Get the City of York Council to declare a Climate Emergency

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Our global environment is nearing a ‘tipping point’.

The IPCC’s recent estimate is that we have only 11 years to decarbonise our economy and society so as to keep global temperatures within 1.5 degrees of pre-industrial levels and thus prevent catastrophic consequences for human and wildlife populations; there is also unassailable evidence that we are living through the sixth global mass extinction.

Extinction Rebellion believes that the first precondition for the urgent action that needs to be taken is that governing institutions around the world tell the truth about the severity of the situation, and declare a ‘climate emergency’.

Thus far, UK local authorities which have declared a climate emergency, and committed themselves to aiming for a zero carbon economy by a date in the near future (ranging from 2025 to 2038) include Bristol, Manchester, Scarborough, Stroud, Forest of Dean, Brighton and Hove, Bradford, Cornwall and Nottingham. In December the London Assembly passed a motion calling on Mayor Sadiq Khan to draw up an emergency plan to bring the city’s target for carbon neutrality forward to 2030.

We the undersigned would like York City Council to also declare a Climate Emergency.

We fully appreciate the financial and legal constraints on local authorities, however we do not think such a motion would be ‘merely a gesture’ – although its symbolic role, combined with the wave of other local authorities making the same resolution, would exert a significant influence on the national government.

Far more significantly, it would act as a catalyst for radical planning and policy decisions, and for the Local Government Association to demand the resources that local authorities need to meet the climate emergency.