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To: Birmingham City Council

Birmingham City Council: Declare a Climate Emergency and Take Action

On Tuesday 11th June Birmingham City Council declared a climate emergency!
All 83 councillors who turned up to the meeting (out of possible 101) voted for the motion. Extinction Rebellion were named as part of the debate and the young people involved in the school climate strike were referenced multiple times. Many councillors spoke and covered a range of topics including energy, transport, education, housing, waste, divestment of pension funds and investment and system change. The petition was submitted with over 3000 signatures.
This decision has placed the UK’s second largest city on the climate crisis map of those willing to take action. Thank you so much for your support so far! Now we must ensure that action happens! If you want to stay involved, here are a few of the local groups that will continue to support, monitor and put pressure on the council:

Please do reply to this email if you have any questions! And thank you once again for taking part in this campaign!

Best wishes,

Birmingham City Council: Declare a Climate Emergency and Take Action

We are calling on Birmingham City Council to:

1. Debate a climate emergency motion at full council;
2. Pledge to make the city of Birmingham carbon neutral by 2025;
3. Call on Westminster to provide the powers and resources to make this target achievable;
4. Work with other local authorities on methods to limit Global Warming to less than 1.5°C;
5. Work with partners across the West Midlands to deliver this goal;
6. Report to Full Council within six months with the actions the Council will take to address this emergency.

Why is this important?

The effects of climate change are already being felt around the world. In the UK, we have seen increased levels of drought, flooding, storm damage, and this February even wildfire. In order to reduce the chance of runaway Global Warming and limit the effects of Climate Breakdown, we need to reduce our CO2 equivalent emissions by all means possible as quickly as possible.

The IPCC’s Special Report on Global Warming, published last October, describes the enormous harm that a 2°C temperature rise is likely to cause compared to a 1.5°C rise. It states that limiting Global Warming to 1.5°C may still be possible with ambitious action from authorities, but we only have 12 years (to 2030) to achieve this.

City Councils around the world are responding by declaring a ‘Climate Emergency’ and committing resources to address it. London, Liverpool, Manchester, Bristol and 23 smaller local authorities in the UK have already passed motions declaring a climate emergency. Birmingham must play its part in the national effort.


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Reasons for signing

  • Because there IS a climate emergency.


2019-06-14 10:30:15 +0100

Petition is successful with 2,693 signatures

2019-04-27 08:51:49 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2019-04-26 12:40:32 +0100

500 signatures reached

2019-03-18 07:54:53 +0000

100 signatures reached

2019-03-17 16:14:26 +0000

50 signatures reached

2019-03-17 13:50:36 +0000

25 signatures reached

2019-03-16 17:33:42 +0000

10 signatures reached