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.
City’s Adopted Climate Resolution
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
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the City of Alameda commits to citywide action that is rooted in equity, self-determination, culture, tradition, deep democracy and the belief that people locally and around the world have the right to clean, healthy and adequate air, water, land, food, education and shelter; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that an urgent global climate mobilization effort to reverse global warming is needed as quickly as possible towards zero net emissions no later than 2030, and that the City of Alameda should actively participate in an effort to safely draw down carbon from the atmosphere and accelerate adaptation and resilience strategies in preparation for intensifying climate impacts; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the City of Alameda commits to educating our residents about the climate emergency and working to catalyze a just transition and urgent climate mobilization effort at the local, state, national and global levels to provide maximum protection for our residents, specifically including Alameda community members who are unhoused, indigenous, low-income or people of color, as well as all the people and species of the world; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the City of Alameda underscores the need for full community participation, inclusion and support, and recognizes that the residents of Alameda, community organizations (including Community Action for a Sustainable Alameda), faith, youth, labor, business, academic institutions, homeowners’ associations and environmental, economic, science-based, racial, gender, family and disability justice and indigenous, immigrant and women’s rights organizations and other such allies will be integral to the leadership of the mobilization effort; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the City of Alameda acknowledges that there is still time to act and that as a city, known to come together in support of large efforts and committed to addressing this crisis, we can work together to make the necessary change in order to do so; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the City of Alameda joins a nationwide call for a regional just transition away from fossil fuels and urgent climate mobilization collaborative effort focused on transforming our region, enacting policies that dramatically reduce heat-trapping emissions and rapidly catalyzing a mobilization at all levels of government to restore a safe climate; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alameda City Council supports the city’s ongoing development of a Climate Action and Resiliency Plan, including the development of measurable climate-related goals for 2030 and 2050; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alameda City Council recognizes that in order to meet these goals, the city must continue to formulate and implement subsequent phases of mitigation and resiliency plans as soon as practicable, along with priority programs and projects both locally and with regional partners to secure a sustainable environment, infrastructure, commerce and living conditions for all residents; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alameda City Council directs the City Manager to work with the Department of Public Works to identify, within the Climate Action and Resiliency Plan, a Climate point person and appropriate internal structure to support ongoing climate action and accountability and identify a reporting timeline and process for identifying progress in meeting the plan’s goals, including adding a Climate Impacts section to all Council staff reports that provides meaningful information on how proposed actions will impact greenhouse gas reduction efforts.