Local Councils: Climate Emergency - Resource Page

Resources for getting your council to declare a Climate Emergency

  • Check out the Climate Emergency website for info on the latest councils to pass emergency resolutions and for a campaign guide to help get you started.
  • Check whether there is already a petition calling on your local council to declare an emergency. If not, consider starting your own using some of those listed here as a model.
  • You can join this Basecamp group to share ideas with other campaigners and councillors who are working at the local level to address the climate emergency. To join the group, follow this link to the log-in page. You can then create a new account by entering a username, email address and creating a password or by using an existing gmail account. Once you’ve logged in you can explore existing conversations on the message board or start your own. 
  • This guide from Green Innovations in Australia also provides some ideas about why declarations are needed and what they can do. 
  • Hope for the Future have made this helpful guide for working with local councils, which includes tips and info about local councils and climate change.
  • This blog post by Deb Joffe from Swindon Climate Action network provides a useful summary of research into methods for engaging local councillors on climate change.
  • We've also put together a draft text for a climate emergency resolution which you can access here.

For ideas about actions local authorities can take once an emergency has been declared then click here.