Climate Emergency

Worldwide, cities and towns are declaring a climate emergency

Public pressure on national governments to make climate a priority is building. By declaring a climate emergency, you can strengthen this push and send a strong signal locally.

Most Climate Emergency Declarations call for zero carbon by 2030. As individual municipalities cannot achieve zero carbon without other cities and levels of government joining the effort, some have chosen to simply commit to local action compatible with IPCC recommendations for keeping warming under 1.5°C. We encourage members that declare to aim for as much ambition as possible and, at the least, make climate a priority in every future local level decision.

Join the hundreds of other local governments across the globe by passing your own local resolution! Feel free to use and adapt our template below as needed or let the resolutions of other members inspire you.

Of course, in addition to declaring a climate emergency, you can (continue) to look to our working groups, tools, campaigns and downloads to support your work.

Climate Emergency template as doc | as pdf || declarations passed

Messages from Climate Alliance First Movers

City of Kiel (DE)

Video message
"Kiel has been a climate protection city for many years. But we must and we want to become even more ambitious and implement measures from our  ‘Master Plan for 100% Climate Protection’ even earlier so that we can achieve climate neutrality well before 2050. If everyone works together, we can limit global warming to 1.5 degrees." Ulf Kämpfer, Mayor of the City of Kiel

City of Oxford (UK)

"Declaring a climate emergency is both a diagnosis of a problem and a sign of its seriousness. That’s why Oxford was one of the first cities to declare a climate emergency. We wanted to signal to our citizens our intent to tackle this global problem at a local level while adding to the nationwide push for political action on the basis of grassroots campaigning. Responding to this challenge must be inclusive, and we’ll host the country’s first Citizens Assembly on the issue in September."
Councillor Tom Hayes, Oxford City Council’s Cabinet Member for a Zero Carbon Oxford

City of Basel (CH)

"On 20 February 2019, the Basel parliament adopted a resolution declaring a climate emergency with broad political support. The effects on the climate as well as on ecological, social and economic sustainability must now be taken into account in political dealings. The resolution gives climate change a very high priority in Basel." Matthias Nabholz, Head of the Department for Environment and Energy Basel-Stadt

City of Constance (DE)

"By declaring a climate emergency, the City of Constance is sending a signal and becoming a driving force: A signal especially to the youth of Constance who are very concerned about the climate that the topic has arrived at the city hall. It is also a push to greatly accelerate climate protection efforts. But we are also saying: climate is a topic not only for local politicians and administrations – everyone must contribute." Uli Burchardt, Mayor of the City of Constance



Climate Alliance Members Having Declared

Oxford (UK)
Declaration as passed on 28.01.2019

Basel (CH)
Declaration as passed on 20.02.2019

Constance (DE)
Declaration as passed on 02.05.2019

Kiel (DE)
Declaration as passed on 16.05.2019 | Recommended actions | Overview of measures

Münster (DE)
Declaration as passed on 22.05.2019

Lübeck (DE)
Declaration as passed on 23.05.2019

Bern (CH)
Declaration passed on 27.05.2019

Erlangen (DE)
Declaration as passed on 29.05.2019 | Proposal

Bochum (DE)
Declaration as passed on 06.06.2019

Marl (DE)
Declaration passed on 06.06.2019

Saarbrücken (DE)
Declaration passed on 18.06.2019

Gladbeck (DE)
Declaration passed on 06.06.2019

Perchtoldsdorf (AT)
Declaration passed on 18.06.2019

Aachen (DE)
Two declarations passed on 19.06.2019
Resolution 1 | Resolution 2

Wiesbaden (DE)
Declaration as passed on 27.06.2019

Rüsselsheim (DE)
Declaration passed on 27.06.2019

Marburg (DE)
Declaration passed on 28.06.2019

Fehmarn (DE)
Declaration passed on 28.06.2019

Leverkusen (DE)
Declaration as passed on 01.07.2019

St. Georgen an der Gusen (AT)
Declaration passed on 02.07.2019

State of Vorarlberg (AT)
Declaration passed on 04.07.2019

Düsseldorf (DE)
Declaration as passed on 04.07.2019

Bonn (DE)
Declaration as passed on 04.07.2019 | Proposal | Position of the administration

Ried im Innkreis (AT)
Declaration passed on 04.07.2019

Steyregg (AT)
Declaration passed on 04.07.2019

Herdecke (DE)
Declaration passed on 04.07.2019

Emsdetten (DE)
Declaration passed on 06.07.2019

Hartberg (AT)
Declaration passed on 08.07.2019

Herzogenrath (DE)
Declaration passed on 09.07.2019

Cologne (DE)
Declaration as passed on 09.07.2019

Hamm (DE)
Declaration passed on 09.07.2019

Bühl (DE)
Declaration passed on 10.07.2019

Kufstein (AT)
Declaration passed on 10.07.2019

Sundern (DE)
Declaration passed on 11.07.2019

Leichlingen (DE)
Declaration passed on 11.07.2019

Karlsruhe (DE)
Declaration as passed on 16.07.2019

*Please note that Climate Alliance does not advocate offsetting and compensation schemes to reach emergency targets, as these can be used to promote business as usual paired with a reliance on technological fixes and intransparent maths instead of concrete emissions reductions at their source. See the Climate Alliance Resolution on Compensation (April 2008) as well as this article by ProPublica.