The Climate Emergency Declaration – An examination

An examination of key and oft forgotten aspects

More and more cities and municipalities are declaring a climate emergency or adopting similar resolutions. It is a step that can make a difference:

  • It can ensure that climate is a priority in all local-level decisions
  • It can show citizens that their city or town is taking climate change seriously
  • It can promote climate awareness among the citizens
  • It can call on national governments to take action and to provide the local level with the necessary support

Nevertheless, climate emergency declarations don’t come without challenges. From the naming of the resolution to its contents and financial issues, a wide variety of obstacles beg to be overcome.

This brief analysis focuses on common contents and points of conflict in climate crisis declarations while also identifying topics often neglected.

The analysis (pdf)