The City’s Adopted Climate Resolution

The Alameda City Council adopted the following Climate Emergency Resolution at its regular meeting on March 20 to Endorse Declaration of a Climate Emergency and Request Regional Collaboration on an Immediate Just Transition and Emergency Mobilization Effort to Restore a Safe Climate.

Part One
WHEREAS, as of February 2019, 194 United Nations member governments recognized the threat of climate change and the urgent need to combat it by signing the Paris Agreement, agreeing to keep warming “well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels” and to “pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C”; and

WHEREAS, the death and destruction already caused by global warming of approximately 1°C has increased and intensified wildfires, floods, rising seas, diseases, droughts and extreme weather; and

WHEREAS, national and international security experts have identified climate change as a significant threat to the security of the United States and the stability of the international community; and

WHEREAS, the State of California Ocean Protection Council, in its 2018 Rising Seas in California report, projects an increase between a medium-high risk aversion scenario of 6.9 feet of sea-level rise in the San Francisco Bay by 2100 and an extreme risk aversion scenario of 10 feet; and

WHEREAS, restoring a safe and stable climate requires an emergency mobilization to reach zero greenhouse gas emissions across all sectors, to rapidly and safely draw down or remove all the excess carbon from the atmosphere and to implement measures to protect all people and species from the consequences of current facts and projections of additional, abrupt climate change; and

WHEREAS, core to a socially just response is ensuring equity is centered in climate actions in a framework that ensures sustainability for present and future generations and supports self-determination and the maintenance of culture, tradition and deep democracy, while supporting the belief that people around the world have a right to clean, healthy and adequate air, water, land, food, education and shelter, as well as living wages and the attainment of basic human needs for all; and

WHEREAS, the City of Alameda and community members including Community Action for a Sustainable Alameda have begun a robust process to create a newly revised and expanded Climate Action and Resiliency Plan that identifies Greenhouse Gas emissions reduction targets for 2030 and 2050 that meet or exceed legislated federal and California objectives and targets; and

WHEREAS, the City of Alameda, as the Bay Area’s largest island city, faces an existential crisis from sea-level rise and must act as a global and regional leader by transitioning to an ecologically, socially and economically regenerative economy and by acting at emergency speed in a unified regional climate adaptation and mobilization effort.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the City of Alameda declares that a climate emergency threatens our city, region, state, nation, civilization, humanity and the natural world; and ...


Part two of the City of Alameda Climate Emergency Resolution will appear here next week.