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2019 was the year of ‘climate emergency’ declarations

Reported today on The Verge

For the full article visit: https://www.theverge.com/2019/12/27/21038949/climate-change-2019-emergency-declaration

Reported today in The Verge.

2019 was the year of ‘climate emergency’ declarations

A rapidly changing climate drove hundreds of governments around the world to declare states of emergency in 2019. While the declarations are largely symbolic gestures, they have in some cases become jumping-off points for real action. It’s the culmination of coordinated efforts by activists pushing governments to take action that is as dramatic as the threats posed by the climate crisis.

“This year, the Climate Emergency movement reached a tipping point, and thousands of average people began getting involved in climate politics and advocating for change,” Laura Berry, director of research and publications at The Climate Mobilization wrote to The Verge in an email. Her Brooklyn-based advocacy group has been behind a campaign to push for emergency declarations across the globe. Berry’s organization has worked alongside grassroots groups to push for local declarations and has lobbied Congress, too. She says the global climate emergency movement has exploded in growth this year as campaigns from both her group and other efforts have taken hold.

In the final year of the hottest decade on record, climate emergency declarations have grown in scale from individual cities to an entire continent sounding the alarm. In May 2019, the UK became the first national government to declare a climate emergency, days after similar declarations from Scotland and Wales.”By November, the European Parliament had done the same. That month, more than 11,000 scientists jointly declared that Earth is “clearly and unequivocally” facing a climate emergency, too. Oxford Dictionaries made “climate emergency” its word of the year.

Today, about 800 million people live in places that have declared global warming an em

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