Council declares climate emergency: CHESHIRE West and Chester Council has become the latest local authority to declare a climate emergency. https://t.co/dsae3MXdEG pic.twitter.com/yrXyuNsmjZ — Middlewich Guardian...

Liverpool City Region

In recognition of the pressing threat of climate change and the urgent need to take action, the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority declared a climate emergency at its Annual Meeting on Friday. See official announcement here. Liverpool Council previously declined...

Kent

In the county hall we're having a debate of 2050 v 2030 as Kent Conservatives have editted the climate emergency motion to commit to carbon neutrality 30 years later than Green's @martinwhybrow and @ExtinctionR demands. #LDReporter — Caitlin Webb (@WriterCaits) May...

Glasgow

y Councillor Anna Richardson:- "Council records its full support for the decision of the First Minister to declare that there is a climate emergency. Council notes and endorses the First Minister's commitment to heed the science underpinning the declaration of a...

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

Sedgemoor

The following motion was passed by Sedgemoor District Council on 20th March 2019. For more information see this Bridgewater Mercury article. Proposed by Cllr. Duncan McGinty (Conservative) seconded by Cllr. Mick Lerry (Labour) [pdf-embedder...

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...

Lewes District Council

Contrary to their inclusion in this Green Party list, we can find no evidence that Lewes District Council have declared a 'Climate Emergency'. They have passed the following motion to convene a group to "make recommendations and propose challenging targets for...