Background info on Climate Emergency Resolutions
This revision: August 12, 2019
Start here: this is a letter that was sent to community groups in all the cities in Sonoma County to introduce the model Climate Emergency Resolution.
The Climate Mobilization is the organization in the U.S. that began advocating for emergency climate action in 2014. They helped shape the 2016 Democratic National Party Platform, the Green New Deal, and the Climate Emergency Declaration currently in the U.S House and Senate. Their website has a wealth of great background information.
One of the co-founders of The Climate Mobilization recently updated The Transformative Power of Climate Truth. It goes into the realities of the climate crisis and how we think about it.
Another deep dive is Climate Reality Check. Subtitled “After Paris, Counting the Cost,” it’s presents an honest look at climate reality. The list of endnotes is long.
And here’s the Climate Emergency Resolution template in use by Sebastopol, Windsor, Santa Rosa, and other local jurisdictions.
And here’s a short list of suggested actions to be implemented in conjunction with a Climate Emergency Resolution. Every jurisdiction has wide latitude in selecting their actions.
Here’s the Climate Emergency Resolution that the city of Petaluma passed on May 6, 2019.
Here’s a link to the website that tracks Climate Emergency Declarations/Resolutions worldwide: http://bit.ly/ce-governments. As of August 12, 2019, the number of jurisdictions listed stands at 948 and increases steadily.
And, finally, here’s an article titled, 7,000 Colleges and Universities Declare Climate Emergency, With a Plan to Fight It