Minneapolis declares climate emergency
Minneapolis has declared a climate emergency that demands a massive-scale mobilization to halt, reverse and address the consequences and causes of climate change. This declaration recognizes that climate change is already affecting people’s lives, health, livelihoods, and access to food and shelter with record heat, extreme storms and wildfires, droughts and floods, and other destructive effects in Minnesota and worldwide.
By declaring climate emergencies, governments around the world are bringing awareness to the need to mobilize resources at a scale and speed sufficient to protect civilization, the economy, people, species and ecosystems. In November 2019 more than 11,000 scientists came out in favor of labeling climate change as an emergency.
With the climate emergency declaration, the City commits to:
- Establishing a “social cost of carbon”: a scientific, monetary measurement of greenhouse gas emissions’ damages to human health, food production, homes and businesses, and energy costs.
- Establishing a Sustainable Building Policy to ensure that buildings constructed with the help of the City are as energy efficient as possible. Building energy use causes 73% of the pollution that causes climate change.
- Demonstrating climate actions that bring more cities and more people along.
- Pushing for an advanced building energy performance standard in a coalition of cities statewide.
The United Nations Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services found that human-induced climate change is pushing the planet toward the sixth mass species extinction, which threatens the food security, water supply, and well-being of billions of people.
In its climate emergency declaration, Minneapolis joins the U.S. House of Representatives; youth organizations including Minnesota Climate Strike, Sierra Club Northstar Chapter, Extinction Rebellion and IMatter; scientists and more than 900 jurisdictions in 18 countries worldwide including the European Union.
Dec. 13, 2019
Published Dec 13, 2019