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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


This local newspaper reporter's real-time coverage of today's key council meeting addressing #ClimateEmergency has been gripping. There is life in the old evening paper yet! @ShropshireStar @ShropCouncil #Politics #Shropshire https://t.co/ONU8QqU5UO — Jo...


Huge win for our Highland Councillor @pipinboots today, who was instrumental as The Highland Council declared a #ClimateEmergency https://t.co/OgJWXQXRwQ— Scottish Greens (@scotgp) May 9, 2019 The motion that was passed on 9th May 2019: Highland Council...


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 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...

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...

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...


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—...


Very pleased that our climate emergency motion was passed this evening at NuLBC. Thank you particularly to the young people who supported outside the meeting and in the gallery 🌍 pic.twitter.com/2tH80P9wDF— EMILY (@e_horsfall) April 3, 2019 Amended Climate...


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,...


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...


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,...

No Target Date


• 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)


• 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...


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

Target Date 2038-2050

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