Organised by the Covenant of Mayors - Europe Office as part of DARING CITIES 2021.
All over the world, the number of climate emergencies is increasing. Urged by scientists and a growing sense of urgency in the public, over 2000 national, regional and local governments expressed their ambitions to take action publicly by declaring/acknowledging climate emergency, with many others following swiftly in upping their decarbonisation targets to 100% RES or aiming for climate neutrality.
Going beyond a more publicity stunt, this has been shown to have a positive effect on how measures and decisions are put in perspective to their potential climate impact. This also has an influence on day-to-day working practices within the city and can lead to a more harmonised approach to local policymaking under the umbrella of a climate emergency.
This workshop will explore why and how cities are declaring climate emergencies. Specifically, we will look into how doing so can foster cooperation between different departments and how declaring a climate emergency could lead to more concrete and more ambitious action. At the same time, the session will consider why not all cities might choose to declare a climate emergency.
Examples will be provided from Covenant of Mayors signatory cities.